Woah! I haven’t been posting here in months. Missed me? I blame this and this. I’m still trying to get used to the new blogger interface. I guess it’s now “less is more”. I should be getting back to my usual blogging session now that I’ve finally reached the latest episode for the game I’m playing.
Here’s a side article to my previous post on how to save while buying manga. I’ve gotten quite a lot of response from people shying away from using bk1 to purchase manga because of the not-so-friendly Japanese only interface. So, here’s a little something from my experience of buying from bk1 that I hope can help potential manga buyers have more options when buying manga online. :)
In case anybody doesn’t know what bk1 is, it’s an online Japanese bookstore that ships within Japan as well as overseas. I’m splitting the post up because it’s too tl;dr even for me.
The top right corner of bk1 website is all you need to register and get into your account.
1. Click on 会員登録 (at the top most right).
2. If you’re prompted to this colourful page, just ignore everything and click on the yellow bar you see in the example below.
3. Finally, the registering page. The first tl;dr wall of Japanese is just the terms and conditions of bk1 and users privacy policies. Pretty safe. :) When you’re done “reading”, just scroll down the page and start inputting your personal information.
4. There are 4 sections in the bk1 registering page. First is customer information.
※ First tab asks for your email address which you’ll use to login to your account
※ Second tab asks you to repeat your email to confirm the address
※ Third is your password. It must be more than 4 English letters (lol, no あいうえお) and numbers. Ignore my failed scribble for the password in the image OTL.
※ Fourth tab asks you to repeat your password again to confirm.
The second section (国内) is for users within Japan only. If you’re living abroad (which I think most people reading this are), just ignore it and go to the third section.
5. On the third section that says 海外, click on the tab to have it selected. Everything here’s in English so I won’t go over it. Fill in every part though. Oh, when filling in phone number, please write your country code in as well.
6. Last section of the page asks for your birthday and gender.
For birthday, the order is year > month > date.
For gender, 男(otoko) means male while 女(onna)means female.
7. When you’re done, click on confirm registration which is the button illustrated below.
You also have the option to receive email from bk1 or not. My suggestion is to keep both options checked so you’ll get monthly bk1 coupon going into your email. :)
8. If there’s an error with the customer information page, the website will highlight the points in red. If there isn’t and it still prompted you to the same page, just click the button in point 7 again.
9. After that, you’ll be prompted to a page to finalise your information. You can still change your address or phone at a later date but most important is your email address, password and full name.
If you have to change some information, hit 戻る(aka back).
Once everything’s confirmed, 同意して登録する is the button you need to click to confirm registration.
10. And we’re done. :)