What is J-Novel Club?
We're THE place to read the latest light novels and manga from Japan! Find out more about our company here.
What can you do on this website?
On j-novel.club, you can read previews of all our series for free, catch up on the latest information and announcements, check our release schedule, and find links to stores where you can purchase our ebooks and print volumes!
If you sign up for a free account, you can also post on our forums!
You also have the option to become a J-Novel Club Member or Premium Member. Any membership allows you to read the latest parts of all of our ongoing series as they are being translated, before they are available in stores! Premium Members earn monthly Coins that can be redeemed for Premium ebooks compatible with any EPUB device, and they can download their EPUBs from the library page whenever they like.
What can I do with your iOS and Android apps?
Our app, which is available in the iTunes app store and Google Play store, lets you read previews of all our series, and allows J-Novel Club Members to read the latest parts of all of our ongoing series as they are posted on the go!
Our app is still new and we plan on adding more features in the future.
Are there print versions of your books?
Yes! Many of our popular series are available in print from standard physical book distributors!
We generally choose to print series that have strong digital sales, so you can help increase the chance of your favorite series getting a physical release by spreading the word and buying ebooks for friends and family!
What benefits do Members get and how much does it cost?
Becoming a J-Novel Club Member costs $4.95 a month, or $54 a year with an annual subscription ($4.50 a month).
Members can read the latest pre-publication (prepub) parts as they are finished being translated for all of our ongoing series! They can also purchase J-Novel Coins at a 5% discount.
Also, there is a special Members-only section of our forums where members can discuss these prepub releases...
What benefits do Premium Members get and how much does it cost?
Becoming a J-Novel Club Premium Member costs $10.95 month-to-month, or $120 a year for an annual subscription ($10 a month).
Premium Members have all the benefits of normal Members, plus they get 699 Coins to exchange for a Premium light novel once every month on the 15th! They can also purchase additional Coins à la carte for 15% off!
How do I cancel my membership?
Easy! (Maybe too easy...)
Log in, go to the membership tab on your account page then click on Cancel Membership. Your plan status should now say "Active (Set to cancel)".
Your membership will stay active until the end of the next cycle, then your membership will end. If you change your mind, you can un-cancel at any time until the end of the billing cycle.
What are J-Novel Coins and how do I get them?
Everyone can buy Coins with a free account! Just go to "Buy Coins" from your account profile.
Premium Members get 699 Coins immediately when signing up for the first time for the premium membership (or upgrading from a normal membership), and then 699 Coins every month around the 15th of the month. Subscribers get a discount when buying Coins; 5% off for Regular Members and 15% off for Premium Members.
Coins can be redeemed for premium ebooks, or you can spend them to rent light novel parts and manga chapters. You can download the premium ebook from your library, or read the parts right here on our site. Renting gives you access to that part or chapter for 72 hours, but if you decide you like it enough to own it, the cost of the rental will count toward the Coin cost of the premium ebook!
Do J-Novel Coins expire?
Your Coins will never expire, and you may store as many as you want.
Can I upgrade from a normal Membership to a Premium Membership?
If you go to the subscription page, you will see a list of membership options you may upgrade to. You will be credited with a prorated amount for however much remains on your current membership.
Upgrades are not allowed to plans which would cause a negative balance, like upgrading from a yearly Membership to a monthly Premium Membership.
Can I downgrade my Membership from a Premium Membership to a normal Membership, or annual to monthly?
The simplest way to do this is to “cancel” your ongoing subscription, and when your current period ends, sign up again for the Membership tier you want.
What is a Premium ebook?
Premium ebooks are EPUB3 ebooks only available for purchase directly through our website. These ebooks have higher quality images than the ones you can download on other stores, and you can convert them to other formats and save them to any device you own.
They are not available anywhere else, and can only be obtained by exchanging them for J-Novel Coins.
Premium ebooks also usually have bonus content, like special illustrations, translator notes sections, extra short stories, or textless illustrations, depending on the title and availability.
Will the Premium ebooks in my library always be available?
Premium ebooks you have purchased using Coins can be downloaded from your library as often as you'd like, and the files are yours to do with as you wish.
However, if J-Novel Club loses the rights to the title or our licensing contract expires, we will no longer be able to provide the download service.
Your copies of your ebooks will always be yours!
What is a prepub release?
Think of them as simulcasts or streaming for light novels!
For each series currently being translated, we release one part of the volume each week for Members to read on our website or using our app. These parts will generally be about 30-40 pages, but can vary from week to week. Each part consists of a roughly equal portion of the final amount of text; most of our titles are released in 8-10 parts, one per week, though longer books naturally take more time to translate and are released over more weeks.
Please keep in mind that these are prepublication releases and have not been fully proofread at the standard we have for our official ebook releases. (Although we'd like to think they're still pretty good!)
Note that the prepub versions of light novels typically only include the black-and-white illustrations found in the text. The final ebooks for both light novels and manga will include all other illustrations, such as the color illustrations usually found at the beginning of the book, character introductions, maps, and other miscellaneous illustrations.
How long are prepub parts available?
The prepub releases are available until the ebook is published, just like implied.
After the final part in a volume is released, there will be a month where we do final proofreading and typesetting for the ebook, so all parts will be available for a minimum of 4-5 weeks, and over two months for the first parts in each volume.
Prepub parts expire within a month of the ebook release, around the 15th of each month. After expiring, you can still read these parts if you own the premium ebook, or you can rent them for Coins!
Volume X is no longer available? Expired? What gives?
Once a volume has been published as an ebook, it is expired from prepub reading within a month of the ebook release.
Please support the author by purchasing the official ebook! Or you can sign up for a Premium membership and use your Coins to download the Premium ebook straight from our site or rent expired parts for a limited time!
We also make entire series available as “catchups” every month. A catchup series will have all the prepub parts for every volume in that series made available for Members to read. These catchups change every month, so you can check out a lot of series and find new ones to follow!
Can I read expired parts with a subscription/Premium membership?
No, none of our subscription tiers allow access to expired parts.
Members can only read unexpired parts, which are for volumes that are currently being translated or prepared for digital publication, and series that are on catchup.
However, you can rent most expired parts for Coins!
When does the prepub for the next volume in a series start?
After one volume's final part comes out, there is usually at least 2 weeks before the next volume's first part will be posted.
If a series is caught up with the Japanese releases, whenever a new volume is released, that volume needs to be licensed separately. Licensing can vary wildly in how long it takes, so we don't have any hard estimates on when the the next volume will be ready to start streaming, sorry!
Because of the nature of posting parts as they are translated, future volumes are not put on the schedule in advance since there isn't much time between when we know a volume is ready for streaming and when it will actually start. They will usually be added to the schedule a few days before or on the day of release. Please rest assured - when part 1 and the English cover are ready to go live, the new volume will be added to the schedule.
Hey, I noticed a typo/misspelling/embarrassing mistake! Where do I complain?
Thank you for asking!
Posting in the forums is the best way to point out errors in prepub parts, and they'll get corrected ASAP. One of the benefits of doing these prepub releases is that we can really polish the translations before final publication.
If you're reading a published ebook, then we would prefer that you email errors you've found to email@example.com instead.
Why do I need to tell you my country if there are no region restrictions on your ebooks?
All that setting does is change which third-party store retail links go to. Feel free to set it to whatever country you usually purchase from, and change it if you need to.
Which types of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club, including debit cards with one of these brands. You can also pay via Google Pay and Apple Pay!
At this time, we do not accept any other type of payment such as PayPal or Bitcoin, sorry!
Please note that Stripe, our payment provider, does not support all countries, so you may not be able to purchase a subscription or coins from us if you are in one of those countries.
I don't see an option for Google Pay or Apple Pay, how do I access it?
Google Pay: If you are on a desktop or laptop computer, you must be using the Google Chrome browser and be logged into your Google account through the browser itself. If you are on an Android device, you must be logged into your Google account through your device's settings. Google Pay must also be enabled on your Google account.
Apple Pay: If you are on a Mac desktop or laptop computer, you must be logged into your Apple account through System Preferences. If you are on an iOS device, you must be logged into your Apple account on your device. Apple Pay must also be enabled on your Apple account.
If you are correctly logged into your account via one of the above options and using the correct web browser (Google Chrome for Android, Safari for Mac/iOS) the option to use Google Pay or Apple Pay should automatically appear as an alternative option to credit card when you attempt to add a payment type. Note that you will not see the option to use Google or Apple Pay if you are not using the correct web browser (including ones which haven't been mentioned yet such as Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge).
Please note that Google Pay and Apple Pay are not available in all countries; if they are not available in your country, then you may not see the option.
How do I change my payment method?
In your account page, go to the membership page.
You will see an option to change your payment method (EDIT) there. Only one payment method may be saved on file at a time.
You can also remove your stored payment method on this page if you wish.
Why do you charge sales tax?
Due to a 2018 United States Supreme Court decision (South Dakota v. Wayfair), states are allowed to collect sales tax on businesses even if they do not have a physical presence in that state. Please look up your local sales tax laws if you have further questions.