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Posted 4/9/18 , edited 4/9/18
I buy mine from amazon kindle and read them on my tablet.
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Posted 4/11/18 , edited 4/11/18
Amazon kindle for a couple of reasons. I read a couple of books a week. Kindle books are either 2 bucks or half price so it is a big savings. Second, the physical space to store the books. I had book shelves all over my home before I said screw it, I'm going virtual. Also, I use to pack several books in my luggage when traveling. Now they charge a lot for overweight luggage so Kindle solved that problem also. Amazon has a decent selection of manga and light novels, though I doubt it is comprehensive. English versions seem to take forever to come out. I prefer the light novels to manga or anime because manga and anime abbreviate the story too much. The light novels fill in most if not everything that was left out of the story.
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Posted 6/12/18 , edited 6/12/18

Nekoshema wrote:

what do you consider a light novel? 100 pages or less? Animal Farm would fit that. i also consider A Clockworks Orange a light novel, but it's like 200 or something. usually i either get it from the library or buy it from a book store because i like holding the book and i don't own a kindle/e-reader [though it is tempting]

It's a super late answer but...

A light novel has between 180 and 1150. The "light" in light novel has nothing to do with the size of it .
To be a light novel, a novel must be published under a light novel label. So A clockwork orange and animal farm are NOT light novels.


As for the thread, I usually buy them on amazon.co.jp or honto.p, usually physical copies except in the rare case where I can only get digital copies of it.
I read them in original language though. For peoples who want titles in english, checking bookdepository is a good idea. Shipping is usually free there.
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Posted 8/21/18 , edited 8/21/18
Just got Konosuba v.6 and Make my abilities Average v3 for Kindle off Amazon
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Posted 8/21/18 , edited 8/21/18
Amazon and Barnes and Noble if I get a coupon.
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Posted 8/27/18 , edited 8/28/18
I have a Kindle and buy J-Novel and Yen Press releases from the Amazon store. If you don't want to spend on an e-reader the 7" Fire tablet works well and is anywhere from $50 (daily price) down to $30 (major sales).

At $7-8 per short LN the cost does add up. If you're on a budget then getting the $5/month membership at J-Novel is a good way to read for less. You get one book a month plus better access to the website content: https://j-novel.club/top . They also have a monthly catch-up for 1-2 series where you can read all the older novels in a series (on the website) that month.

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Posted 8/27/18 , edited 8/28/18
I mainly buy off amazon but I will use rightstuff if its my only option.

As for non-translated books I normally don't read them. The way I see LNs in the west is that's it's still a fairly new thing here and as times goes on more LNs will get released. Just like in the early 2000s when anime/manga was starting to boom the actual west releases were far and few.
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Posted 8/27/18 , edited 8/28/18

Sasukeleep wrote:

I mainly buy off amazon but I will use rightstuff if its my only option.

As for non-translated books I normally don't read them. The way I see LNs in the west is that's it's still a fairly new thing here and as times goes on more LNs will get released. Just like in the early 2000s when anime/manga was starting to boom the actual west releases were far and few.


I hope you're right, there are some anime series like Maoyu where I'd like to read the rest of the story since they'll apparently never make a second season.
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Posted 8/31/18 , edited 8/31/18
I buy off of Amazon, getting Yen-Press and J-Novel's ebooks and read them off my kindle (or phone if my kindle dies yaaay kindle app). While the prices can add up, I use Swagbucks and Bing Rewards to save up the money for the Light Novels I want. I save up for the 5$ Amazon gift cards and use those.

I would love to get the physical editions.. but I live in a small apartment, and I barely have space for my manga, so my Light Novel collections will have to be digital...

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Posted 9/2/18 , edited 9/2/18
Barnes and Noble have free books that can be read on the Nook app. Plus you can purchase books to read in the nook app.Baen Ebooks has free books that you can download or read onsite You can also purchase books and read them onsite or in an app.
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