小川未明童話集 - Ogawa Mimei’s Collection of Children’s Stories (Beginner Book Club)

Yay! Always so exciting :slight_smile:

I took the page numbers from the tables of contents, so they should match yours :sweat_smile: Therefore I don’t deem it really necessary, but if you’d like to double-check one or two of the stories, I wouldn’t complain. :wink:

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I’m still trying to decide which format I should get.

Is there a way to hide the furigana in the Aozora version, maybe with a browser extension?

I guess I can do that by copying and pasting everything into a Word document and cleaning the readings. But Word only allows to do that for a few words at a time, so it needs some labor.

Edit: Sorry, I should have made a quick google search before posting this. :smiley: This one works:

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My copy arrived today too!
I’m really excited about this book - though the amount of text is a bit intimidating compared with the manga I’ve been reading!

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It may look frightening at first, but we will start slowly (the first story has less than a page per day, I think), and you will get used to it in no time :slight_smile:

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Hi everyone! Seeing as the stories are out of copyright and already available for free, I went ahead and created an epub version containing all the stories linked above, as I am an ereader fiend but also cheap :laughing:

Click here to download the epub

edit The folder linked above now includes a pdf version as well as docx - please note that the google preview for the docx does not have vertical text, but once opened in word, should appear as thus.

Some notes:

  • Stories are ordered as per the book club reading schedule
  • I have enabled right to left scrolling as well as vertical text for the epub (and now I know how to edit epubs. Fun times!). Not all epub reading software support this functionality, but kobo definitely does.
  • No furigana: probably possible to create a version with, but this is my first foray into epub creation. Whether this is a plus or not is up to you. Linked versions above do have furigana
  • Have not included a cover - if you use calibre then you can add whatever cover you want (which is what I have done), I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t disseminated a copywritten image
  • If you read on kindle, you’ll need to convert to .mobi format
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Thank you! In not-so-unrelated news, I just found out that my tablet doesn’t support Japanese epub files…:roll_eyes: At least there seems to be a fix, so if I figure that out I might just skip buying a paperback this time :smiley:

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Gah, that’s a pain… hopefully you can figure that out. Worse case scenario, you can probably generate a pdf from the epub?

Just doing some more testing on more ereader, and it seems that it won’t perform dictionary look ups (which I can definitely do with other Japanese books) - I think I need to set the language, so will play around with that more later and update the file accordingly.

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Huh, that definitely sounds easier that fiddling with my tablet, I might just go with that option :no_mouth: I have almost no experience with epubs since I’m usually a die-hard paperback person but since my tablet doesn’t have a dictionary or anything like that there’s probably no point in trying to get epub to work when pdf is an option…

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Is the tablet android? I use an app called Moon Reader. It’s free with ads (you can watch a video ad to make those go away for 3 days). Just download the epub, import it within the app, and it’ll be on your shelf. Organization isn’t great with lots of books but for a few here and there it works fine.

IIRC you can also import DRM free epubs into the Google books, Nook and Kindle apps but I haven’t tried.

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It’s a reMarkable so I can’t use any apps, it’s minimalistic on purpose, but thank you anyways!

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Sounds good! I also have a docx version that I used to generate the epub, so if yourself, or any else wants I can also upload that. Might be easier to generate a pdf from a word docx, as that would allow you to control things like font and line spacing.

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Okay so I tried around for a bit, I now have a pdf with horizontal text but I couldn’t figure out how to get one with vertical text without parts of it being cut off by the margins (at least not with any free tools :sweat_smile:), so a docx would be really helpful :blush:

Yeah… conversion is always a bit of a gamble! It took me a while to get vertical text working in the epub even though the original docx had text properly formatted.

In any case, my original post now links to a folder with a docx version as well as PDF :slight_smile: Enjoy!

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The all-over furigana on the aozora site was for me the reason to invest ¥550 to buy from bookwalker, where there is still furigana, but not too much.

Here’s a comparison:

bookwalker:

aozora:

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Took me a while but I’ve added a link to your files to the OP. Thanks very much for your work! :relaxed:

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