5 Sites Where You Can Download Light Novels and Web Novels (EPUB and PDF) for Free
The popularity of reading Korean, Chinese, and Japanese light novels and web novels has been on the rise. People of different ages have been using their gadgets to browse the internet and search for the most recommended and popular novels at this time. Familiar names like Reincarnator and Re:Monster usually ranks up the list, though fairly new ones such as The New Gate and The Rise of the Shield Hero also take up the stage. However, most of the readers’ frustrations are directed on where to download these novels.
Fortunately, I made a short list of sites you can conveniently download these novels, whether Korean, Chinese, Japanese, or Original English, without the need to pay.
1. Armaell's Library
Armaell's Library is a fairly new site. It still holds countless of light novels and web novels you can download for free. These novels can be browsed and are normally arranged in alphabetical order. Unlike other sites, Armaell's Library actually provides information about a novel such as its plot and the groups “scanlating”. Navigating through the site is also easy and searching for novels can also be done. You can always look for your favorite light novel genres without any troubles.
The best thing about the site is their list of recommendations. For instance, after downloading a particular light novel or web novel, three related novels will be suggested to you. Though limited, it’s better than having none at all. The feature helps a lot of people especially those who have troubles in finding a good novel.
2. Anime Light Novels
Anime Light Novels offers tons of free light novels for you to read. Unlike Armaell’s Library, the site focuses on light novels with an anime adaptation. The site is perfect for those anime lovers who are not satisfied with the cliffhanger ending of the anime series and want to explore more on the continuation of the story.
Navigating your way through the site and downloading light novels can be done easily. The list of available novels is directly shown when you enter the site and clicking on one of them will redirect you to another page. This new page contains the plot summary and the author of the novel, and below it are parts available for download.
3. Rekt Novel Compilations
Of all downloadable novels sites, Rekt Novel Compilations would be the most direct in terms of downloading. In just one click, without any short-lengthening URL sites (e.g. AdFly), you can download light novels and web novels easily.
In spite of the convenient downloading, the site does have its limitations. The site does not provide any categorization of the light novels as they are simply arranged in an alphabetical order. The light novels are also limited in number so you might expect that some of your novels on your reading list are not in the catalog. Finally, plot summaries. genres and tags are not shown so readers might need to "google" the novels themselves, which is a hassle.
Another fairly simple site, henkanepubs provides a fair number of light novels and web novels that are not available in other sites. The site provides Korean and Chinese novels, though Japanese novels are available as well. Downloading can be easily done wherein users promptly click on the novel parts which are usually shown below and together with the plot summary and the author of the novel.
The downside of the site, however, is the small number of available novels and the long waiting time for the updates. Updates often take weeks and months to be added, though this is understandable due to a limited number of people managing the site. On the other hand, the good thing is guests in the site can request light novels to be added to the page (though there is no guarantee that it will be added). Still, this is a great feature that can serve as a model for other sites.
Lnwepubs is similar to Rekt Novel Compilations in terms of page design and downloading the light novels. So you won't find any trouble finding the right novel and downloading it. The site also hosts a huge number of light novels, around 200 novels, and web novels which are mostly Japanese translated.
Though a large number of available novels for download is something to be grateful for, the site has its own shares of downsides. Plot summary and novel cover for each of the novels are not provided, so new readers might have a hard time searching the net for the light novel on the list. Moreover, there's no convenient feature of sorting the novels based on the genre, so recommending related light novels is not immediately done.
That ends the list for now. I hope the sites that I’ve listed are useful for your reading endeavors. If you have other sites that you can recommend, you can freely comment below.
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