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Old 07-14-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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Where to find Japanese ebooks?

I'm just asking on behalf of someone else, does anyone know where to obtain Japanese language ebooks - like an online store or something? They're expat Japanese and physical Japanese books are hard to find here.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:27 AM   #2
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Posted here http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50825
you'll also find your way to this offer:
http://worldebookfair.org/Japanese_eBook_Library.htm

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Old 07-15-2009, 12:54 PM   #3
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Actually, there are plenty of current Japanese ebooks available (and a lot of e-manga), but they mostly use formats which are currently not convertible. Two most prominent right now seem dotBook and XMDF. Here's a few links to shops.
インプレスジャパン ダイレクト http://direct.ips.co.jp/book/impressjapan.cfm
ウェブの書斎 http://www.shosai.ne.jp/
電子書店パピレス http://www.papy.co.jp/
BitwayBooks http://books.bitway.ne.jp/
PDAbook http://pdabook.jp/pdabook/
楽天ダウンロード http://dl.rakuten.co.jp/book/
SpaceTownブックス http://books.spacetown.ne.jp/sst/

And of course, the Japanese counterpart to Project Gutenberg is Aozora Bunko: http://www.aozora.gr.jp/
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:56 PM   #4
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Cheers for the help guys.

Igorsk, do you know what devices will run the books available at the link you mentioned - something like the LIBRIe?

Long story, but my Dad is wanting to by his Japanese girlfriend an ebook reader as a gift, but I want to make sure it's the right device with access to a decent library. And it's supposed to be a secret and my Kanji reading comprehension is pretty lacklustre.
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:08 AM   #5
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XMDF has viewers for Windows, PocketPC and Palm. dotBook viewers are available for Windows, Mac, PocketPC and Palm. The only dedicated reader (that I know of) that supported those two formats was the now-out-of-production Words Gear.
So, unless you're interested in only classics from Aozora Bunko (those can be converted and read on almost any device), right now I don't think there exists a dedicated reader that is useful for Japanese ebooks.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:58 PM   #6
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Pretty weird they don't have much of an ebook reader market given I forever see prototypes from Japanese companies for new devices.

Back to the drawing board. Unless you know of somewhere that sells Words Gears? I couldn't find any on eBay.

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