You may want to try the https://beta.j-novel.club website, it’s a lot better at redeeming credits than the main site. The developer announced over a week ago that non-members could buy credits but they have since edited out that paragraph, so that seems to be coming very soon.
But yea if that doesn’t work, you can always just create the URL yourself and redeem them as said above.
@LegitPancake said in Stores for US readers other than Amazon? (Kindle a bonus):
@ShiroiRyu I really like Kobo, though I just wish Yen Press was eligible for the VIP discount like every other light novel/manga publisher is.
Yeah. That bites. But at least it actually makes it reasonable to pre-order their titles. With the other publishers, the discount doesn't kick in until the book has been released, so it never makes sense to pre-order any of their stuff. Of course, having the discount affect pre-orders and having Yen Press have the discount would be best, but alas, it isn't so.
@HarmlessDave as far as I understood it the field only cancels out the system, so since White now operates outside the system, he's in for a world of hurt :)
though being Potimas he might have a back-up plan already...
@HarmlessDave Yeah, in one of the interviews, the interviewer asks him specifically "why female main characters", and if I recall correctly, FUNA says something along the lines of the vast amounts of shoujo manga he's read, as well as the fact that he has two older (IIRC) sisters, probably being major influences.
This is pure speculation on my part, but I can imagine him having borrowed his sisters' reading material a lot while growing up.
Well, hopefully the previous volumes get fixed sooner rather than later. Either way, I'm glad that I haven't gotten far enough in the series yet to run into this character (I just recently started reading it), since I absolutely hate any form of genderswapping, which is what this would then feel like even if it was because of translation error.
This is far from the first series to have issues like this though. Still, fortunately, it's not a mistake that happens very often. It could be much worse.
@Terabyte If the fan translators just start fan translating AFTER we start releasing something, 9 times out of 10 they will just give up because they won't be able to beat us in speed and/or quality. If profit is their motive, it's frankly, easier to just rip our official translation off our site and repost it. But if their motive is to do a "better job" they'll quickly realize they can't, or that to do so will require such a large time commitment that it's not worth it to them.
So I'm not particular concerned about this as a new "trend".
@thesamecristian I do not speak Spanish, so I'm hoping my friend Ponk from Discord isn't pulling my leg with this >.>
No, ambas membresías, regular y premium solo te permiten leer los libros que están siendo traducidos actualmente y ademas de las series que estan en modo catch-up/para ponerse al corriente
@Jon-Mitchell said in "VOTING WITH YOUR WALLET": how to support series you love:
@LegitPancake said in "VOTING WITH YOUR WALLET": how to support series you love:
So we know prepubs do get royalties based on viewing numbers (with manga getting slightly lower rates). I seem to remember this sort of question being asked before either on CC or Discord, and Sam said with very few exceptions, prepub numbers fall very similarly with ebook sales rankings. So if something isn't selling very well, then more than likely people aren't reading the prepubs very much either.
Sam replied about: 'royalties from subscriptions [memberships] are split evenly among active pre pubs' and manga are at a lower rate.
which I am having some difficulty parsing. I can't tell if that means that as an accounting metric they are saying (whatever % of subscription revenue) is used to pay for pre-pubs, or they assume "x" % of revenue is due to pre-pubs, or something else, other than whatever allocation of money is divided equally among active projects .
'royalties' are something that JNC has to PAY to the original creators/publishers ( a cost) not something they earn from memberships (income) ...it sounds to me that they negotiated a deal with the copyright holders to pool royalties (they get a cut of membership dues) for all pre-pubs instead of paying more to titles that are viewed more (and less to those that are read less) ??
Agree. My reading is that a proportion of what people pay for their subs goes into a royalty pool. If X% of the content available as prepubs is from a publisher then they get X% of the royalty pool. I'm guessing this means that if a publisher's book is on catch-up that they get a much larger proportion of the pool but there could be separate arrangements for that. As a publisher using the available percentage has the advantage of being verifiable and hard to game.
@Kalessin said in "VOTING WITH YOUR WALLET": how to support series you love:
There's also the interesting question of how much the pre-pub matters in comparison to the actual book sales with regards to what JNC does.
I believe that JNC get most of their profits through Amazon sales, but that everything else helps. People who subscribe give JNC a guaranteed income and are exposed to many series that they might then go on to buy (and potentially review). Plus it allows translators to get feedback in advance of a release which can improve the quality of JNC translations.
@nofairytale Yes, I’m totally exited for it, though I still don’t know which version I will buy, the ebook version, or the softcover version. I need to look which version I can get when it’s time for the release.^^
There's also apparently this view in the industry, as said by a Head of Comic Adaptation department at Kadokawa in an interview:
Men tend to like the set up of one hero with a lot of heroines, whereas I get the impression that women like for the love interest to be set in stone and for the process of how they got together to be depicted in great detail, even if there are a lot of attractive men in the story. This doesn't just apply to iseikai. Men's and women's comedic romance follows similar trends...
When there is one set love interest, the main couple may get together early or late, but when there are multiple love interests, it's pretty much guaranteed that the MC won't get together with anyone for a long time to keep the status quo going. Whether that view on (Japanese) men's preference is justified or not, who knows? They could be making that conclusion based on sales figures.