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Sure I have some Japanese books but this will be fascinating when I can actually read some of this stuff.
This brings me to another thought; how many years until books become public domain in Japan? 70, 80 years? Since most of these books with the full view available will be that old how much have the kanji and the language in general changed in the written form? The common use kanji were standardized in, what the 1940's?, so I can expect to see no or very little furigana.
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how many years until books become public domain in Japan? 70, 80 years?
The copyright protects for 50 years after the death of the author under the Berne Convention. But there is a movement to extend the duration of copyright.
The common use kanji were standardized in, what the 1940's?,
The current 常用漢字 was enacted in 1981.
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When you find a book that you like it's usually well worth the 10 bucks or so to buy it.
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I'm still using http://dramanote.seesaa.net/ though as I like the one two punch of watching a drama then reading the equivalent of a mini-novel of the episode.
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