Just a few suggestions and let people know where I normally go to buy/borrow my manga books.
Probably nothing people don’t already know. But if you can come up with any other suggestions, please please please let us know, I’d be really keen on knowing! 🙂
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New and Japanese only (i.e. for when I become very very desperate):
。Kinukuniya – Though rarely, I did manage to find/ pre-order bunko/reprint version from the bookstore
。Amazon JP – Just be prepared to pay for a whoooping shipping fee!
Used, Japanese only:
。Amazon JP – unfortunately would have to rely on sellers who would accept overseas orders, therefore choices can be limited.
。Rakuten Global – same as above, but normally cheaper than amazon on shipping for a bulk order.
。Japan Foundation Library
The foundation has offices worldwide, each provides a library facility which is often opened to local residents. The one I went to happened to have a good varity of manga in stock. Do check their website (and online catalogue) for details.
As long as you know the ISBN (check with Amazon, Anobii/ Goodreads, Google and etc), you can arrange for an inter-loan service with your local library…. I did it once, but unfortunately my local library charged me a ridiculous amount of admin fees for the “service”. Hopefully your local libraries will not be as rip-off as mine.
I often used Worldcat (www.worldcat.org/) to find items at libraries near me.
New and Chinese only:
(again, embrace youself for a high shipping fees. But items are delivered in DHL, hence guarantees fast delivery and minimal disappointment! 🙂
Used, Chinese only:
。Yahoo Auction (not strongly recommended as sellers normally do not ship overseas. Also need to be a resident to open a local yahoo account).
Often delays (or lack of response in most cases) in accepting/ processing international orders.
Other buying options which I have not explored but others have suggested:
。Bookoff USA/ France/ Korea (except I do not live in there to ‘enjoy’ it! 🙂
。Passing-Fancy (see comment below)
。Use an intermediary service for yahoo auction….?!
Want to find out where you can read ONLINE?
Google it! 🙂
Without spelling out the obvious, Google DOES offer a lot of pointers! If in any case, Google doesn’t give you a satisfying answer…. well, then in the most unlikely event would I be able to provide you with an even better answer here really! 😉