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04-25-10, 10:27 AM

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Hello all. I've decided to create a guide for finding both raw and translated light novels. Here we go~!

Where to Purchase Light Novels:

Licensed Novels
The first and most recommended method for finding light novels is to simply buy them. Not only does this support the author of the series, but it also helped light novels sell better to encourage companies such as Yen Press, Del Rey, Tokyopop, Viz and Seven Seas that licensed light novels to continue translating and picking up more series. Here is a list of sites that sell licensed novels:
http://www.amazon.com
The most common site to buy books and other items. They have every licensed novel to buy and also allow pre-orders on new novels.
http://www.borders.com/online/store/Home
Unlike Amazon, you can go into a Borders store and get a chance to browse through light novels in person!
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
A popular bookstore that has light novels in their shelves to purchase.
http://www.rightstuf.com/rssite/main/
A great site to use for novels, manga, anime and other related items. They're got great sales too, so keep an eye on them every once in a while.

There are other sites to use, but these are the more popular ones out there. For the complete list of licensed novels, visit my post on the forum!

Raw
So, you want to take the challenge to read some light novels in their original language. If you want to buy some raw novels, I've got some good sites for you to check out.
http://www.himeyashop.com/index.php/cPath/113_114
Has a good selection of novels, however they are a little pricey. Prices range from 14 to 21 dollars depending on the series. Has recent volumes of novels.
http://www.yesasia.com/global/en/home.html (Global)
http://www.yesasia.com/us/en/home.html (US and Canada)
A good site for Japanese and Chinese media. Has a great selection of novels at good prices. Offers free international shipping if qualified.
http://benippon.com/en/
A good site for Japanese products. They have a decent selection of novels at good prices. Prices go by the Japanese yen.
http://www.sasugabooks.com/index.php
A great site for Japanese manga, but only sells the Haruhi novel series. :(
http://www.kinokuniya.com/
My personal favorite. This site is great for Japanese books. Some are lucky enough to have a Kinokuniya store near them! They are the closest to Japan that you can get in terms of books. In order to find the series you're looking for, you need to put in the series name in Japanese.
ex. Shakugan no Shana=灼眼のシャナ

Where to Read Light Novels for Free:
So you want to read some novels, but you can't buy them? No problem! While I encourage you to buy the novels and support the industry, it can't be helped if you can't buy them at the moment. Also, you can read some unlicensed material translated by fans for fans. Here are some ways you can enjoy light novels for free!

Translated:
1. Sites
http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Main_Page
Most well known and popular site for translated novels. They translated the popular Haruhi and Spice and Wolf series before they got licensed. Keep in mind that they will not have any licensed novels on their site to read.
http://transcendenttranslations.wordpress.com/
Kizumonogatari and soon To Aru Majutsu no Index?
http://okazu.blogspot.com/search/label/Maria-sama%20ga%20Miteru
Translates Maria-sama ga Miteru only. Translates the Drama CDs too.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/15935578/JtheE
DDD (Decoration Disorder Disconnection) novel series. Very well done!
http://hmtbs.wordpress.com/category/light-novels/
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My little sister can't be this cute).
http://kagedreams.livejournal.com/201551.html
Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy).
http://www.chihiro-subs.com/2009/04/19/asura-cryin-novel-prologue-released/
Asura Cryin' novel.
http://halfprince.wordpress.com/halfprince-main/
1/2 Prince novels.
http://tsukuru.info/tlwiki/index.php?title=Jinrui_wa_Suitai_Shimashita
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita novels.
http://translateordie.livejournal.com/
Read or Die novels. Love the name xD
http://shadow.randomfandom.com/saiunkoku/novels/index.htm
Saiunkoku Monogatari novels.
http://docs.google.com/View?id=d6f247s_9ghxzvfch
Bakemonogatari series.
http://community.livejournal.com/toshosen_tsl
Toshokan Sensou novels.
http://community.livejournal.com/bangaqua
Durarara!! novels
note: Baka Tsuki has translated only part of the first novel and will not translate anymore. BangAQUA intends on translating the entire series. For earlier chapters, search Durarara!! BangAQUA on Google.
2. Reading in the bookstore.
Hey, it's possible. You could sit in the bookstore and read that novel you've been wanting to read!
3. Your local library
I was actually surprised to find the discontinued first volume of Kino no Tabi on my library database! If you check your library, you may be surpirsed!

There you have it. I hope you find this guide useful in your search for both translated and raw novels. If there are any add-ons that I have not mentioned, just post it and I'll fix it! Until then, enjoy!



Modified by NanoZero, 06-23-10, 5:10 PM
 
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04-26-10, 5:41 AM

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thanks, a very useful post

another one is
http://community.livejournal.com/toshosen_tsl

translates Toshokan Sensou novels, currently working on vol.2
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Coltaine said:
thanks, a very useful post

another one is
http://community.livejournal.com/toshosen_tsl

translates Toshokan Sensou novels, currently working on vol.2

Okay. I'll add it. Thanks for the link!
 
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04-27-10, 7:05 PM

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I kinda wanted to delete this . . . but it IS quite useful and does link to where to buy Japanese books.

Then again, I'd rather have people buying English books so light novels have a future in the US.

I guess you are encouraging people to buy the books first and foremost, I just ask you to remove links of stuff once they are available in the US.

This is quite useful though, thank you!
 
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04-29-10, 11:53 AM

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Thorn_Pilgrim said:
I kinda wanted to delete this . . . but it IS quite useful and does link to where to buy Japanese books.

Then again, I'd rather have people buying English books so light novels have a future in the US.

I guess you are encouraging people to buy the books first and foremost, I just ask you to remove links of stuff once they are available in the US.

This is quite useful though, thank you!

I agree with you completely. I think people should be buying the novels in the first place if they're licensed. I did see a thread on where to find novels, so I thought that a guide would really help others who have the same issue.

I also felt that I needed to recognize some of these people who are devoting their time to translating a light novel, which is no easy task. But I'll delete the links once I find out that those series are licensed. :)
 
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05-04-10, 2:12 PM

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Maybe you shouldn't link to where to download the books. I guess it's OK if you bought the novel in Japanese, but that's sorta mimicking "owning" the book if you didn't buy it.

I like libraries too as a way of sampling stuff (much more than scanlations). I found out mine had the first 2 volumes of Magic Knight Rayearth II, which I never got a chance to read (past a few pages) when it was out in English. >:(
 
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05-14-10, 6:04 AM

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Great links here! I'm always trying to figure out which series are licensed or translated and where to find them!
 
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05-29-10, 10:13 AM

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Now I absolutely love you, NanoZero. Thank you so much.
90% of Anime is shit, but then, 90% of everything is shit.
 
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07-20-10, 7:13 PM

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I found a website a while back that had the first 8 or so volumes of full metal panic translated (minus the first 3). I can't remember where it was but it exists somewhere out there in blog form.

I wish that they would allow fan translations for titles that companies were too lazy to continue.
 
07-20-10, 10:58 PM

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tasan said:
I found a website a while back that had the first 8 or so volumes of full metal panic translated (minus the first 3). I can't remember where it was but it exists somewhere out there in blog form.

I wish that they would allow fan translations for titles that companies were too lazy to continue.


The 4th and 5th ones are coming out within the next year, according to Anime News Network.
 
07-21-10, 12:07 PM

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tasan said:
I found a website a while back that had the first 8 or so volumes of full metal panic translated (minus the first 3). I can't remember where it was but it exists somewhere out there in blog form.

I wish that they would allow fan translations for titles that companies were too lazy to continue.


Personally I wouldn't even bother with those sites that do translation in blog form. I don't wanna read these on my computer all the time. Unless they also post a pdf or some type of text document of the completed volume, I would just ignore it. I'd like to have something to put on my kindle. Although it is possible to "print" each blog post as a pdf file but that is a big hassle.

I'm hoping to see some more activity on the LN front. It seems that usually summer time is when these kind of things are most active since people have summer vacation and whatnot.
 
07-23-10, 1:45 PM

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really the 4th and 5th volumes of full metal panic are going to be released next year? Even though 1-3 are no longer in print? I kind of doubt it. If they are though I will definitely pick them up. I prefer to buy my light novels when possible but most just never get full releases.

Also I just realized I have vol.3 of shakugan no shana in digital form I believe I got it from the same website as the full metal panic.

Also I completely agree with you bandaid. however the full metal panic novels are in a pdf form, it's a direct download they just post the updates on the site. Sorry for the confusion. shame I can't remember the name of the website. All I remember is that the background is blue and words the title was in orange.

I just pre-ordered Disappearance, vol. 3 of spice and wolf, and chibi vampire 7. Hopefully people will post whenever a new light novel is licensed or released.
 
07-31-10, 11:48 PM

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Here is the complete list of all raw novels - http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?perpage=50&type=novel&orderby=rating

Here is the complete list of all novels with one release - http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?filter=some_releases&type=novel&perpage=50
 
08-29-10, 3:52 AM

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One of the last year's anime series which had been adapted from a light novel "Tatakau Shisho - The Book of Bantorra" has its first volume translated by a fan.
The novel "The Armed Librarians and the Bomb who falls in Love " can be found in this link:

http://seizonsha.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/the-armed-librarians-and-the-bomb-who-falls-in-love/#comments

The translator plans to continue with the other volumes.

And also volume 4 and volume 5 of Durarara! light novels are completely translated, and there is an ongoing translation of volume 6.They can be found in this link:

http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/

The translation of the first volume of Durarara is here:

http://differentclouds.livejournal.com/

The last chapter of the volume haven't been completely translated yet.
 
10-07-10, 11:27 AM

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Thanks for the link for Ore no Imouto. :3
And to hook onto the discussion of reading online/downloading books... I'd LOVE to buy the TaMNI series, but the only exist in japanese.. part of the reason I currently learn japanese. :)
 
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Thank you so much for this!


And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it
not.

- John 1:5 (KJV)
 
03-08-12, 3:03 AM

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Searched on all of them but I cannot find "legend of legendary heroes" in English. I would love to own that book. Anyone know where I can buy it?
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03-12-12, 3:16 AM

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ok thanks for the link , i will check the web soon
 
05-18-12, 10:00 PM

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http://www.wenku8.cn
translated but it's in chinese though, and since majority of them are fan translated typo appears here and there
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