The BookWalker Freebies Thread

There are two versions available for free currently: One is the full manga but it is time-limited (until May 15th iirc) and one is just the first chapter but without time limit.
I guess that explains why your and @polv’s experiences don’t match :sweat_smile:

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ahhh, makes sense!

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There’s a few volumes of free manga available as part of Comico’s Golden Week sale too, till 14 May.

Volumes 1-5 of ReLIFE are free! I highly recommend this series.

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@curiousjp I wonder if you can make a Google Sheet that makes it easier to browse the long “details” post (esp. on mobile)? As long as a filter can be made, it isn’t that hard to browse limited time deals.

Furthermore, I am not sure about differences between “Fiction” (文芸・小説) and “Light Novels (ライトノベル)”. In any case, they are what I tried to get into, rather than simply “Manga” (マンガ) with speech clouds.

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Fiction is the same genre as it is in English. ライトノベル is also a genre and it maps most closely to YA or Young Adult for English books.

Edit: I went and checked Bookwalker, and these are the genres (ジャンル) that they have listed, although they’re more like tags than anything:

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It appears to be カテゴリ.

This is where the confusion arises

It is translated in the App, but not in bookwalker.jp website (and pretty sure first tab of the app is also website, i.e. WebView)


BTW, Bookwalker JP made it inconsistent - supposed to be ジャンル.

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There aren’t that many Tag’ifed genres, though. Seems like about 10. - ラノベ (ライトノベル); マンガ; 文芸 (文芸・小説); 実用; 新書; ゲーム; 画集; 写真集; 新文芸

Also, some non-genres - 特典; 完結 - though these don’t become カテゴリ, but rather Tags with bookmark symbol.

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Yeah that’s why I said they ジャンル more like tags and カテゴリ are the subheadings on their page.

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Hi polv - yes, I think something like that should be possible. Watch this space.

15 May 2022

1122: For a Happy Marriage (2016) - 71 - Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: Seinen

1日外出録ハンチョウ (2016) - 76 - Comedy, Slice of Life
Tags: Food, Parody, Male Protagonist, Primarily Male Cast, Seinen

Cyborg 009 (1964) - 73 - Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Tags: Shounen, Robots, Foreign, Male Protagonist, Cyborg

Drifting Dragons (2016) - 74 - Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Dragons, Food, Aviation, Seinen, Steampunk, Primarily Adult Cast

Giant Killing (2007) - 79 - Comedy, Drama, Sports
Tags: Football, Seinen, Male Protagonist, Primarily Adult Cast, Ensemble Cast

Heat Edge (1989) - 80 - Comedy, Mystery
Tags: Josei, Police

Inuyashiki (2014) - 74 - Action, Drama, Psychological, Sci-Fi
Tags: Seinen, Cyborg, Tragedy, Super Power, Robots, Philosophy, Crime, Male Protagonist, Fugitive, Aliens, Bullying

Island in a Puddle (2019) - 64 - Drama, Psychological
Tags: Body Swapping, Seinen, Tragedy, Crime, Fugitive

Kounodori: Dr. Stork (2012) - 75 - Drama, Psychological, Slice of Life
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist, Medicine, Work

Love Order 200X (1999) - 70 -
Tags: Josei

MF Ghost (2017) - 70 - Sci-Fi, Sports
Tags: Cars, Seinen

My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over! (2020) - 70 - Drama, Romance
Tags: Idol, Yuri, LGBTQ+ Themes, Yandere, School, Otaku Culture

My Roomie Is a Dino (2018) - 70 - Comedy, Slice of Life
Tags: Gyaru, Dinosaurs, Iyashikei, Surreal Comedy, Female Protagonist, Animals, Primarily Adult Cast, Language Barrier

The Decagon House Murders (2019) - 75 - Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological
Tags: Ensemble Cast, Revenge, Seinen, Crime

The Quintessential Quintuplets (2017) - 79 - Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tags: Twins, Female Harem, Coming of Age, Primarily Female Cast, Love Triangle, Male Protagonist, Heterosexual, Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, School, Tsundere, Shounen, Family Life, Ojou-sama, Time Skip, Kuudere, Acting, Adoption, Tanned Skin, Chibi

The Ride-On King (2018) - 74 - Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Tags: Isekai, Male Protagonist, Magic, Centaur, Slavery, Shounen, Dragons, Skeleton, Dinosaurs, Martial Arts, Zombie

This Mage Desires Mediocrity (2017) - 71 - Action, Fantasy
Tags: Isekai, Shoujo, Reincarnation, Magic, Male Harem, Female Protagonist

What Did You Eat Yesterday? (2007) - 74 - Comedy, Slice of Life
Tags: LGBTQ+ Themes, Food, Boys’ Love, Seinen, Work, Primarily Adult Cast, Iyashikei

おくることば (2017) - 76 - Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural
Tags: Shounen

さんだらぼっち (1975) - 85 - Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life
Tags: Male Protagonist, Historical, Seinen

とんでもナイト (None) - 70 - Romance, Sci-Fi
Tags: Shoujo

なにわ友あれ (2007) - 72 - Action, Romance
Tags: Cars, Seinen

なにわ友あれ (2007) - 72 - Action, Romance
Tags: Cars, Seinen

なにわ友あれ (2007) - 72 - Action, Romance
Tags: Cars, Seinen

なにわ友あれ (2007) - 72 - Action, Romance
Tags: Cars, Seinen

ぼくたちのリメイク (2018) - 72 - Comedy, Sci-Fi
Tags: College, Age Regression, Time Manipulation, Love Triangle, Shounen

みなみけ (2004) - 73 - Comedy, Slice of Life
Tags: Slapstick, Primarily Female Cast, Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, Family Life

わがまま王女に仕えた万能執事、隣の帝国で最強の軍人に成り上がり無双する (2021) - 73 - Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Tags: Ojou-sama, Butler, Magic

エンバンメイズ (2014) - 70 - Action
Tags: Seinen

カウンターアタック! (None) - 90 -
Tags: Shounen

キミノココロボクノココロ (2003) - 72 - Drama
Tags: Shoujo, Animals

ギャングキング (2003) - 73 - Action, Comedy, Drama
Tags: Delinquents, Seinen

ギャングース (2013) - 74 -
Tags: Gangs, Seinen

セブン☆スターJT (2020) - 90 - Action, Drama
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist, Primarily Male Cast

センゴク外伝 桶狭間戦記 (2007) - 80 -
Tags: Seinen, Historical

チョコっとちょこちゃん (None) - 90 -
Tags: Kids, Magic

テセウスの船 (2017) - 75 - Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural
Tags: Seinen, Rural, Time Manipulation

デカ教師 (2006) - 70 - Mystery
Tags:

ドッ硬連 (1985) - 71 - Action
Tags: School, Shounen

ポンコツ風紀委員とスカート丈が不適切なJKの話 (2019) - 75 - Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: School, Tsundere, Shounen, Gyaru, Ensemble Cast, Heterosexual

マイホームヒーロー (2017) - 78 - Action, Drama, Thriller
Tags: Crime, Seinen, Yakuza, Mafia, Primarily Adult Cast, Police, Cult, Delinquents, Detective

マタギ (1975) - 80 - Adventure
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist

メイドの岸さん (2020) - 71 - Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: Maids, Shounen, Male Protagonist, Kuudere

佐武と市捕物控 (1966) - 77 - Action, Drama, Mystery
Tags: Swordplay, Historical, Seinen, Samurai, Crime

創世のタイガ (2017) - 73 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
Tags: Seinen, Historical, Outdoor, Language Barrier, Survival

嫁いできた嫁が愛想笑いばかりしてる (2019) - 74 - Comedy, Romance
Tags: Samurai, Historical, Shounen, Yandere

水は海に向かって流れる (2018) - 75 - Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: Family Life, Male Protagonist, Female Protagonist, Shounen, Age Gap, Coming of Age, Love Triangle

石の花 (1983) - 73 - Drama
Tags: Historical, Shounen

辺境の老騎士 バルド・ローエン (2016) - 74 - Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist, Food, Primarily Adult Cast, Primarily Male Cast, Swordplay, Time Skip

鬼上司をデレさせたい (2021) - 73 - Comedy, Romance
Tags: Shoujo

other hobby bragposting

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… I don’t even know what I’m looking at. Post needs more bragging (with words). :person_cartwheeling:

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I wonder if it can also be filtered by カテゴリ, or more exactly, things like 小説 or ラノベ? (or maybe 実用, which is sometimes Manga style, sometimes Text style)

Also, add a filter in advance (and saved before sharing)?

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Wait, that’s not a manga, that’s an actual light novel, free to keep! Male harem?!? Three volumes?!?!? Yes thank you.

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Hi polv,

Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure what you mean here - if you mean “you seem to have already filtered it to remove 小説 etc. before saving it”, yes, that’s right. The program that filters the lists only deals with the manga category. Part of this is a holdover from when I was using mangaupdates as my source for ratings / tags, etc. Anilist (the current provider) does include records for ラノベ, although I’m not sure what their coverage is like. I don’t think they carry 小説.

I can think about expanding it, although it will need some thought about how to disambiguate series that share a title between their original forms and their manga adaptions.

Instead of doing my homework or dealing with my problems I play a Sci-Fi MMO FPS thing called “Destiny 2” about post-apocalyptic magical zombies that serve the unknowable whims of an alien golf-ball suspended in the sky above South America. The glowy stuff on my head is showing that I had the highest score for the current time limited event out of everyone in the social space I was in.

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But… as I posted above, you have light novels as well, though? It would be nice to be able to just select those.

Nice!

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Yeah, I wasn’t going to comment on this until I had had a bit more time to look into it, but I’m still not entirely sure how 魔導師は平凡を望む even ended up in the list - there were also a handful of other novels that showed up in it as well unexpectedly (and actually caused a data model violation the first time as they didn’t have a series associated with them).

I normally generate the starting list from this url - 0円、配信予定を除く、セール・期間限定価格の電子書籍無料試し読みならBOOK☆WALKER - which most weeks seems to be entirely manga, but it seems it is not a rule that it has to be entirely manga - as you can see right now, there are seven 新文芸 items in there if you hit the filter on the left side (which drops you here). But those seven are only scraping the surface of the free stuff in the 文芸/ラノベ categories, so I’m not sure how they ended up there - and unfortunately my Japanese just isn’t good enough to tease it out by reading the site (at least quickly.)

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I think there’s a manga with the same name, I wonder if that might influence it.

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A lot of those results are fake, though, especially in the ラノベ category. They are usually half manga preview half extended light novel previews and get hidden by the セール・期間限定価格 condition (which only returns real full books).
If I only use 0円、セール・期間限定価格, I do get
マンガ(353)
ライトノベル(22)
新文芸(13)
画集(8)
However, the free light novels I checked are ALL free extra collector stuff you only get for buying the associated novel. 配信予定を除く does remove those weird stuff, only leaving “real” free books. One thing I have noticed is that light novel are almost never free to keep, which is why you don’t see them often, but they do exist. 本好き 1 has been free to keep a few times in the past, for instance.

TL;DR: you select for free to keep (full) “books” (some stuff are just independent chapters…), which tends to be mostly manga. However, light novels happen to be given away as well, but very rarely.

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22 May 2022

1122: For a Happy Marriage (2016) - 71 - Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: Seinen

BOOM TOWN (1992) - 85 - Mystery, Sci-Fi
Tags:

Drifting Dragons (2016) - 74 - Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Dragons, Food, Aviation, Seinen, Steampunk, Primarily Adult Cast, Ensemble Cast

Giant Killing (2007) - 79 - Comedy, Drama, Sports
Tags: Football, Seinen, Male Protagonist, Primarily Adult Cast, Ensemble Cast

Kounodori: Dr. Stork (2012) - 75 - Drama, Psychological, Slice of Life
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist, Medicine, Work

Phantom Street (1994) - 85 - Action, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural
Tags: Youkai, Shounen

The Quintessential Quintuplets (2017) - 79 - Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tags: Twins, Female Harem, Coming of Age, Primarily Female Cast, Love Triangle, Male Protagonist, Heterosexual, Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, School, Tsundere, Shounen, Family Life, Ojou-sama, Time Skip, Kuudere, Acting, Adoption, Chibi, Tanned Skin

This Mage Desires Mediocrity (2017) - 71 - Action, Fantasy
Tags: Isekai, Shoujo, Reincarnation, Magic, Male Harem, Female Protagonist

What Did You Eat Yesterday? (2007) - 74 - Comedy, Slice of Life
Tags: LGBTQ+ Themes, Food, Boys’ Love, Seinen, Work, Primarily Adult Cast, Iyashikei

おくることば (2017) - 76 - Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural
Tags: Shounen

アクジキ (2009) - 80 - Adventure
Tags:

アンリミテッド・ウィングス (2005) - 85 - Drama, Sports
Tags: Historical

イーグルドライバー (1989) - 90 - Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tags: Shounen

エリダヌス座θ (1994) - 90 - Sci-Fi
Tags:

マタギ列伝 (1979) - 95 - Adventure
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist

女媧JOKER (2000) - 80 - Horror, Mystery
Tags: Seinen, Historical

嫁いできた嫁が愛想笑いばかりしてる (2019) - 74 - Comedy, Romance
Tags: Samurai, Historical, Shounen, Yandere

密・リターンズ! (1995) - 79 - Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Supernatural
Tags: Shounen

水は海に向かって流れる (2018) - 75 - Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: Family Life, Male Protagonist, Female Protagonist, Shounen, Age Gap, Coming of Age, Love Triangle

緋が走る (1992) - 85 - Drama, Romance
Tags: Seinen, Ceramics

聖戦記エルナサーガ (1993) - 90 - Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Shounen

釣りバカたち (1973) - 75 - Adventure, Sports
Tags: Male Protagonist, Fishing, Seinen

鬼上司をデレさせたい (2021) - 72 - Comedy, Romance
Tags: Shoujo

Google sheet updated as well with a new tab.

edit: in light of the recent addition of content restrictions, I may loosen up the “notability” qualifications again to bring some more titles in.

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29 May 2022

Beijing Opera (2003) - 64 -
Tags: Shounen, Historical, Time Manipulation, Acting

BOOM TOWN (1992) - 85 - Mystery, Sci-Fi
Tags:

Drifting Dragons (2016) - 74 - Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Dragons, Food, Aviation, Seinen, Steampunk, Primarily Adult Cast, Ensemble Cast

Kiichi VS (2007) - 90 - Drama, Psychological
Tags: Seinen

Our Happily Restricted Relationship (2020) - 59 - Romance
Tags: Josei

Princess Mimia (None) - 66 - Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Seinen

The Quintessential Quintuplets (2017) - 79 - Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tags: Twins, Female Harem, Coming of Age, Primarily Female Cast, Love Triangle, Male Protagonist, Heterosexual, Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, School, Tsundere, Shounen, Family Life, Ojou-sama, Time Skip, Kuudere, Acting, Adoption, Chibi, Tanned Skin

The Way of the Osaka Loan Shark (1990) - 100 - Drama
Tags: Seinen

アンリミテッド・ウィングス (2005) - 85 - Drama, Sports
Tags: Historical

イーグルドライバー (1989) - 90 - Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tags: Shounen

エリダヌス座θ (1994) - 90 - Sci-Fi
Tags:

シュガー (2001) - 87 - Action, Drama, Slice of Life, Sports
Tags: Boxing, Seinen

女媧JOKER (2000) - 80 - Horror, Mystery
Tags: Seinen, Historical

宮本から君へ (1990) - 86 - Drama
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist, Work

鬼上司をデレさせたい (2021) - 71 - Comedy, Romance
Tags: Shoujo

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05 June 2022

Drifting Dragons (2016) - 75 - Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Dragons, Food, Aviation, Seinen, Steampunk, Primarily Adult Cast, Ensemble Cast

Final Testament to the Moon (2019) - 91 - Adventure, Fantasy
Tags:

KAGETORA (2001) - 68 - Action, Comedy, Romance
Tags: Shounen, Ninja, Martial Arts, Female Harem

KAGETORA (2001) - 68 - Action, Comedy, Romance
Tags: Shounen, Ninja, Martial Arts, Female Harem

Mane of the Wind (1987) - None - Horror, Mystery, Romance
Tags: Shoujo, Heterosexual, Female Protagonist

New Normal (2020) - 68 - Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: Pandemic, Dystopian, School, Love Triangle, Heterosexual, Seinen

Our Happily Restricted Relationship (2020) - 59 - Romance
Tags: Josei

Phantom Street (1994) - 85 - Action, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural
Tags: Youkai, Shounen

Reincarnated as the Villain: An Archdemon Fell in Love With Me (2020) - 55 - Fantasy, Romance
Tags: Reincarnation, Shoujo

ふくよも (2008) - 67 - Comedy, Slice of Life
Tags: Kids

やせっぽちとふとっちょ (2018) - 74 - Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Tags: Bullying, Food

ファンタジウム (2006) - 95 - Fantasy
Tags: Seinen, Disability

マタギ列伝 (1979) - 95 - Adventure
Tags: Seinen, Male Protagonist

聖戦記エルナサーガ (1993) - 90 - Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tags: Shounen

釣りバカたち (1973) - 75 - Adventure, Sports
Tags: Male Protagonist, Fishing, Seinen

鬼上司をデレさせたい (2021) - 73 - Comedy, Romance
Tags: Shoujo

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