I'm piggybacking off this thread to throw another voice of support being licensing Korean properties. Yes, it's an entirely separate language and legal system, but for the most part it's the same consumer base. The Crunchyroll-backed Tower of God anime is the top liked or "hearted" animated series on anichart.net for the Spring 2020 season that isn't a sequel, so it not being Japanese sure doesn't seem to be putting consumers off much.
With Yen Press being owned by Kadokawa now, and Vertical being bought by Kodansha, (Viz of course is Shueisha/Shogakukan), there's really very few "otaku" publishers left that are probably even willing to risk increasing the market share of Korean IP at all. Dark Horse gave manhwa a small, limited trial maybe ten or fifteen years ago, back when publishers were still wary of publishing Japanese light novels, back when Haruhi Suzumiya and Spice & Wolf had not yet proved that light novels could succeed in an English-language market. Even Seven Seas' monthly survey specifically states that they're looking for Japanese titles.
I know Dungeon Defense is one of the more oft-requested isekai titles out there. The other series on that particular title's fan-translator's site are also quite good (I'm in mid-volume 4 of "Handholding", a.k.a. We Should Have Slept While Only Holding Hands, And Yet?!, and let me tell you, those smiles on the covers of that rom-com are lies; everyone's miserable right now and it's...they're...they're just great, excellent writing). I know there's other good Korean series out there. Anecdotally, it seems like the writing styles are somewhat more comparable to English than Japanese or Chinese? Maybe that's just me? Or maybe it's that I'm comparing the currently-unlicensed cream of the Korean crop to the dregs of the plethora of Japanese light novels.
Someone is eventually going to manage to "open" this trade route, and whoever it is will have the lead on bringing pop culture entertainment over from a nation with roughly 2/3rds the number of 15-25 year olds as Japan. Sure, it won't be easy. But it is doable, the supply and demand are both there. All it takes is the willingness and publishing know-how to make it happen.
@_08 said in Add orderable drop-down for my library:
@HarmlessDave said in Add orderable drop-down for my library:
Paging to Unwanted Undead takes almost as long as one of Rentt's monologues
They added a search bar some time ago for that (although hitting enter breaks it).
Ah, you're right. That does make getting to a specific title easier.
I really like Vollkorn and Palantino (including free clones like Mathpazo). I'd add that having a good CJK font would also be nice for the novels set in Japan that have some kanji and kana interspersed.
Thanks for your fast response! Sorry, I don't know what your office culture is like. So it might not be feasible to request such information, but as a mod I'm sure you are able to communicate about all the questions and suggestions about the website to those in charge, and maybe they should have something in their News section? It could be in the FAQ as many posts are starting to suggest the same things.
Questions to throw at the PR and Web Development Team:
Where is it public information that a new website is in development on the main website? How is this being communicated; especially to potential new customers? When was this originally announced? I nearly walked away after browsing the website, but decided that I might be able to find more info in the forums. Especially after I looked at the Contact Us page which lists the forums first and also lists them for Support! You are being unfair to yourself (maybe they are being unfair to you too) to see yourself just as a mod, but your also front line customer service/support, and they should be giving you tools, info, and/or more direction on how to respond.
Maybe I'm asking for too much at this point, and everything will be revealed soon?
Thank you again!
@hopebestman said in Very pleased with decision to join:
They do have data on what we read, and they can track what sells and what doesn’t via sales numbers.
Big brother watching us.
More like Santa deciding what new titles to put in our stocking, so be good for goodness' sake!
It looks like searching "Isekai Mahou" will now get you to the correct series, and that manga releases are scheduled for another week. I'm not sure how much I had to do with that second one, but thanks J-Novel for the super speedy response.
Also hoping the text to speech issue can be fixed in the next iOS app update. I have to use my iPad mini that is stuck at iOS 9 for text to speech, as any other more recent device reads like 2 or 3 paragraphs and then quits. Only my clunky slow iPad mini can read entire prepubs without stopping.
@hopebestman You can set those options at both the Thread and Category level.
Watching a thread gives Notifications and puts it in Unread. Watching a Category puts anything in the category in unread, unless it is ignored.
Ignoring a thread or Category also removes them from Recent.
What I am hoping for is an option to have new threads in a category be marked as unread, but have everything else not clog up the "inbox".
@hiroto Well when a company makes more money than god they can't be bothered to waste it paying people to make a correction to their existing products. They need that money so they can try and take over other fields of business until they control all of the money.
@rahul-balaggan said in Site / Account Library suggestions:
@ghdpro said in Site / Account Library suggestions:
any news on that?
No news as of right now, other then it is still happening, no ETA on when it will be done but thank you for taking the time give some feedback with your experiences with the site!
So sad... so so sad.
@yoshken Not quite as much as not having a payment processor available. I remember having to process "phone orders" by writing out everything and making a deposit at the bank, with no way of knowing if the transaction would be accepted until two weeks later.