Get Our Newest Japanese Reader Lesson, Momotaro, FREE

For a limited time, buy Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi and the Young Lord Download and get Japanese Reader Collection Vol 5: Momotaro, the Peach Boy FREE!
No coupon needed. If you don’t receive your download link for the two products within an hour of ordering, please email me.

Hikoichi and the Young Lord Download

ONLY $3.99

Hikoichi and the Young Lord Instant gratification! Purchase this PDF, eBook, and MP3 download pack and get instant download access. You can begin studying in minutes. Enjoy practicing your listening and reading skills with this story about a famous, young, and wise man who catches the attention of the local ruler. Beginners can get a lot out of this product, but hiragana and basic Japanese is required.

Momotaro, the Peach Boy

FREE (with purchase of Hikoichi)

Momotaro is by far Japan’s most famous fairy tale. Now, you can read this famous mukashi banashi in real Japanese. Momotaro is a boy born of a peach who grows up to be a brave and mighty man. Oni are invading the village. The villagers beg Momotaro to get rid of the menace. Together with three strange allies, Momotaro heads off to Onigashima to defeat the Oni boss. Beginners can get a lot out of this product, but hiragana and very basic Japanese is required.
Both products include:

  • PDF of the story with running gloss and explanations in English
  • Kindle & Nook formats for viewing on your favorite eReader device
  • MP3 of the stories read by native speakers
  • Works on PCs and Macs

Alternatively, you can purchase either at Amazon. Then forward me your Amazon.com receipt, and I’ll email you the download links for the MP3s and PDFs. The price is also $3.99. Email me after buying one and I’ll send you the other for free. [Amazon: Hikoichi and Momotaro]

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Two Tocks Before Midnight Audiobook Review

Two Tocks before Midnight Audiobook Review

Narrator Reviews has just reviewed CJ Martin’s novella, Two Tocks Before Midnight here. Wayne Farrell did a fantastic job with the sound as the review says.

I only have only good things to say about this narrator. Farrrell’s voice is rich, deep, and clear. He gives an excellent presentation of the text parts, as well as in expressing the characters. Farrell, has a good handle on proper emphasis, so each character is easily distinguished.

Click here to hear it at Audible: Two Tocks Before Midnight, C J Martin, Narrator, Wayne Farrell

(re)New Product: Japanese Reader Collection Volume 4: The Mouse Bride Download

Japanese Reader Collection Volume 4: The Mouse Bride

Built for Beginners of Japanese

We just finished revamping this reader. I listened to the MP3s for this last week and cringed… There was hiss; there were odd popping noises–it was just horrible. No wonder it was the second least popular download in our catalog!

This download, designed for beginners and upper beginners of Japanese, now has two new recordings: one at slow speed for beginners to easily follow along and one at normal speed. The PDF has been thoroughly edited and I’ve added Kindle and Nook (epub) formats to expand your options for how to use the product.

Works with PCs, Macs, Kindles, Nooks, and any device that can read PDFs, ePub, or MP3s.

  • An E-Book in Flash for interactive reading and listening
  • A 33 Page PDF (for printing) with every vocabulary defined after each line, the story in hiragana only (with spaces), the story in “real” Japanese, and the story translated into English
  • A slow MP3 recording of the story (newly rerecorded)
  • A normal speed MP3 recording (newly rerecorded)
  • Kindle and Nook ebook formats included
  • Works with PCs or Macs (the only difference is PC users use the .exe file for the Flash E-Book and Mac users use the flash embedded HTML file)
  • And as a special Flash bonus, “40 Common Japanese Family Names”–click on any name to hear it read.

* NOTE: If you bought this product before, please email me for a free update. (If you can find your order email, that would be great, but I should be able to look it up if you don’t have it handy)

Oh, and I’ve reduced the price too! It was $5.99. Now it is $3.99!

Please click here to learn more and view sample pages.

Learn Japanese through Dialogues At the Restaurant Kindle eBook

Brand New! Learn Japanese through Dialogues: at the Restaurant ebook.

We produced an iPhone app last year on Japanese Dialogues. It was a HUGE undertaking, but as a result, I have tons of data to work with. I’m slowly organizing the hundreds of sound files and XML spreadsheets so that the information can be repackaged for ebooks and as audiobooks.

We finished the ebook of the “At the Restaurant” topic a few weeks ago and it is finally up on Amazon. The audiobook is far more challenging (imagine converting an ebook explaining Japanese conversation, grammar, and vocabulary into an audio-only format). But I hope to have that finished next week.

While we are using the same basic information across platforms, each product has been created with that platform in mind.

All formats include audio files (the ebooks have a link to the download on the last page)

iPhone: Japanese Dialogues (FREE download, then buy the At the Restaurant as an in-app purchase)

Amazon Kindle: Learn Japanese through Dialogues: at the Restaurant $4.99

B&N Nook: Learn Japanese through Dialogues: at the Restaurant $4.99

TheJapanShop.com: Learn Japanese through Dialogues: at the Restaurant $4.99

Audiobook (on iTunes & Amazon MP3) Coming soon!

CJ Martin’s Two Tocks Before Midnight Audiobook Coming

We (really meaning, I–Clay) are thrilled to announce the coming audiobook version of CJ Martin’s Two Tocks before Midnight novella. It is a Sherlock Holmes-esque story that takes the reader back to 19th century Boston.

There is a murder. All members of the Agora Society is at risk; all members are suspect. Only one man, Carl Brooke, has the knowledge and expertise to stop the murderer…

Wayne Farrell will do the narration. He has a marvelous voice and is just perfect for the story. I can’t wait to post excerpts!

Here is the coming audiobook cover:

If you haven’t read it, I don’t think you will be disappointed–check it out on Amazon here or for your Nook here.

And check out CJ Martin’s Author site here: http://www.CJMartinBooks.com

New Review for our 100 Japanese Grammar Points Kindle eBook

Well, I was just thrilled to read a brand new review for our Kindle ebook, 100 Japanese Grammar Points.

 

We’d had two other reviews. One was four star that was generally positive and one was a three star that didn’t like how I used screen shots to capture the Japanese. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t currently allow Japanese characters even though most Kindles out there support it. So, I have to use images. I do need to fix the ones with the spell check squiggly lines, though…

Here is the wonderful review–Thank you Solano-san!

 

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value,May 6, 2012
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This review is from: 100 Japanese Grammar Points in Plain English (Kindle Edition)

I do not care tha much for e-books, what they make up in ostensible convenience, they usually lack in quality, so I do appreciate some of the comments regarding screenshots… and I agree; I’ve had my share of disappointments.

Having said that, this particular book is an invaluable wealth of very useful, pragmatic information. I am learning Japanese on my own, so finding material that is comprehensive, and making sense of it without the help of an instructor is difficult.

In my assessment if you learn basic vocanulary and apply the concepts presented in this book, you will gain a significant grasp of the fundamentals; this book has gone a long way in helping me bridge the gap of understanding from pieces of information collected from other sources.

If you’re someone who enjoys learning on your own, you will get a lot out of this book… and the price makes it a great deal, I would not be shy about buying other japanese learning material from this author

 

 

New Cover Design for E.C. Smith’s BITTER DAWN Fantasy Novel

Actually, it has a new title as well! No longer will the first book of The Harbinger of Light series be called “Covenant.” (And no longer will the series not have its own title!)

If you scroll down a few posts, you’ll see the “old” image with “Covenant” as the title. I really liked how it turned out, but several of the images were not large enough for print. The above image is the front, spine, and back cover of the 9×12″ paperback.

I think I like it better and with Mr. Smith’s permission, we’ll use it for both ebook and printed covers.

It is off to the printers with 598 inside pages sandwiched between the covers for a test run. Once that is given a good reading by the early beta readers, it should be ready. I’m hoping by the end of the month to have at least the ebook version selling on Amazon, BN.com, and TheJapanShop.com.

Any thoughts or comments would be most appreciated.