Read Dozens of J-Novel Club Books for Free in April

J-Novel Club

On the off chance you’re tired of playing video games or watching anime to pass your quarantine time, online publisher J-Novel Club has a deal for people in April 2020.. Thanks to a partnership with eBook store Book☆Walker, over 50 light novels are now available for readers to download and read for free. This offer lasts until April 30, 2020.

J-Novel Club mostly publishes books in the “Light Novel” category. Light Novels are a form of young adult fiction. They’re often published as series, and each volume is typically shorter than a full-length novel. Content-wise, they also tend towards genre fiction, so the “light” in the name applies to both length and common subject matter.

Over the last few years the medium has surged in popularity both in Japan and overseas, and many new TV anime are adapted from various popular light novels. Notable examples include The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Overlord, Log Horizon, and Sword Art Online. In keeping with the trend of light novels having lengthy, highly descriptive titles, J-Novel Club and Book☆Walker are calling the promotion “I Couldn’t Go Outside, So I Just Stayed In And Read Light Novels All Day.”

To enable would-be readers to do as it says on the cover, J-Novel Club are offering 55 volumes from 24 popular light novel series. The selection includes titles both obscure and relatively well-known. Some of the more popular releases in the promotion are Ascendance of a Bookworm, In Another World With My Smartphone, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey,
Demon Lord, Retry. Incidentally, the aforementioned works have all received anime adaptations.

The books can be read directly on the J-Novel Club website, but readers who prefer mobile devices and offline reading can also install the Book☆Walker app and download the novels as eBooks.

The promotion runs until April 30th, 2020.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.