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Posted 11/13/14
All these Japanese people thinking they want to control piracy when there is no legitimate source where I can buy professionally translated light novels to read. It would be awesome if we could get more, but alas it will probably never be.
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Posted 11/13/14 , edited 11/13/14
There just isn't really a market for them. Even fan translations are often slim pickings. I'll get hooked on some random 1 cour anime that's based on a LN and rarely will I ever find a fan translation that's even close to completion, let alone started at all.

That leads me to believe that there likely isn't going to be a lot of money in it for publishers to sell official translations if there isn't even much of a fan community to drive it.

It sucks since I vastly prefer LN to manga. But what can ya do? Learn Japanese or something I guess. Easier said than done haha.
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Posted 11/13/14
actually.......

printing is the biggest cost in and of itself.

Get the licenses, do e-books. They could be sold here and partnered with amazon. all you need really is one file stored on your site...
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Posted 11/13/14
I do find that most of the stuff i like is only found in light novels some are done into manga but few are picked up and translated and I can hang it up on this site getting the manga i enjoy because the ones they keep getting are way out of my area of liking. So, saying that if CR came out with light novels i would be happy to pay more to be able to read them.. .but if they get the same type of novels as they do manga i will prob just cancel all of my stuff except for the anime stream because still haven't used my manga access because nothing i care about is found on this site.
Posted 11/13/14
There's Haruhi, some volumes of The Twelve Kingdoms, Shakugan no Shana, etc.
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Posted 11/13/14
I see there's multiple things that would make it awkward to sell light novels.

one thing as mentioned before is one, not much of a market meaning not much point in producing light novels not that there isn't any effort to produce it as Viz Media has this year produced there light novel label & released light novels under the label (e,g, All you need is kill)

Plus it has a more costly translation.
Manga as example only has a handful of words per page to translate with the rest being pictures to help tell the story.
Light novels on the other not only has more words to translate to take longer to translate, also there's emphasis needed to translate the descriptions as accurately as possible so a lot more work & effort needed to translate a single volume of a light novel as compared to a manga volume.
Which is also why there's even so few fan translations because of the extra effort needed.

While like you guys I would love to see more light novels released & there are efforts via Viz & DMG so hopefuly one day we get there just for the moment it doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon.
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Posted 11/14/14 , edited 11/14/14
LN market is gradually getting bigger here.

For example, there's a lot coming out this spring.

Index is due next month in four days, NGNL in the spring, and SAO is selling really well.
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Posted 11/14/14
One reason I think light novels and manga don't do better is its hard for small stores to make any money off them. ive been selling anime merch at conventions, ebay and amazon for a few years now and the profits are really low, its more of a hobby then a business.

just for an example I have a wholesale account and I can buy attack on titan for a $1.80 cheaper than I could off amazon yes only $1.80 cheaper since no one actually list manga at msrp online but after amazons fees ill get $1.00, so if I sell 100 copies ill make $100 but my investment was roughly 600 that's a lot of risk for such a small reward.

no matter what anyone says I live in the Midwest and I can go to a anime convention, toy convention I even open a booth in the mall during Christmas time and there is a large fan base but no one wants to spend money on 18 volumes when they can read them online for free, ill see people run up get excited saying look its naruto then there friends will talk about a site online for free. don't get me wrong people still like to have physical copies but Ive seen it a lot.



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That's really sad that so many prefer to read them online. I personally love light novels more than manga, but I don't like reading online, I prefer to sit down with the book in hand. I was having difficulties finding stories that were light novels. So far I've found Sword Art Online, and Spice and Wolf. I thought The devil is a part-timer was going to be a light novel since it was originally, but it's a manga. Does anyone know of really good manga or light novel series and where you would buy them? I've gotten some manga and light novels from amazon, and I found some on rightstuf.com. I believe crunchy roll has some too, just curious if there are other recommended places? This is an old thread so I'm hoping for a reply, but its unlikely. Thank you!
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pickles622 wrote:

@tdp7886
That's really sad that so many prefer to read them online. I personally love light novels more than manga, but I don't like reading online, I prefer to sit down with the book in hand. I was having difficulties finding stories that were light novels. So far I've found Sword Art Online, and Spice and Wolf. I thought The devil is a part-timer was going to be a light novel since it was originally, but it's a manga. Does anyone know of really good manga or light novel series and where you would buy them? I've gotten some manga and light novels from amazon, and I found some on rightstuf.com. I believe crunchy roll has some too, just curious if there are other recommended places? This is an old thread so I'm hoping for a reply, but its unlikely. Thank you!


The Devil is a Part-Timer light novel is coming out at the end of April in the US. Yenpress is releasing both the manga and the light novel for that series as well as a few others. Unfortunately I haven't seen many other publishers releasing light novels, but that should (hopefully) change.
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That's awesome! Thanks you! I hope more come out!
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Yen Press has a light novel sub branch called Yen On.

Yen On has licenses for SAO, Spice & Wolf, The Devil is a Part-Timer, No Game No Life, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon, Log Horizon, Black Bullet, Strike the Blood, & Kagerou Daze. I know for a fact they have more than this but these are the ones I'll be picking up

SAO 4, The Devil is a Part-Timer 1, No Game No Life 1, Log Horizon 1, & Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? all come out April 21st this month and at least 2 LN's each month for the rest of the year.

It's a good time to start getting Light Novels.
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Captainkirko wrote:

Yen Press has a light novel sub branch called Yen On.

Yen On has licenses for SAO, Spice & Wolf, The Devil is a Part-Timer, No Game No Life, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon, Log Horizon, Black Bullet, Strike the Blood, & Kagerou Daze. I know for a fact they have more than this but these are the ones I'll be picking up

SAO 4, The Devil is a Part-Timer 1, No Game No Life 1, Log Horizon 1, & Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? all come out April 21st this month and at least 2 LN's each month for the rest of the year.

It's a good time to start getting Light Novels.


They also have Durarara light novel vol 1 coming out in July.
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Posted 4/10/15

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Captainkirko wrote:

Yen Press has a light novel sub branch called Yen On.

Yen On has licenses for SAO, Spice & Wolf, The Devil is a Part-Timer, No Game No Life, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon, Log Horizon, Black Bullet, Strike the Blood, & Kagerou Daze. I know for a fact they have more than this but these are the ones I'll be picking up

SAO 4, The Devil is a Part-Timer 1, No Game No Life 1, Log Horizon 1, & Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? all come out April 21st this month and at least 2 LN's each month for the rest of the year.

It's a good time to start getting Light Novels.


They also have Durarara light novel vol 1 coming out in July.


Yeah, and they recently released SAO Progressive, which details the events of the 1st and second floors of Aincrad. While the selection may not be huge for LN's at the moment, it is certainly more than I remember even just a year or so ago.

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joey823 wrote:


xLuffy- wrote:


Captainkirko wrote:

Yen Press has a light novel sub branch called Yen On.

Yen On has licenses for SAO, Spice & Wolf, The Devil is a Part-Timer, No Game No Life, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon, Log Horizon, Black Bullet, Strike the Blood, & Kagerou Daze. I know for a fact they have more than this but these are the ones I'll be picking up

SAO 4, The Devil is a Part-Timer 1, No Game No Life 1, Log Horizon 1, & Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? all come out April 21st this month and at least 2 LN's each month for the rest of the year.

It's a good time to start getting Light Novels.


They also have Durarara light novel vol 1 coming out in July.


Yeah, and they recently released SAO Progressive, which details the events of the 1st and second floors of Aincrad. While the selection may not be huge for LN's at the moment, it is certainly more than I remember even just a year or so ago.



Yep I have read a few of them
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