I added EhonNavi to my online resources page, but I wanted to make sure that you all saw it! I’ve known about the site for a long time, but I thought it was just for rating picture books and finding new ones; it turns out that it also has over 350 full picture books available for free!

From the home page, click the link on the right that says 全ページ試し読み to see the available books; click a book and find the green icon that says 全ページ試し読みする to read it. You have to be a member to read them; if you haven’t signed up already you’ll be prompted when you try to access a book. (Keep reading for my registration walkthrough.)

You can only read a book once, and apparently they’re serious about that: if you reach the end of the book, then try to go back to the beginning, everything will be pixelated. If there’s an error of some sort (the program crashes, etc.) you should be able to re-access the book, as long as you do so within 15 minutes. Once you have read the book, the option to read it will disappear, but you can still read the limited preview.

The recommended OS is Microsoft Windows XP Home Service Pack 3, with Internet Explorer 8.0 or Firefox 3.6 and Flash Player 10 installed. It may not work as well with WindowsXP Service Pack 2 or Mac. (I have a Mac and it loads sometimes, but when it does most of the images are pixelated; with Windows XP Service Pack 2, it loads up to 99% and hangs. So at the moment I can’t use it.)

The first row of books are new arrivals, the second is ranked by popularity and the third is sorted by sales. Underneath that, there are recommendations for babies (赤ちゃんにおすすめ), children 3 and older who aren’t in school yet (3歳から未就学児におすすめ), elementary school students and older (小学生以上におすすめ), and ones for adults as well (大人にもおすすめ). Underneath that, you can also choose by writer, theme and so on.

I hope that this will be a great resource for those of you who can access it! I think it might be the very best thing currently available online for beginners, too. I’ll welcome any reviews or information about any of the books, and probably make a separate page for that. There is a lot to explore on EhonNavi, and I’ve only just started really looking into it, so if you find anything else that might be of particular interest to extensive readers, please post a comment or e-mail me!

With over 350 fun-looking books and clearly marked difficulty levels, now there’s no excuse not to try tadoku! (Except, of course, if you aren’t running Windows XP SP3…) Happy reading!

Registration walkthrough:

Registration page. The only required fields are the ones with the red buttons that say 必須 (required); you can leave the others blank.

Confirmation page:

Welcome page:

And then go back to the main page and click 全ページ試し読み!

Choose a book, then on the book’s page, click 全ページ試し読みする:

9 Responses to Registration walkthrough and information about EhonNavi

  1. e_dub_kendo says:

    Very nice guide, this should really make it fairly easy for someone to get signed up. I’ll mention because I didn’t see it noted anywhere (which doesnt mean it isn’t there), that only the fields with the red label that says「必須」(Neccessary) on it are required. I left all the others blank and was able to sign up just fine. There’s a lot of fields so this can save some time to someone in a hurry to get to the books!

  2. Liana says:

    Ah, good point — I’ll add that somewhere real quick!

  3. Thanks so much for this!
    Japanese books are very expensive in my country >_< It's a shame it doesn't work on FF 5 though, i dah to install FF 3 (for some reason it didn't work on IE 8)

  4. Liana says:

    Glad it was helpful! But yeah, I wish it was more accessible, too…

    • jamal says:

      hi liana
      once at nihonnavi mainpage ,i couldn’t find
      the button who takes me to registration page
      so i can do the others steps montioned in your
      walktrough.

      perhaps the interface has changed since your post
      in 2011 ! just please tell me where to clic first and then it’s up to me. thanks a lot

  5. Karen Nishimura says:

    Hi Liana,
    Thanks for the walk through. We got stuck and couldn’t get to the confirmation page and we complete all the necessary categories. Do we need an invitation code? Thanks
    Karen Nishimura

  6. Liana says:

    It’s possible they’ve changed it, but just from a quick look at the site it doesn’t seem any different. I don’t think you should need an invitation code. What are you stuck on? Feel free to post a screenshot.

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