I can relate, except "work from home" hasn't been a change for me; I thought about getting a shirt that said something like "socially distant for decades". Or maybe "remember when social distancing was a symptom rather than a goal?"
Concentration issues are exasperated by this; starting out with issues as a kid aren't helped by advancing age.
But trying to keep track of multiple stories help...
Title: VTuberなんだが配信切り忘れたら伝説になってた | VTuber Nandaga Haishin Kiri Wasuretara Densetsu ni Natteta | I’m a VTuber but I Forgot To Stop the Stream and Became a Legend
Publisher: Fantasia Bunko (Kadokawa) | Series page Bookwalker Series Page
Author: 七斗 七 | Nana Nanato | Twitter account closed
Illustrator: 塩かずのこ | Siokazunoko | Pixiv | Twitter Wikipedia (JP) MAL
Initially a WN (with new chapters still posting as of yesterday), Fantasia Bunko has two volumes out and a third in pre-order.
I would also pretty much like to have a "invoice" / confirmation email for:
Membership activation / continuation / cancellation (when it does not automatically renews anymore) notice
When Coins are purchased that includes: how much coins are purchased, for how much each coins was purchased (based on membership), and total cost
When Coins are spent, to receive confirmation that a coin was actually spent and to have a general confirmation, this email should include: how many coins are spent (1 in most cases), which title it was, plus a download link (or where to download it, even if it is just https://j-novel.club/user/library)
Also, the current email that is sent out for coins purchased is just not enough, also i dont think a email like firstname.lastname@example.org should be used, but (like other services do it) email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: it would also be nice if these email would be structured like invoice emails to be automatically displayed in something like gmail (like steam does it)
Somehow the main OverDrive site, as opposed to the specific one for my library, has different results on these series searches for some of them, so I just linked the ones with the odd behavior on there.
I can imagine that someone trying to follow the series through the OverDrive app exclusively may get quite confused trying to figure out where the rest of the books in the series are if they're not trying to search by author. I'm sure this has to do with OverDrive being a bother in the backend, but since it hasn't already been reported I thought it might help.
Thanks for all your hard work publishing these books!
Do we know the reason for it? First volume got top reviews both in Japanese and in English sites. Why axe a good series? Because failed marketing?
We don't know, but poor sales is the reason behind most axes. Unfortunately, "good" and "profitable" are not synonims, and there are plenty examples of that.
@Argonometra I assume you're talking about buddhist manthra bathing scene? It is very mild by LN standards, so that's definitely not the case, not to mention that both volumes are still up for sale. Moreover, japanese branch seem to not care about that, and doesn't delist much worse "offenders" like,for example, 伯爵家女中伝, where some scenes are not -ish by any stretch of imagination.
I hope j-novel continues to focus on Japanese light novels.
While it's possible there are JNC staff members who could do stuff with other Asian languages than Japanese, to date that's the only Asian language they've been working with for translations.
If it weren't for the recent batch of European language works being brought over by JNC I'd have been willing to make grandiose (and fatuous) statements concerning JNC not doing any TLs of anything other than Japanese, with no actual basis for saying so...
There's a sufficient difference in 'feel' between most Japanese LN/Manga and the equivalent Korean & Chinese works that I'm still willing to make unfounded pronouncements to the effect that I consider it unlikely that JNC will branch out to including non-Japanese Asian lit.
Well this is quite the treat, all of these I have read (and bought a few), but since I thoroughly enjoyed these I will definitely be rereading these, on top of the fact that a few new volumes of my favorite of some of the recent releases. J-Novel is really setting a great pace for the New Years, really appreciate all the hard work. Here’s to a new year of great light novels and manga.
Are you asking for spoilers (i.e. will there be any more cross-dressing jokes)? Or are you looking to drum up a discussion on the topic?
Regarding the former:
I can only speak up to the latest weekly release, but I see little evidence that cross-dressing jokes will be a major part of Bookworm. It hasn't come up again so far. If it does come up again, I would be surprised if it were more than a paragraph or two.
Regarding the latter:
It's OK if this bothers you. You don't have to read something that you find upsetting. It may be that you will simply not enjoy Bookworm.
But I really struggle to sympathize with the idea that a mere political misalignment with the author can completely ruin an entire series. This strikes me as a prudishness more than progressiveness. I'm reminded of my born-again-Christian friend who stopped listening to Smashing Pumpkins because one of their songs contains the lyrics "God is empty". In my opinion, this kind of self-censorship hurt him more than it protected him.
I could understand more if Bookworm were a vehicle for pushing a particular anti-LGBT narrative (e.g. in the same way that Atlas Shrugged is a political philosophy masquerading as a story). But it is not. The worst you could say about it is that the author is more socially conservative than is currently fashionable and has made some jokes that will age poorly. I actually think a lot of Japanese LNs are surprisingly conservative (i.e. much more supporting the status quo than subverting it), and that this doesn't really get discussed very much.
The closest thing I might be able to relate-to is the JNC series Sexiled, which basically depicts people like me as two-dimensional unsympathetic caricatures. There isn't a single redeemable male character anywhere in the series. That series is very much pushing a particular pro-female narrative (albeit humorously - it's part of the shtick). I imagine it would have been easy to take it personally and to stop reading in disgust. Indeed, looking through some of the Sexiled forums, I think there were readers who couldn't stomach it. But for me, although I occasionally rolled my eyes, I nevertheless pushed through and was rewarded with a silly, fun, and satisfying read.
Anyway, not sure if any of that is interesting or appreciated. Just my thoughts.