A moe book
(萌え本) is a type of instructional book using bishōjo
characters for tutorial purposes, with some illustrated in comic book
A close American counterpart would be the M16 instruction manual issued during Vietnam War .
The oldest known moe book was the Copyright and legal guide for computer user (コンピュータユーザのための著作権&法律ガイド), published in 2002-9.
In Moeru Eitango Moetan, published in 2003-11, full visual was added. English words examples are heavily inspired by ACG, resulting in over 200,000 books sold.
Later, Shuwa System, Eagle Publishing joined the moe book business.
In 2006-2, Enterbrain published Moeken, which explicitly targeted fans of moe. Also, Ikaros started to publish moe books.
List of moe books and publishers
Mainichi Communications Inc.
- Copyright and legal guide for computer user (コンピュータユーザのための著作権&法律ガイド)
SansaiBooks Co., Ltd.
Shuwa System Co., Ltd.
- Magical Tunnel SoftEther (魔法のトンネル SoftEther)
JTB Publishing Inc.
Ikaros Publications Ltd.
Eichi Publishing Inc.