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Speaking of Light Novels, a new service just launched yesterday, founded by Sam Pinansky (Quarkboy): J-Novel Club.

Four series are currently available, with more to be announced soon:
- Occultic;Nine
- My Little Sister Can Read Kanji
- My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World
- Brave Chronicle: The Ruinmaker

First part of all titles can be read for free, and the remaining parts, updated weekly, are available to members; subscriptions starting at $4.50/month.

The full press release announcing the launch can be found here.

So far, I'm enjoying My Big Sister Live in a Fantasy World most, but My Little Sister Can Read Kanji is surprisingly engrossing.
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is the site legit? there's zero information on partnership with Japanese companies, and looking at the site, it seems like fan translated service, except it's paid.

to make it clear, just like CR needs permission to distribute anime content, any site distributing LN should also have the permission from the copyright owners (yes, they need the permission to translate and distribute the translated content)
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namealreadytaken wrote:

is the site legit? there's zero information on partnership with Japanese companies, and looking at the site, it seems like fan translated service, except it's paid.

to make it clear, just like CR needs permission to distribute anime content, any site distributing LN should also have the permission from the copyright owners (yes, they need the permission to translate and distribute the translated content)


They claim to have licensed the content, or at least strongly imply it. Here's from their About Us page (emphasis mine):


J-Novel Club is a digital publishing company started by translators and fans like you! Our mission is to translate and release the coolest, funnest, and newest light novels from Japan to the world. We saw that the fans really want to check out the latest light novels, but very few of them were being officially released in English. So, founder Sam Pinansky decided to gather together the best group of Japanese to English translators and editors, and headed over to the Japanese publishers to license content. To his surprise, some of them actually said yes!

By focusing on digital releases, and providing a membership service to let people read the books as soon as they are translated, our goal is to build a community of light novel readers and to grow the market, so that more and more releases can be officially licensed and translated. We won't just publish the big hit light novels that get anime adaptations, but also newer titles or books from small publishers and web novels... as long as it's a blast to read, we'll bring it to you! So pull out your tablet or ereader, sit down in a comfy chair, and join the club!


Pinansky was one of the founders of the (now defunct) Anime Sols.
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Interview with the founder here. It does say he partnered with Hobby Japan and OVERLAP. I guess theres no way to be 100% certain it is legit unless someone confirms with them, but seems pretty legit to me. The fact that you can't copy text sounds like something a publisher would demand.

I am finding the translations to be pretty high quality. Not sure I have much time for more than a couple series at a time, but I think the release schedule will make it so I read more.
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and headed over to the Japanese publishers to license content. To his surprise, some of them actually said yes!

this is way too vague though. they need a page specifically showing their partnership with the Japanese companies, just like CR:

even in the extremely unlikely case that the companies give permission without asking anything in return, they should still list the companies on their site. as it is, they only claimed that "some" companies gave them permission - a claim so vague, it's impossible to verify the truth.
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namealreadytaken wrote:


lorreen wrote:
and headed over to the Japanese publishers to license content. To his surprise, some of them actually said yes!

this is way too vague though. they need a page specifically showing their partnership with the Japanese companies, just like CR:

even in the extremely unlikely case that the companies give permission without asking anything in return, they should still list the companies on their site. as it is, they only claimed that "some" companies gave them permission - a claim so vague, it's impossible to verify the truth.


There's also something known as "reputation." Pinansky has that.

I imagine that a page specifically showing the partnerships is not legally required.

If you are skeptical then I'm sure it is not very hard to find the Japanese publishers of the titles they have, and ask them to confirm.
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Here's our full press release with quotes from the Japanese publishers in case you are still not convinced:
http://www.animeherald.com/pressrelease/j-novel-club-ebook-service-launches-4-titles/
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^ah, thanks for the links. maybe they're indeed legit, and given that's the case, it's really cool to see a service that provides official translations of the light novel.
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Sorry, should have provided more info in my initial opening post, but I guess I forgot that not everyone is as familiar with the projects Sam has been involved in.

For the record, I would never encourage anyone to use a service, if I didn't have 100% trust that it's on the up-and-up.
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Well if he did anime sols then I know I can give credit to the creator for having heart at least, so I may as well check this out. Someone tell me which I should read first and why.
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Someone tell me which I should read first and why.


"My Little Sister Can Read Kanji" takes a satirical look at the entire LN industry, and it has a pretty crazy start. If this isn't your first rodeo with LNs, then I would recommend it.
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octorockandroll wrote:
Someone tell me which I should read first and why.


"My Little Sister Can Read Kanji" takes a satirical look at the entire LN industry, and it has a pretty crazy start. If this isn't your first rodeo with LNs, then I would recommend it.


It would indeed be my first foray into LNs, but if it's informative and entertaining how can I say no?
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octorockandroll wrote:


erictbar wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:
Someone tell me which I should read first and why.


"My Little Sister Can Read Kanji" takes a satirical look at the entire LN industry, and it has a pretty crazy start. If this isn't your first rodeo with LNs, then I would recommend it.


It would indeed be my first foray into LNs, but if it's informative and entertaining how can I say no?


"My Little Sister Can Read Kanji" is apparently Sam's favorite, since it's the one he's translating. If you're not that familiar with light novels, or LN anime, it might be a little hard to get into. Personally, I didn't really start getting interested until I read Part 2, so keep that in mind.

"My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World" is probably the most accessible, and the writing is pretty good without being too cringe-worthy.

If you liked shows like Mahouka/Irregular at Magic High School or Sword Art Online, you might like "Brave Chronicle," but that has some power-level inconsistencies that I haven't reconciled yet, and relies a bit more on cliches than "Fantasy World."

"Occultic;Nine" has a currently airing anime, and you might like that if you enjoyed Steins;Gate or Robotics;Notes.
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Here's our full press release with quotes from the Japanese publishers in case you are still not convinced:
http://www.animeherald.com/pressrelease/j-novel-club-ebook-service-launches-4-titles/


I'd join if I could pay thru itunes...
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