It has unfortunately not been licensed, so there is no official translation. Digging around a bit, it looks like there are fan translations for several of the volumes online, but I don't think that we're allowed to post links to that sort of thing here.
Newly added titles (JNC):
My Instant Death Ability is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me!
WATARU!!! The Hot-Blooded Fighting Teen & His Epic Adventures in a Fantasy World After Stopping a Truck with His Bare Hands!!
A Lily Blooms in Another World
Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top-Tier Party
The Sorcerer's Receptionist
Holmes of Kyoto
Not yet added due to unknown publisher:
Sorry, my knowledge of history is quite limited. I saw a thread here that was speculating what historical events the author used as inspiration for the book, so you might want to check that out.
I can see why JNC might not want to show 'how the sausage is made' but without revealing too much they could:
show a list of top 10 sales by title/volume
show a list of top 10 most viewed prepub volumes
show a list of top 10 sales by series
@hopebestman I'm not saying there was never a general that was also a good fighter, though someone like Ghengis Khan is probably a better example of someone who is both a powerful fighter and the general. Those would we exceptionally rare cases and they would have to surround themselves with the more traditional types of generals that are actually leading the troupes, provisioning supplies, directing camp building etc etc. Even those known for being great fighters did most of their actual direct fighting early in the career, long before they were in charge of whole armies.
In a lot of media (including LN, Manga, and Anime) most are super great warriors who fight on the front lines with the troops. That's just not the role of a general. Most historically successful generals are more like a Nimitz or Sun Tzu who specialize in troop movements, logistics, leadership, intelligence, and strategy. It's not like in popular media, "oh I can swing my sword and take down five fighters, I'm the general now!"
@Kalessin There is a forum in the 'license suggestion' sections and people do participate and comment there from time to time. It hasn't been very long since I started reading light novels, so, really grateful for the explanation. I didn't really know much about yen press policies or customs. Honestly, I have been trying at seven seas entertainment too, filling 'alderamin on the sky' in their monthly surveys, where they ask the readers' suggestion. I guess I'll just keep my fingers crossed for this series, as well as the author's new one which has been on quite the roll as well named 'Seven Magic Swords Rule'. Thanks again, much appreciated. ^_^
@Jon-Mitchell said in Is it better for companies to only go after completed LNs?:
we'd not have like 90% of the series that are here. Some of my favorites we are 'caught up to Japanese release'
Besides never-ending series like Smartphone, we'd have lost Mixed Bathing which was on hiatus for ages.
I'm not sure what's worse:
being 'left hanging' because a series is on hiatus/gets abandoned (or killed like New Life+)
ending gets rushed like Bluesteel Blasphemer
series goes off the rails like Infinite Stratos seems to have done
I disliked the rushed ending to Bluesteel more than the dangling plot threads in Me, a Genius?
At least for JNC titles, Premium members don't have to keep paying for a series after it goes off the rails. That happened for me with Little Apocalypse, though I can back for the 2-book not-great-not-terrible conclusion.
@SomeOldGuy - I went through my western SF & fantasy paperback collection earlier this year and decided what to keep, re-read and then donate, donate or (if beat-up and musty) to toss.
I came across a number of them where I thought: nope, I'm probably never going to re-read that, and if I really want to some day I can always get the Kindle edition.
That freed up a lot of space.
@Terrence said in Light Novels in libraries?:
Just a little bump to update on Overdrive selection at BPL.
So they got the first 5 parts of Bookworm and the first 4 of Villainess now. All of these are checked out as well, and some with 3 people waiting for them. Slight anime bump obviously.
Randomly, Infinite Stratos Volume 1 has a checkout too.
Oh awesome, they got the first 4 of Villainess! Seems like there's already a bit of a wait on each volume. Well, I have the time to wait.