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Light Novels - where to buy 'em?
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Posted 4/18/14
Hey guys,

I've been trying to find english translations of light novels. The only ones I could ever find were Vampire Hunter D(which get sold at major booksellers), but nothing else. I know there are fan-translations online, but I want my own physical copies of the books. Does anyone know of any retailers that will ship them? Thanks in advance.
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Posted 4/18/14
Go to rightstuf.com or amazon and order them online. LNs as of today are very niche in the West market, especially since there been a decline in the book industry for quite sometime now.
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Posted 4/18/14
Nope. I order them from Korea and read them in Korean.
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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14
Problem over here is that not many light novels get translated and published even if they are EXTREMELY mainstream (Ex: Sword Art Online) . Another problem here, the mangas are coming out too slow. Most of the ones that do come out are already animated. In Japan and Korea, where either manga or light novels are ahead of the anime, the sales are really good because people want to know what will happen. Over here, the only reason to buy manga is to collect them. Bookstores here only have like 1 shelf for manga and they only have like 2 of each volumes, which means not that many people actually buy them. No book costs over $10 in Japan and Korea. (Unless they are limited edition with special attachments) Over here, no book costs under $10. And they don't even have those limited editions. That's why I decided to order them from Korea.

English (North American) mangas I currently have:
K-ON! College & K-ON! High School
Mayo Chiki 1~5 (Vol.6 coming out in May)
Certain Scientific Railgun 7~9 (I JUST got Vol.9. Got it delivered 3 hours ago)
Omamori Himari 1~11 (Vol.12 coming out July) + Vol.0

Korean mangas/lightnovels I have:
The World God Only Knows 1~23 (24 just came out so I'm gonna order it soon)
Nisekoi 1~6
Date A Live 1~8
Silver Spoon 1~10
Henneko 1~7
Kiss X Sis 1~7

and most of the books I got here cost $11~13 each.
The ones I order from Korean cost like $5.50 for each manga and $8 for each light novel. Plus they give free shipping on purchases more than $50.
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Posted 4/18/14
Wow, thanks for the info guys. I wish the distributors would see the demand for the LN's and release them accordingly. If one can buy figurines, one could definitely fill a bookshelf with LN's.
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Posted 4/19/14

VAHitokiri wrote:

Wow, thanks for the info guys. I wish the distributors would see the demand for the LN's and release them accordingly. If one can buy figurines, one could definitely fill a bookshelf with LN's.

True, but it takes no effort to send a figurine. Translating an entire book is difficult, whereas figurines you just put an extra sticker on the package and send it overseas.

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Posted 4/19/14 , edited 8/6/14

VAHitokiri wrote:

Wow, thanks for the info guys. I wish the distributors would see the demand for the LN's and release them accordingly. If one can buy figurines, one could definitely fill a bookshelf with LN's.


Funny you mention this:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-04-19/yen-press-adds-a-certain-magical-index-light-novels

Posted 8/5/14
I've been buying them from Barnes and Noble for the English licensed translations such as アクセル・ワールド & ソードアート・オンライン and through Amazon JP for the Japanese only copies.
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The Japanese Kinokuniya Bookstore chain has a English section and a handful of US branches. Here is the website. www.kinokuniya.com/us They carry both translated and untranslated Manga and LNs and they are generally cheaper than Amazon JP by a fair margin once you factor in shipping. They also do free US shipping on orders over $50.
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Posted 8/12/14
I too often but from kinokuniya, they ship fairly quickly. Tons of Japanese language light novels.
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Posted 8/13/14
I also order from Kinokuniya. I've been in their stores once, in San Francisco. Maybe it's a good thing I don't live close to one. I think I'd be a lot poorer.
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Posted 8/29/14

Well_Spoken_Man wrote:

The Japanese Kinokuniya Bookstore chain has a English section and a handful of US branches. Here is the website. www.kinokuniya.com/us They carry both translated and untranslated Manga and LNs and they are generally cheaper than Amazon JP by a fair margin once you factor in shipping. They also do free US shipping on orders over $50.


Thanks for this info!
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Posted 8/29/14 , edited 8/29/14

deadpanditto wrote:

I also order from Kinokuniya. I've been in their stores once, in San Francisco. Maybe it's a good thing I don't live close to one. I think I'd be a lot poorer. :)


I stopped by their store when I was in NYC. It was amazing. They had an entire floor dedicated to Manga and LNs. I will make sure to stop in whenever I am in a city that has one.


tehshrapnel wrote:


Thanks for this info!


No problem, I just kind of stumbled upon them myself. They need to do a better job of putting themselves out there.
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Posted 8/29/14

Well_Spoken_Man wrote:


deadpanditto wrote:

I also order from Kinokuniya. I've been in their stores once, in San Francisco. Maybe it's a good thing I don't live close to one. I think I'd be a lot poorer. :)


I stopped by their store when I was in NYC. It was amazing. They had an entire floor dedicated to Manga and LNs. I will make sure to stop in whenever I am in a city that has one.


They opened a Chicago store not that long ago. It's a bit of a long drive, but definitely doable for a weekend trip.
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Posted 8/29/14

deadpanditto wrote:


Well_Spoken_Man wrote:


deadpanditto wrote:

I also order from Kinokuniya. I've been in their stores once, in San Francisco. Maybe it's a good thing I don't live close to one. I think I'd be a lot poorer. :)


I stopped by their store when I was in NYC. It was amazing. They had an entire floor dedicated to Manga and LNs. I will make sure to stop in whenever I am in a city that has one.


They opened a Chicago store not that long ago. It's a bit of a long drive, but definitely doable for a weekend trip. :D


I'm going to be in Chicago in a couple of weeks. I'm planning on grabbing at least a couple of volumes when I am there.
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