Beginning as a series of light novels in 2000, Kino No Tabi is written by Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. The story was first published in Dengeki hp Magazine, then serialized into volumes by ASCII Media Works. Since then, the series has been published into 19 volumes, with the most recent release on October 10th, 2015. 8 million+ copies have been sold since!
The English release, simply titled "Kino no Tabi", was published on October 3, 2006 by Tokyopop and has since been unable to release more volumes due to completely botching the volume. The chapter order is mixed up in the english release, and only one volume has been published.
- While release dates were sparadic for a time, VOlumes 9 - 19 were all released on the same day of the following year, October 10th. Though Volumes 20 and 21 are released in the same month, they seem to be released a couple days before the other novels and a day apart from each other: October 8th and October 7th.
- Volume 22 broke this yearly release trend by releasing on July 10th, 2019, almost a year and a half from the previous volume (Oct 8th)
- Volumes 1, 5, and 22 were released all on the same day (July 10th)
- All volumes of Gakuen Kino were realeased in July; 1-4 was released on the 10th, and the final novel was released on the 9th.