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E-books coming to Nintendo DS

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Dec 2008 20:37 User comments (8)

E-books coming to Nintendo DS Nintendo, has announced a deal with the large book publisher HarperCollins to make many "literary classics" available as e-books on the DS portable gaming system.
The 100 titles available at launch will include books from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens. Each title will cost £20 and will be available in the UK at launch only.

To change the page, users only have to brush their finger across the screen. Nintendo begins with a larger fan base then most rival ebook readers, including the expensive Amazon Kindle, due to its already established 20 million user base.

James Honeywell, a Nintendo executive, added: “When you go on holiday, or if you’re a commuter, lugging around a big paper book can be a bit of an inconvenience. Now you’ve got this whole library that you’re taking with you.

“We hope to encourage people to try books that they wouldn’t go out and purchase themselves.”

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8 user comments

111.12.2008 2:16

Quote:
“We hope to encourage people to try books that they wouldn’t go out and purchase themselves.”

at £20 a pop, fat chance

211.12.2008 13:12

expensive and on a small screen? No thanks.

311.12.2008 15:16

and 20 pounds, you gotta be shitting me.

411.12.2008 16:48

£20!?!?!?!?
Thats more than the book itself 0_0, maybe £20 for 20 books...

515.12.2008 11:21

once they start ecomic books, i'll take a look.
but you can already do this on a psp.
so i'd go with psp right there.

615.12.2008 15:11

I never wanted a Nintendo DS until I was on a horrendously long flight and the girl next to me whipped one out and started playing. I was incredibly jealous. If I had a monitor and power hookups I could have busted out my Xbox 360 though...


716.12.2008 9:06

20pounds for a whole library of books, not per book.

817.12.2008 13:31

Originally posted by RDSR:
20pounds for a whole library of books, not per book.
that makes more sense... however, even then, the DS got two tiny screens, no thanks. Even the PSP's screen is too small :( I'll stick to actual books, lol. Well, if the Kindle or the Sony Digital Book Reader gets cheaper (say $100, lol, in my dreams)...

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