Kindle experiencee

I would like to buy an kindle. You know just sit on the couch or park and read some japanese.

I want to know anybody has some experiences with manga and kindle readers.

Can you also browse websites, so I can read grade readers for example or news websites etc…

Are you talking about an e-reader kindle like the Paperwhite or a general-purpose tablet like the Fire? If the former, you cannot do any general tablet stuff like browse the internet. The manga experience is also mediocre since the pictures aren’t super clear and zooming in can be awkward. It’s not horrible, but definitely not great. Reading novels on Paperwhite has been great for me though.


I used my kindle for a bit and honestly in general I would say it’s not worth the money. I just use the Kindle app on my phone or pc regardless. They’re more convenient to read on anyways since you can more easily google anything you come across. If you care about glare that much then I guess that’s the only real pro imo.


I have an 8 inch fire tablet. I love the hardware for price, but I hate Fire OS so much that ruins it for me.

Imagine Android without the app store. Also, it has ads on the lockscreen unless you pay to remove them. That is Fire OS.


What you guys think about jakuipuu is that an unofficial wanikani app for mobile?

I love my Kindle.
Had Paperwhite and was already happy with it, but after a year switched to Oasis 3 and I’m ecstatic. (Warm light & overall better screen quality.)
It’s best for the books, of course, but since Oasis has a bigger screen, I started reading manga on it too. Kindle has a “virtual panel” function, which is sort of a smart zoom and it really helps.
(But I agree that manga looks a little sharper on PC app. I think it’s about the screen resolution/the range of shades of grey.)
There is also sort of a experimental browser on it, too, but I didn’t really use it, only for a occasional wikipedia check.
As for checking words, I’m generally fine with Kindle dictionaries, although I bought a paid one, which I like better than the default ones, and I admit sometimes I have to use a smartphone for googling the really tricky words.

But I have eyesight problems and I’m really picky about the screen and also reading positions, and as you can see above, experiences vary :wink:
And remember that you need to provide some sort of Japanese address for Amazon to use a Japanese Kindle and maybe use a VPN for a first/some purchases. Foreign credit cards are okay, it’s just about your location.


Consider Kobo e-readers. They have larger models that should be perfect for manga. I remember people recommending them on the forum. Besides, Kobo is owned by Japanese company (Rakuten), so there’s plenty of Japanese content.


I prefer Jakuipuu to Flaming Durtles, and use it regularly. It has some of the features built in that I’m used to having as scripts for the wanikani site on my laptop - like the ability to correct typos, or customize the lessons to learn kanji first. I can also adjust lesson or review batch size. When opening the app, it takes about forty seconds to sync with wanikani and download your reviews.

For Kindles - I find the Kindle Cloud reader not very helpful because it doesn’t have high enough resolution to read most furigana easily. Note: just signing into the “normal” American or German kindle cloud reader with your Japanese Amazon account log-in won’t work. You need to specifically use the Amazon Japan Kindle Cloud Reader - which looks exactly the same. I use a google search to find it.
I have a Pixel Slate tablet - and reading illustration rich kindle children’s books is great on that device. I can enlarge to a huge size if I wish, and text and images are as sharp as can be. But you would have the problem of glare outside.
By the way, Amazon Japan is offering Kindle Unlimited for free for the first three months to try out. I’m having a great time glancing through dozens of titles each day just to see what it out there - cookbooks, travel books, magazines. Have a look at this breakfast cookbook: cornflakes on scrambled eggs, granola on potato salad, and tomatoes on yogurt and cornflakes.

I found this book: できるよ! せいかつ366 頭のいい子を育てる on Kindle Unlimited, and thought it was great. It has activities for children, as well as teaching skills for daily living, for every day of the year suitable to the season. The illustrations inside are top notch, much better than the cover, and I learned all kinds of interesting little details about life in Japan, as well as coming up with some fun ideas of things to do with the children in my life.

I’m always struggling with katakana. Haha.

I have a Kobo Forma and buy all my Japanese stuff through the Kobo store. At the moment I read mostly manga on it and I love it. It’s the perfect size, very close to the size of an actual manga volume. Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to see the furigana, or make out the kanji in some fonts, but it hasn’t been much of an issue for me. I am very happy with my purchase


And you need no Japanese adress or whatever?

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I have a Rakuten account with a random address in Tokyo. You do need to enter an address, but it is not verified in any way

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And you need that to buy japanese books? Because I see that the e-book is sold here in my country.

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I believe you need the Japanese Rakuten account to access the Japanese marketplace, but I could be wrong. It’s been a while since I set it up.

For what it’s worth, I’m sure a full-fledged tablet is more expensive than an e-reader, but I’ve got a Microsoft Surface and I really love its versatility.

I was worried when I got it it would be a waste of money, but I can use the regular browser version of Bookwalker (which doesn’t need a Japanese address or a specific device) on it, and it’s turned out to be pretty much perfect for reading books - prose and manga both.
And I use it a lot in other ways as an infinite digital notepad to sketch ideas (or map old games), or just as a computer that’s a bit more mobile around the house than my desktop.

So that’s another potential way to go, to add to the pile!


I’ve only got an ancient DX, which can’t display Japanese characters, so that’s probably not the experience you want to hear about. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I use jakuipuu to study when I need to on my phone. I really enjoy it compared to Flaming Durtles for whatever reason.

Me too!

I picked up Hiragana pretty quickly, but katakana just seems to throw me through a loop more often than not…

I think part of the difficulty for me is that some of the characters are awfully similar.

I had one.
Physical would be better. I found it is nicer to read physical manga or novels compared to using Kindle.

Think you only need to visit the japanese storefront
Also I’m really glad kobo added the paypal button since they weren’t liking my debit card anymore

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