I’m thinking about getting an ereader to read Japanese with. It will be predominantly light novels, but occasionally manga.
TLDR: skip to the bullet points and look at the questions, thanks
At the moment I normally read physical books, but I’m trying to progress to reading more native content whereas in the past I’ve predominantly read ‘made for Japanese students’ content.
The first book I read along these lines is physical with furigana, which was great, but there was so much new vocab to look up and, to a lesser extent, confusing sentences to untangle. It was good but it was very slow, due to the frequency of looking up words on my yomiwa app on my phone.
I do have an aged kindle, and I have used it to read the nihongo con teppei book - it was quite nice having a built in dictionary, but it was pretty slow and often times it was so hard selecting the text, that it ended up being quicker to type it in my phone.
Oh I should say I do have a tablet but it’s quite big and I do like the e-ink reading experience.
I’m not super interested in anki connectivity as I use kitsun.
So, I’m thinking about getting another ereader and doing some research. It looks like the main choice is: kindle or android e-reader.
If I log into the kindle on my amazon.co.jp account, can I put books straight on there ? I’ve a amazon.co.uk account that I’ve used with my old kindle but I think it’s difficult to use 2 accounts on 1 kindle.
I’m concerned that a kindle might be slow at looking stuff up, and I’m restricted to using amazon.co.jp. There’s been some mention of a restricted number of word look ups? That might just be the app though.
more flexbility but more complexity I think.
- Bookwalker app - does that allow word look up? Obviously not on manga but on novels. Am I restricted to always using the bookwalker app or can you take the content outside of it?
- The kindle app, does that have a limitation on the number of look-ups one can do?
- Seems that it’s also possible to set up OCR for Manga reading, looks quite complicated and brittle however.
- I’ve seen mention of using yomichan (personally prefer 10ten reader) - but as far as I can make out this won’t work in apps or embedded readers (like bookwalkers browser). Is the route to doing this, get the book onto the device free of DRM and then upload into the ttu reader in the kiwi browser with the extension installed?
Pinging @Megumin as feeI I follow a path you’ve trodded in the past (the book above your recommendation, the strange product’s catalogue series)
thanks for reading, apologies for the long post.