Ascendance of a Bookworm: "Gaiden" side story book


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    Ascendance of a Bookworm - I'll do anything to become a librarian: [cencored for spoiler reasons, name in Japanese below]
    本好きの下剋上~司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません~貴族院外伝 一年生

    Publisher: TO BOOKS
    Author: Kazuki, Miya
    Illustrator: Shiina, You

    Genres:
    Slice of Life
    Fantasy

    Synopsis:

    (Contains spoilers about the future developments of the main story of Ascendance of a Bookworm during part 4. People who have not read ahead should not open the spoiler tags.)

    Why:

    JNC already licenses the main series of Ascendance of a Bookworm. Thus there is an existing audience for the side story books, and many are hungry to know other perspectives to events around the main character.

    The English speaking audience of the series would benefit from reading the book. Even if not completely crucial, there are chapters that will help later content make more sense. Many of the chapters in the book were available for the webnovel readers too on a seperate page. On top of that there are many just fun to read chapters that bring depth to the world of Bookworm. The side stories and other perspectives are the salt of the series after all.

    (Cover of the book below in spoiler tags.)


    Here's a link to TO BOOKS website page about the book.

    EDIT: @LurkingMcLurk pointed out that the one released after 4.4 and the one released after 4.8 might have to be treated separately. I hope that JNC will license both but I edited this thread to be about the one released after 4.4.


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    @Tube said in Ascendance of a Bookworm Side Story Collections:

    I hope that JNC will license the side story collections for Bookworm.

    In Japan they were released after 4.4. and 4.8. I will not go into details describing what they contain because of spoilers, but here's a link to TO BOOKS website page about the first one.

    Especially the one released after 4.4 has a lot of chapters that English readers would benefit from reading. Even if not completely crucial, there are chapters that will help later content make make more sense. Many of the chapters in the book were available to the webnovel readers too on a seperate page. Because of this I also hope it will not be released too much later than 4.4 of the main series but better later than never. :)

    Ooh yes, I have seen the image of the cover before.
    I am a little torn about the translation of the fan books and the side stories volume: on the one hand I know it would be great to plough through more material, on the other hand the series is already so long I would rather see that one finished first.

    Nonetheless I am greatful I can read Bookworm in translation at all.


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    Could please reformat your post to something like this:https://forums.j-novel.club/topic/1259/isekai-tensei-soudouki/ or https://forums.j-novel.club/topic/3919/kuudere-sugiru-mirai-no-yome-no-mendouna-7-kakan
    It's much nicer when a licensing thread is formatted like this (although in this case put the picture and the synopsis under a spoiler tag).
    I think they should be treated separately as they are named differently and are quite different in nature so just because the one after Part 4 Volume 4 got licensed it is no guarantee the one after Part 4 Volume 8 would be.
    It's also way to early too have a discussion about them because even in the best case scenario they wouldn't be relevant until November 2021.


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    @LurkingMcLurk Thank you. I took your advice and edited this thread to be about only the first one. Thanks for the formatting tip too: I just looked at the fanbook request thread for reference and figured that there is no set format. Who knew that sample size of one might not be a good idea?

    It's also way to early too have a discussion about them because even in the best case scenario they wouldn't be relevant until November 2021.

    I don't know how much these things take time, but I imagine they are not quick. After 4.4 is underway it would be too late if they want to release it after 4.4. I believe these take a lot of time to negotiate and even after the license would have been acquired Quof, Kier, and other staff would have to schedule for it too.

    EDIT:

    @Ludovico-Secondo said in Ascendance of a Bookworm Side Story Collections:

    I am a little torn about the translation of the fan books and the side stories volume: on the one hand I know it would be great to plough through more material, on the other hand the series is already so long I would rather see that one finished first.

    I know it is easy for me to say as someone who has read the webnovel already, but even pausing the main story for the time it would take to translate the side stories would be worth it. I am quite confident I would still think so even if I hadn't read the webnovel. Like I mentioned above, some of the side stories included in the book are available for webnovel readers. They add a lot to the main story and are really fun to read.


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    This volume was part of 2018 fall madness, which was like

    • 2018 Sept - P4V4
    • 2018 Oct - this compilation
    • 2018 Nov - Fanbook 3
    • 2018 Dec - P4V5

    New book came out 4 months in a row that fall and it was quite a treat.

    Challenge for JNC is that TO Books can do this because this compilation is mostly gathering of already written SS stories, although some are written from scratch, so it was possible to publish it in-between the regular releases of main series.

    For Quof, this is a full volume as long as regular main series and it will inevitably delay the main series translation. This compilation is nice, but it is not absolutely necessary for the main series.


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    Excuse me while I vomit up blood.

    @Ludovico-Secondo I imagine if these were to happen I would do them simultaneously with a main volume without slowing down. Now that LDM is caught up I could slip them into the slots where LDM used to be without issue. But deciding that isn't my wheelhouse.


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    @Tube
    Higher quality cover for OP

    @hiroto said in Ascendance of a Bookworm: side story book:

    mostly gathering of already written SS stories, although some are written from scratch

    For reference here is the ToC from Bookwalker and they've kindly marked original stories with a star (and I've added the SS markers)

    @Quof

    I imagine if these were to happen I would do them simultaneously with a main volume without slowing down.

    I can understand that with a fanbook but doing that with these books sounds insane.


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    @LurkingMcLurk said in Ascendance of a Bookworm: side story book:

    but doing that with these books sounds insane.

    I mean I've been tling Bookworm and LDM side by side for like 2 years, tling a main volume and this gaiden volume is basically the same thing - two LNs at once. It would be pretty uncomfy if it were during another LDM volume but doing it during a gap between LDM volumes would be standard stuff.


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    @Quof said in Ascendance of a Bookworm: side story book:

    Excuse me while I vomit up blood.

    @Ludovico-Secondo I imagine if these were to happen I would do them simultaneously with a main volume without slowing down. Now that LDM is caught up I could slip them into the slots where LDM used to be without issue. But deciding that isn't my wheelhouse.

    As I wrote above, I am greatful I have the chance to read Bookworm in translation at all.


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    I would do them simultaneously with a main volume without slowing down.

    If we do end up getting the license to these then ditto, brother.


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    I have a feeling even if these get licensed it'll probably be about a year before we see the first one... after all, P4V4 is still probably ~1 year away (we have the ten parts of P3V4, then even if we switch back to 8 parts per volume that's P3V5, P4V1, P4V2, and P4V3, which makes 42 weeks!)


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    I knew about the fanbooks (which I plan to import if they're not picked up within a few years), but not the side story volume.

    +1 for all the bookworm things. I want them all, preferably in English. If it comes down to it I could probably work my way through it (very slowly) in Japanese, but I'd rather not given my current reading level (I'd still probably miss some of the meaning even looking up unfamiliar stuff) and desire to prioritize series that are unlikely to ever get a translation (cough Kino's Journey).


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    If I may ask, how do these licensing threads work? How do I commit my support and my money to this idea? Is it enough to "like" the main post? Must I comment in support? Does participation affect likelihood at all?


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    @unknownmat All you can do is purchase the books, read the prepubs, and voice your interest that you would like them in English. Nothing you or I do alone can guarantee anything will be licensed. However sometimes they do take people's requests and votes on this forum as a gauge for interest. But do be aware the translator is working on the main series, the manga adaptation, and Lazy Dungeon Master, as well as his own personal matters and other localization projects. Even if the fanbooks or Gaiden/SS volumes get licensed, there may be no immediate announcement until they can work up a translation schedule around Quof's (and all his editors) other obligations.


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    @unknownmat basically what @LegitPancake said. They can help with gauging interest but ultimately there are no guarantees. (And if I had to guess they probably aren't even close to the biggest factor in what gets picked up—there is still price, publisher relationships, length, how well JNC thinks the series will do beyond the 1% that comments here, etc). But if you are super excited about something, both upvoting and providing a more specific comment(s) about how much you would love to be able to read and buy the series in English, why you think it would fit in well with JNC's current catalogue and base (or fill in a hole?), etc. would probably be best.


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    The fact that this licensing request forum even exists means that JNC cares what we want to get licensed. I don't think they would waste their staffs' (moderators') time to play a game where they pretend to care what we think. We're giving them free market research here, so if the research looks good, it would be stupid for them to not utilize it. That is not to say that just spamming the like button and commenting will guarantee that they'll license something, but I assume that a very active thread might rise to their awereness and be the step number one to seeing if licensing something would be profitable for them.


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    I would also really like to read these books! I’m totally fine with waiting until the main series is finished though.