Author Good websites to read Light Novels/ Web Novels
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What are your suggestions for good light novel websites
I know about these few
- https://www.readlightnovel.org/
- https://boxnovel.com/ (meh)
- https://www.novelupdates.com/ (more of a database than a reading website)
- https://novelplanet.com/ (hate this one, but sadly it has the largest catalog, even some lost or redacted ones)
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NovelUpdates is the database that directly links to the translators' websites. I don't know about many other places, but most of them are aggregators who simply re-up the translations for profit. NU should really be your one stop shop for non-licensed translations.

Baka-tsuki is the OG website where the old guard who translated light novels before the age of MTL and webshit came into the scene. Most of the stuff there is quality translation, and because of how old it is, many of the titles are written by authors who write with actual depth in their works. Would recommend just about any series on there. Many of them set the trends and archetypes in motion that you see today. Just don't expect any updates.

JNovelClub and YenPress are where the official translations, for paid money can be found. Both have questionable quality translations, but basically all novels now do thanks to the prevalence of neural network translators. If you don't want to buy them, there are other places to find them if you know where to look.
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Ah Baka-tsuki that truly is an OG website I haven't been there in years but they always did have top quality stuff, and just thinking of how old the website is makes me realize how old
i've become fuck. Hell I still have an old link to Mushoku Tensei from when it was still being actively translated on their website eons ago.
Last edited 11 mo ago by sterven.
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Please do pardon my intrusion. Yes, NovelUpdates directly links to the official translations. But what readers want is stable (never changing) reading experience and i am talking about theme-style(look). Not to mention you could find most of the novels at one place but don't get me wrong as i am definitely not siding with the unofficial sites because i always donate to the official sites(translators). I know i am not going to make sense by giving you a logical yet unethical example - People are lazy and they want their food in one plate even if they have to pay at the restaurant's counter, they still like want their table and plate at one place. right ?. Its same here.

https://www.kitenovel.com
http://novelfull.com

These are just some examples(i know there are more but i'll just go with what i currently reading from) that don't ask for any kind of donations and in result they are not raising any 'red flag' for any major industries yet or they would be drowning in a washing machine 🤣. Well all in all these sites might bring many 'willing-reader'(authentic who genuinely love the novels) to the door step of Donations for the translators. Anyway these just are my baseless assumptions so i really hope for a translator to enlighten us on the prospect of this "unethical behavior" only if possible ?
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I found a new one, seems decent and has a auto-bookmark feature so I can return to the last chapter that I read. Very handy for catching up on paused novels.
https://juicynovels.com/
Last edited 10 mo ago by jhung0301.
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I read many light novels at kisslightnovels and I always wanted tanaka the wizard novel online. This is one of the best place to read light novel.
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https://lovenovelstory.com

novel, korean novel and chinese novel online for freeWe are offering free books online read! Read novel updated daily: light novel translations, web novel, chinese novel, japanese novel, korean novel
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@The_Look_Of_Disapproval Some site called lightnovelgate exists. It rebranded to novelonlinefull or something recently, and it uses the facebook commenting embed. Lots of uploads there are taken from other sites. If you use mangakakalot, its basically the same site but for novels.
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Try this one
[url]www.babelnove.com[/url]
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Is there a site that lets you download pdf or epub (with the images) and doesn't use recaptcha? 😐
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@firelight
Have you tried using WebToEpub extension for Chrome? I've been using that for years on Baka-Tsuki and it works fine as long as you can get a Full Text page like they do. If not, I'm sure you can do each chapter individually then use a program like calibre or the like to merge them all into one.
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I'm looking for one with text and images. Text only is easy to find, but the ones with images are always external downloads locked behind recaptcha.
Do most light novels not have images?

I found this site which has 219 novels:
https://thatnovelcorner.com
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@firelight
Most translators nowadays don't translate light novels, the published books with professional artwork.

Everybody and their uncle is now MTLing webnovels because they're free and easy to run through google translate. This means not only are you getting a shit translation job, you are not getting artwork, nor are you getting a properly edited story from a publishing house which has the ability to edit it.

Your best bet if you want images is to go read off of J-Novel Club or Yenpress, or any other official english publisher, because they're the only ones actually translating actual light novels at this point. The old guard got sick of the industry and the culture of patreon paybait and left.

With the rise of MTL, webnovels, and publishers simply buying the license to the number 1 webnovel without editing it, the entire medium is effectively running into a dead end, pandering to what the populations want, and the english scene reflects that idea too.

Seeing this AMA a few years ago pretty much cemented the idea in my head that LN are going to be a dead medium for the next decade the only authors I'll read now are the ones who have been publishing before 2005, because they actually have creativity to write something with depth, and not hollow caricatures. https://www.reddit.com/r/LightNovels/comments/6n8oy8/im_teh_ping_and_not_a_bestselling_light_novel/
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> Seeing this AMA a few years ago...

I ROFL'ed so hard reading this.
> Stop looking for next SAO...
> Stop selling what is selling and sell something else...
Seriously, are you fckin' kidding or just moron? Real world doesn't work like you imagine it in your drunk delusions :/
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Try this one: https://novelfever.com