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    I was wondering if there was a way to download Manga (in Japanese) as well as download a Japanese-English dictionary to instantly translate highlighted kanji into English. It comes with a stock English dictionary, that does the same for any highlighted word, but I can't help but think how much time it would save if I didn't have to manually look up kanji by radicals, stroke count, etc.

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    You need a kindle fire or nook to get the kinda use out of it you want.
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    If it's coming off of a PDF file I don't think anything like that exists. I think you're stuck doing it the old fashioned way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gezora View Post
    If it's coming off of a PDF file I don't think anything like that exists. I think you're stuck doing it the old fashioned way.
    Ah, I've never read a PDF on my kindle, so I guess you can't highlight text then? I guess that would make sense.

    Although I do have a kindle fire, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Ah, I've never read a PDF on my kindle, so I guess you can't highlight text then? I guess that would make sense.

    Although I do have a kindle fire, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro2Flo View Post
    Ah, I've never read a PDF on my kindle, so I guess you can't highlight text then? I guess that would make sense.

    Although I do have a kindle fire, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
    Whut. I'm just saying manga is usually going to come in the form of some kind of image file. I know you can highlight text in PDF files sometimes, but due to the nature of manga formatting there would be no good reason for the creator of the file to make the text highlightable; mainly because the lettering is part of the image and not an actual typeface. We don't live in Minority Report yet.
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    Whut. I'm just saying manga is usually going to come in the form of some kind of image file. I know you can highlight text in PDF files sometimes, but due to the nature of manga formatting there would be no good reason for the creator of the file to make the text highlightable; mainly because the lettering is part of the image and not an actual typeface. We don't live in Minority Report yet.
    I just want to read the kanjis on my hentais why are you being so mean?

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    Guys I routed my Kindle Fire so I could install Rikaichan, but it just keeps saying "no text selected." What does that mean? There are kanjis all over the place!
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    Yeah, and you can install a Japanese dictionary after rooting, but I guess if you can't highlight the text in a manga, since its an image file most likely, then im still SOL.

    Although, text in books bought in kindle format give you the ability to highlight, even though it could have gotten away with an image file type format. Anyone know if Japanese e-manga or w/e comes as an image file? Most fan-scans do I guess, but I'm hoping that legit digital manga might be a little classier.

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    I'm sorry I can't help you. You clearly don't understand what you're talking about at all. Why would the proprietary file type for Kindle books be an image file? In what universe would that be useful to the purpose of delivering text content that is scalable and needs a dozen other features included with it?
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    Yeah, and you can install a Japanese dictionary after rooting, but I guess if you can't highlight the text in a manga, since its an image file most likely, then im still SOL.

    Although, text in books bought in kindle format give you the ability to highlight, even though it could have gotten away with an image file type format. Anyone know if Japanese e-manga or w/e comes as an image file? Most fan-scans do I guess, but I'm hoping that legit digital manga might be a little classier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro2Flo View Post
    Yeah, and you can install a Japanese dictionary after rooting, but I guess if you can't highlight the text in a manga, since its an image file most likely, then im still SOL.

    Although, text in books bought in kindle format give you the ability to highlight, even though it could have gotten away with an image file type format. Anyone know if Japanese e-manga or w/e comes as an image file? Most fan-scans do I guess, but I'm hoping that legit digital manga might be a little classier.
    It will all be images. It begins as an image, and most manga is still lettered by hand. At least with rooting you will be able to look things up by radical.
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    Use OCR software (Optical Character Recognition) to convert scanned documents to editable MS Word, Excel, HTML or searchable PDF files.
    Not sure what is available for the Kindle per say but they do exist. I had an app on my last japanese phone that you could take pictures of characters and it would recognize them and pull up definitions and such...

    Amazon Kindle Fireで日本語を入力する / ATOK,simejiをインストールする - nunnun's weblog

    Kindle Fireでの日本語入力 [続] / Japanese Input on Kindle Fire - nunnun's weblog

    those two links are just for putting a Japanese IME on your fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gezora View Post
    I'm sorry I can't help you. You clearly don't understand what you're talking about at all. Why would the proprietary file type for Kindle books be an image file? In what universe would that be useful to the purpose of delivering text content that is scalable and needs a dozen other features included with it?
    So get angry about it.
    Actually, get even angrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mteacher80 View Post
    Use OCR software (Optical Character Recognition) to convert scanned documents to editable MS Word, Excel, HTML or searchable PDF files.
    Not sure what is available for the Kindle per say but they do exist. I had an app on my last japanese phone that you could take pictures of characters and it would recognize them and pull up definitions and such...

    Amazon Kindle Fireで日本語を入力する / ATOK,simejiをインストールする - nunnun's weblog

    Kindle Fireでの日本語入力 [続] / Japanese Input on Kindle Fire - nunnun's weblog

    those two links are just for putting a Japanese IME on your fire.
    Awesome, thanks a lot!

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    So get angry about it.
    Actually, get even angrier.
    I'm not angry, just exasperated. Scientists should study you because there is probably an event horizon inside your skull.
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    manga sucks on the kindle.
    I once experimented with trying some English language manga on it but....the screen is just too small and it loads very weirdly, even after converting.

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    I disagree, I love reading manga on the kindle. There's a great tool specifically for converting manga called Mangle. Google it!

    (But yeah, the dream of magically translating manga as you read it is a little far away, especially with the typical manga having kanji too small to be easily recognizable by OCR. Just suck it up and use a separate electronic dictionary.)

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    I heard big things about mangle. It doesn't help much though. It....mangles things. Ho ho ho.

    If only the kindle screen was a bit bigger....

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    It all depends on your source material. If you have clear, high-res scans of single pages it fits perfectly on the screen. The only trouble I've had is with raws that were blurry to begin with, or double-page scans (which I was able to get around with the Kindle's rotate and zoom functions).

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