青空文庫 to PDF - The introduction of 青空キンドル for Japanese learners

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Aug 11, 2011 08:11 Japanese
Hello everyone. Some of you might have been interested in 青空文庫, the online archive of Japanese literature. 青空文庫 contains lots of Japanese novels whose copyrights have been expired. So it's pretty much similar to the Project Gutenberg. You can download them for free in the formats including zip-compressed txt, ebk, and xhtml. Some of them include よみがな(ルビ) as well, so they are really useful for Japanese learners.

青空文庫
http://www.aozora.gr.jp/

However, you might prefer documents in the PDF format. Although 青空文庫 doesn't provide documents in the PDF format, there is an online service which converts a 青空文庫 content into a PDF file. It's called 青空キンドル. As its name suggests, the service is designed for those who want to read 青空文庫 contents on the Amazon kindle.

青空キンドル
http://a2k.aill.org/


Here I'll explain how to use this online service. Say, you want to read 太宰治's 走れメロス now. You first go to the page for the novel in 青空文庫.

走れメロス by 太宰治
http://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/000035/card1567.html

On the page, you go down to "ファイルのダウンロード", and you find the link to the zip-compressed text file. It's read テキストファイル and "zip". If it says "テキストファイル(ルビあり)", it contains ふりがな(ルビ)as well to help your reading of difficult kanji.

You right-click the link "1567_ruby_4948.zip" and copy the Link Location into the clipboard. The link URL is as follows:
http://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/000035/files/1567_ruby_4948.zip

You then go to the 青空キンドル. Near the top of the page, there is a query box. You paste the copied URL into the query box. Just below the query box, from the left there are three radio buttons to specify the font size. Then there is a check box for the double row layout option. Now click the "PDF化” button, and you can download the converted PDF version of the novel. The text is aligned in the vertical manner.


An article about aozora bunko at tohugu.com
http://www.tofugu.com/2011/08/25/free-japanese-books-online/