Immersion Reader - E-Reader & Dictionary App

Hello everyone, I would like to share an E-Reader app Immersion Reader, available for iPhone and IPad.

Background

For a long time there hasn’t been a Yomichan tool on iPhone for reading. With a few weeks of developing, I made a small prototype and eventually turned it into a full app.

First of all, I made sure the lookup process was simple and fast.

A quick tap on the word and the dictionary pops up. No need to long press, highlight, or drag a bubble around.

To start reading, tap on the reader page and select an EPUB file from your phone.

Here’s a guide on how to convert your Japanese books to EPUB.

You can install your own Japanese dictionaries, including monolingual dictionaries and frequency dictionaries. Unlike Yomichan, the search function also allows you to search in reverse for bilingual dictionaries, for example, using English to look up Japanese words.

To add your words to Anki, tap on the top right corner to export your words to the AnkiDojo format. Transfer the file to your computer with AirDrop or cable, and then sync it to Anki through AnkiDojo. There’s a 3 minute walkthrough on how to set it up, and feel free to reply to this thread should you have any problems.

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Upcoming Features

  • Audio Books
  • Read Along Books
  • Browser
  • RSS
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Ooh I’m intrigued. I read a decent number of books as EPUB on iPad, and I have a book club reading to work on today with one of them so I’ll give this a try! :smiley:

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Cool!

It will look kind of funny on the iPad right now since I haven’t released the iPad (universal) version to the app store, but I will definitely update it soon!

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Ah, I did notice some odd issues when I tried it a bit ago. Would it be helpful for me to screenshot what I’m seeing or would it be better to wait and try later?

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Sure. It might take a few days for me to upload the newer version and have it approved by the app store.

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For reference, my system version is 15.5 and I’m using a 5th generation iPad.

Putting the pics behind curtains to avoid a giant post :sweat_smile:

Everything I highlight gives me double dictionary entries

All images are hidden as spoilers


I noticed some weird text handling

Same section from iBooks for comparison. Note 第一章

I should mention this book is using I, II, III, IV for counting chapters

Also I didn’t notice a way to scale down the font - it’s quite big by default.

No worries on time. I appreciate you’re putting your time into developing such a useful app! Having to fiddle around with the text selector is such a pain sometimes.

This patch is included in the next release. Thanks for bringing it up anyway! :smile:

This is a setting in TTU that you can set from the cogwheel in the top right corner.

TTU: Blur Image

Try changing the font family of both groups in TTU settings to Noto Sans JP

TTU: Font Family

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I didn’t even realize there was a cog at the top :sweat_smile: I’m used to tapping anywhere on the screen (excluding buttons of course) to show hidden menus, but I imagine that’s trickier to do with the text selection that’s going on.
That said, I can’t seem to access the menu you’re showing even after clicking the cog. I get a view of my loaded books and I still have a cog available to click, but it just turns from grey to white but otherwise doesn’t react. There is a book icon overlapping the page with the arrow as well. Screenshot included incase it’s helpful at all, but I think I’ll wait til the next update so that I don’t flood you with bugs you’re probably already aware of :sweat_smile:

Screenshot

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Hey, just want to say thank you for developing this, it solves a problem I’ve been having with using my iPhone as a reading tool during commuting. Normally I use TTU & 10Ten plugin on safari to act as a substitute Yomichan (iPad), however this doesn’t work on IPhone as for some reason the books won’t load into TTU. However the idea alone of being able to import our own dictionaries is amazing, thank you! Looking forward to testing this out.

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It would be really nice to have PDF support so that we could read manga using mokuro2pdf.

When you say you are looking into adding browser support do you mean that you plan to add support for going to web pages? That would actually unlock almost everything. Would really love to see that implemented.

Also proper ipad support would be great

Yes, it would take a bit more time to implement browser features, and I intend to add that as a paid feature to support its development and pay for the yearly Apple developer fees.

Yes I can add pdf kit as well, but once the browser is ready you can basically just use the web to open most files.

i would definitely pay for web access

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Which additional dictionaries would you recommend, where would I get them
And how do I add them in the app?

You can find some of the bilingual dictionaries here.

I recommend sticking to the included Japanese-English dictionary plus your native language dictionary.

For monolingual dictionaries you would need to build your own from EPWING here. You might find some online by searching with entires like “daijirin yomichan”, “大辞林 yomichan”, or “monolingual dictionary”. Download at your own risk.

To add a dictionary, go to Settings > Dictionaries > Edit > “+” icon. You can select the zip file from your phone or on iCloud.