Amazon Removes Selective J-Novel Club and YenPress Manga & Light Novel titles from its Store

In some rather concerning news Anime News Network has reported that a small number of Manga and Light Novel franchises published by J-Novel Club, YenPress and Dark Horse Comics are being removed (delisted) from Amazon without prior notification to the respective publisher. Currently titles such as How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, Clockwork Planet, The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan and I Shall Survive Using Potions! have been removed from the Amazon US storefront while in the UK YenPress titles No Game No Life and No Game No Life Please, as well as Dark Horse Comics titles Eromanga Sensei and Oreimo have been removed.

The removal (delisting) of these titles refers to both physical and digital variations of the product, although at the time of writing some listings still remain; however those who have previously purchased the books digitally through Amazon Kindle Store will still be able to re-download them at any time. It’s also worth noting that while these products have been removed from Amazon in the west they are continuing to be sold on Amazon Japan.

It is unclear what triggered Amazon to remove the products from sale, especially as most of the books have been available to purchase for some time, but when J-Novel Club enquired about the removal of the books Amazon responded saying that “the books were removed from sale by Kindle Content Review.” The assumption online is that the content contained within these books, such as sexualisation of characters (No Game No Life, How Not To Summon a Demon Lord) or questionable themes (Eromanga Sensei), caused concern for Amazon and so they were removed to avoid any potential issues in the future. Regardless of the assumptions statements from J-Novel Club and YenPress have been issued, as seen below.

The statement posted on J-Novel Club’s social media profiles can be found below:

“We verified today that starting July 11th, all books in the series The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan, I Shall Survive Using Potions (Manga+LN), How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, and Clockwork Planet (LN) are no longer available for sale on Amazon Kindle (except .co.jp).

We have received no notification whatsoever about this, and only noticed due to user complaints. Also, all preorders for Magicmaster 6 were forcibly cancelled today. After calling up Amazon, they said the books were removed from sale by Kindle Content Review but couldn’t say why.

We’d like to remind everyone that ALL our books are for sale on BOOKWALKER, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play, OverDrive Libs, as well as premium epubs directly from our site at http://j-novel.club for members!”

The statement posted on YenPress social media profiles can be found below:

Sadly, we have confirmed with Amazon that they have opted to remove our No Game No Life titles from their platform. Happily, there are other retailers, both physical and digital, that are thrilled to help you support for these titles in the form of cash exchanged for goods!

By way of example, check out BOOK WALKER if you want to download and read in a matter of seconds, or if you want to treasure these books on your shelves, rightstuf has you covered!

It is alarming that Amazon would delist (remove) products from its own storefront without prior notice to the publisher/distributor of said products, or even an explanation as to why the products were removed at all.

Although these products have been removed from the store they will continue to be sold elsewhere, additionally other light novel and manga titles will continue to be sold as per normal through the Amazon store front. It is possible however that Amazon may take extra precautions on what Japanese media they plan to sell in the future; either way it will be interesting to see how things unfold.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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