One quick update to my article on the usefulness of eReaders, and especially the Kindle in Japan, is that surprisingly, English language newspapers from Japan are available on the Kindle. Even better is that even if you don’t own a Kindle, they are available through the Kindle for iPad, iPhone, and Android app. This means you can subscribe without owning a Kindle. There is also a
The Asahi Shimbun English version is available. This is $5.99 a month for daily delivery.
The other English language Japanese newspaper available is The Mainichi Daily News. This one is available for $5.99 a month.
Of the two, I would recommend Asahi over Mainichi because Mainichi Shimbun seems to have a lot of content about international stories of interest, and event the content about Japan is often from sources such as AP. Asahi Shimbun seems to have many more articles about Japan and written by staff writers in Japan. Also, Asahi has many more local pictures as you can see from the screen shots below. (Screenshots are of the newspapers on the Kindle App on the iPad.)
There is a 14 day trial for both so there’s not much danger in trying them out and seeing which works best for your reading style and information needs.
Here are some screen shots taken on my iPad, needless to say on the Kindle, all photos come up in black and white and grayscale.