Amazon accounts for the majority of JNC's sales, factoring it into discussions of whether JNC will license something is a no-brainer. If it can't stay up on Amazon, they're almost certainly less likely to license it because it will directly translate into fewer sales. I could not say for certain that JNC is definitely avoiding lewder titles because of it but I wouldn't be surprised.
Whatever anyone may want to believe, the reality is that an outlet making up the majority of sales is going to have a controlling interest in what gets sold. And what's licensed is controlled by what sells; a publisher can't afford to lose money on too many series, or it goes out of business.
Like it or not - and I don't - Amazon owns a controlling share of the book market. If JNC wants to survive as a publisher, it has to take 'Can it be sold on Amazon?' into account.
I've had this happen a couple of times.
Each time, when I clicked on 'User' it'd show me as logged in...but wouldn't display my library as an automatic thing.
If I flushed my cache it would then show that, no, really, I wasn't logged in after all.
@destruxio I completely agree I'm still vary much enjoying all the books to read and have been loving having some series on catch-up as I've been able to get into more books that I didn't want to buy the first book just to figure out if I would like it or not.
@lokison Hey there! I don't believe there is a dedicated discussion about titles members would like to see in print, so you're free to start one if you wish! J-Novel Club doesn't comment on whether a given series is under consideration for print, though. Sam has said publicly that the ebook sales necessary to justify print is 2000 per volume, though.
@korppi Interestingly, the Yen Press website still links to both Kobo and Amazon to purchase digital versions of No Game No Life. I got interested in checking it because the Carbon Sequestering Edition of V9 has been on back order at RightStuf for months.
Heck I'm in America right now in a part that doesn't follow daylight savings so who the heck knows what's going on when some people decide to change a clock and others don't. Then again since I follow more of the "sun's up time to work; sun's down time to play" schedule the actual "time" isn't as critical.
@rahul-balaggan I suspected that was because of something idiotic, didn't know the idiocy came from Amazon. Well, I allways edit all my epubs anyway, just bringing the illustration forward is easy on Sigil.
@myskaros Just went to the topic and you are already handling the issues I'm having with the new website so this topic is redundant. Please feel free to lock or delete this topic and thanks for pointing me towards the correct topic venue.
It seems reasonable to suspect that the market for translation into Finninsh is probably smaller than the market for translation into, say, English, but that's something you won't really know until you get out there. So while remaining realistic about your prospects, I'd urge you not to dismiss anything out of hand.
True enough. At least for English/Finnish, large amount of my doubts stem from the fact Finnish people (aside from older generations) usually have a very strong grasp of written English, but of course it doesn't necessarily mean there isn't any English/Finnish translation work around. And I do have a lot more hope for the Japanese/Finnish market.
It sounds like you have a pretty good attitude (and situation) as regards this. Remember that especially as a freelancer, there's a process of building up. There's a good chance you won't just show up and start making enough money; instead, you'll take projects as they come (or, more importantly, as you go out find them) and build a list of steady clients, and after a while you'll have reliable sources of work and income. The build-up is the phase where having a safety net like your family to fall back on really comes in handy. Just remember not to panic if you don't see the amount of money you're hoping for in the first months or even years.
Thank you very much for the advice, I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future for when I'm ready to start making a career.
This is a big, big question, and no two people completely agree on the answer, so I'm not going to go too far into it here. Suffice to say that machine translation (MT) clearly will have some kind of effect on the market. Some people hold that "humanities"-type fields like literature (including light novels) are immune to too much competition from MT, on the assumption that machines will never learn to capture nuance with the precision of a human translator, and/or that they won't effectively cope with facets of the Japanese language like subject omission. To a certain extent that may be true, but having seen the way technology has developed over just the last couple of decades, I'm not prepared to say anything is outside the realm of possibility. At the very least, cases in which human translators edit MT output, rather than translating from scratch, seem likely to increase, especially in fields where there's anything like boilerplate.
Having said all that, I've seen at least one person argue that much of the effect of MT will come in the form of market expansion, with MT opening up new projects and possibilities. In other words, it could make the pie bigger, instead of simply consuming what's already there. Again, no one can be sure. It's a good thing to keep in mind and keep an eye on, but the most we can say is that it's something we (translators) will have to adapt to as the technology develops, whatever form it ultimately takes.
I see... I guess we'll just have to wait and see whether the pie will become smaller or bigger and by how much. Thanks for your thoughts on the matter. For now, I've seen fan translations of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime with MT output and human editor, but the quality certainly wasn't something that would be acceptable by any publishers - yet, I was still surprised by how readable it was.
@Shiny I've never done a side-by-side but a couple of editors have pointed out before that often the pre-pub doesn't get updated from corrections found and reported here unless it's something major like the wrong images being included. I can certainly say at least that I've found plenty issues in stuff I've read when I do check out catch-ups, so that checks out.