For iPhone Experts
If you are a black-belt iPhone user and you spent a lot of time on the iTunes store buying and downloading songs, videos, and books it is really quite easy to buy “ブルシット! Bullshit!, A Japanese Mother Learns from Her Bilingual Children”:
- Open iTunes.
- Search for “ブルシット” (in katakana).
- Scroll past the songs and other content to the book.
- Buy the book.
- Open iBooks.
- Read book.
For iPhone Limited Users
There are a lot of other users who use their iPhone only as a telephone, or perhaps use only a few applications that were setup by someone else. For these users, the procedure can be a little less obvious. Here is the detailed, step-by-step procedure.
The following preparation steps will make the process easier:
- iTunes Username and Password – when you first received your iPhone (or iPad) Apple required you to setup an account. If you don’t know your ID and password, you will want to go find them before you get started.
- Credit Card – if you don’t buy things regularly, the iTunes store will challenge you to enter the 3 or 4 digit security code from your credit card. Likewise, it the credit card you used to setup the account has expired, you will need to be ready to update the credit card information.
- Japanese Keyboard – if you don’t have the Japanese input feature setup, you will need to set it up before starting.
- Software Update – have you updated your phone’s software recently? If not you may run into some amazing and remarkable behavior. Consider running software update from the iPhone’s settings menu.
Step 1 – Find iTunes Store Icon
The first step is to find the icon for the iTunes store. You may need to swipe left or right if it is not on the main screen. Once you find the icon, tap it.
Step 2 – Get Stuck at Blank Screen
The first thing that may happen is a blank screen that does nothing. Apple has struggled with this issue for years and an upgrade to the iTunes application in early July 2015 seems to have exacerbated the problem. Try powering the iPhone all the way off (hold down the power button for several seconds) and restarting it. If the problem persists, contact Apple customer support.
Step 3 – Click on Search
Once you have the iTunes store screen up, tap on the search icon.
Step 4 – Click in Search Area
Tap in the search window at the top.
Step 5 – Change to Japanese Keyboard if Needed
The keyboard will appear. If necessary, switch to the Japanese input mode by tapping the globe icon.
Step 6 – Enter Bu-Ru-Shi-T-To
Enter “bu”, “ru”, “shi”, “tto”. Possible Japanese will begin to appear at the top of the keyboard area. If you don’t see “ブルシット” you may need to tap the little arrow at the right to see more choices.
Step 7 – Tap the Katakana
Step 8 – Katakana Appears, Tap Search
The search input window will now display “ブルシット”. Tap the search button.
Step 9 – Results Don’t Include Books, Scroll Down
The initial results will not include books. Scroll the screen down to find the results for books.
Step 10 – Tap the Book
Tap the icon for the book.
Step 11 – Tap the Price
Tap the price. This price will display in your local currency.
Step 12 – Tap Buy Book
Tap again to buy the book.
Step 13 – Book Will Take A Long Time to Download
The book is rather large because of the significant number of illustrations and audio clips. Even on a very fast internet link it will require 5-10 minutes to download. On a slower link you might need to go eat lunch while it downloads.
Step 14 – Enter Password and Tap OK
At some point, iTunes will prompt you for your username and password. iTunes may also prompt you for credit card information.
Step 15 – Find iBooks Icon and Tap
When iTunes shows the purchase as complete, return to the main screen and locate the iBooks icon. Tap the iBooks icon.
Step 20 – After Book Downloaded, Tap My Books
You may see a screen like this that shows the book as still downloading. When the download is complete, Tap the My Books icon at the bottom of the screen.
Step 21 – Book Should Show Up
You should now see the book at the top of your iBooks library list. Tap the book to open and read.