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Amazon is my wallet's worse enemy. There are LOTS of manga on Amazon, and it's nice as they suggest more depending on what you liked. I like to look stuff up on Goodreads as well (but that isn't a place to purchase books). There's also a few comic book stores that sell manga that I like going to, and even Chapters (the Canadian Barnes & Nobles) has a great selection - Amazon is the cheapest that I've seen though.

Annnnnnnnnnnnd the library has some too! Discovered some nice series by browsing through the manga section.
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I recently experienced the same problem too. After much searching, I just used eBay.
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I mainly mail order from Kinokuniya whenever humanly possible. They give a two or three dollar markup per book but have good shipping rates. Just checked EMS rates, and that markup is nothing compared to how much a tankobon would drive up international shipping (at 400 grams per volume).

I do order from Amazon.co.jp or something if I get really desperate though. Wasn't aware they changed their international shipping prices, I used to use a forwarding service to bring that number down. ^_^;;

Now, if you're really willing to go out into left field (maybe there's something out of print that Amazon doesn't stock anymore)... you could still use a forwarding service, but you still have to find a place that'll sell it and ship domestically. I use the forwarding service offered by Jshoppers (they call their service Tenso Japan).

I found a link that lists a bunch of places you can go to buy books, but I haven't tried any of the sites this link mentions except for Amazon.co.jp and Suruga-ya. The BookOff Online site I'd imagine would be good as well, since BookOff has a name to live up to.
http://usedbook.ichiran.net/

I've also heard of a site called honto.net, but haven't ever used them either.

Finally, I've heard Melon Books will refuse orders that are addressed to a forwarding service. I don't think too many stores will do this, though.


sanovah wrote:
Also random question for people that might have one. i saw a lot of the books i want at least from Amazon Japan are available in Kindle format and was wondering if anyone knew if books are region locked like say games?


Don't know much about this myself, but take a look.
http://www.modaco.com/topic/358551-switching-your-kindle-including-app-region-for-content-from-other-countries/
Posted 2/10/14
In terms of manga, I only buy the ones I simply MUST have. And then I buy from Amazon, usually used, because it is far cheaper, therefore enabling me to buy more. The only light novels I own are 12 Kingdoms (simply amazing) and that too I bought from Amazon.

If I want to read a manga physically, I go to my library.
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I buy manga and light novels of cdjapan.
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I used to buy books from Borders, but they closed down over here. Now I shop on amazon.
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For English translated Manga, I use B&N, they are friendly, give good service, and if I order online and the book happens to be damaged (which so far in like 5 years going there has happened once) they are able to replace it.

For Japanese Manga... well I don't have any as I have not started learning Japanese, but I would probably use Amazon or J-List, I have had good dealings with J-List before, and have had perfect customer service from them (not to mention they give extra stuff usually with their orders), but I have never thought about their Manga as I can't read Japanese, but they have a decent selection I think, obviously not as big as Amazon, but it isn't bad. But they are more expensive, since they are usually shipping from Japan rather than from in the states, which if you have never shipped from Japan before can end up being expensive and taking awhile to ship.
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Has anyone ever bought from or know anyone that's bought from cdjapan? I was searching an ISBN Amazon didn't have in physical format and came across them. It seems on the up and up, and is definitely easier to use than Amazon JP since its all in English plus it seems to have the same stock as Amazon including stuff they're missing and for some comparable prices. I just wanted to see if anyone has used them or heard of them before I throw money their direction
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The prices are good, one light novel will cost about six dollars in US currency but its the shipping that sucks but fair I guest. I usually buy 70 dollars in books (manga and light novels) but I end up paying around 30 dollars for shipping but that's because I choose Fed ex international priority, package arrives in three days. Don't buy books 1 by 1 or you'll spend more money on shipping, buy in bundles and less money will wasted on shipping.
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That actually sounds pretty good. I was looking at Amazon at JP and for EMS or whatever it's called it was like $26 flat or something and a couple weeks. So I'd gladly pay $30 for shipping if I can pick up an entire series. Have you bought individual books from Cdjapan and if so how bad is one book shipping? Debating if I wanna pick up all the books I want now or space them out.
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for one book around six dollars and fed ex shipping will add up to around 22 dollars.
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Amazon.
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W.H. Smith, Waterstone, Amazon etc...
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