Since eBooks is becoming more and more aggressively pushed on honto.jp, I thought I’d give my readers some information on what I’ve gathered briefly regarding ebooks on honto.jp. To be clear, I don’t have a working setup for it, so this post will focus on what doesn’t work / is not supported, as of Jan 31, 2015.
They’ve also recently implemented a 立ち読み (tachiyomi) feature to their ebooks, (which if you’re not familiar with the concept, see this). The way it works seem to be that you would need their app, or install a browser plugin on a support browser. Not all of their ebooks support 立ち読み though.
So honto apps… It appears that the honto apps for smartphones/tablets may be region locked. For Android devices, it doesn’t support any of my Android devices, because my device is not from a Japanese wireless service company; e.g. Docomo, Softbank, or au. It seems that if you have a Japanese device, you may be able to download the honto app from the Google Play store. The only other way of getting around this is by downloading the honto app .apk file and installing it to your phone. Refer to this guest post.
There is no desktop application developed for Mac OS X, but if you own an Intel Mac there is still the option of downloading a plugin called T-TimePlug. This is also an option for PC browsers (same link). Running VM (such as Bootcamp or Parallels) for Windows on a Mac is not supported according to their website.
The Windows app for honto has been reported to be working and I’ve written about the findings in this post. Just FYI, there is a protection lock when you run the program that prevents you from using 3rd party programs to capture pages of the ebook.
More information and the downloads can be found directly on the honto ebooks info page.
If you own a PC, download their native program, or install their browser plugin, T-TimePlug.
If you own a Mac, install the browser plugin, T-TimePlug, or alternatively, run Windows on Bootcamp or another VM and install their Windows app.
If you own an iOS device, it has been confirmed to work. Download the iOS app from the Japanese iOS app store.
If you don’t own a Japanese make Android smartphone/tablet, refer to this guest post.
My recommendation, if you want to give it a try, is to make sure you have everything set up and working before purchasing anything. I’ll be glad to answer any questions that I can find answers to on their site, or update this post if anyone would like to share their experience on honto.jp ebooks.