December 11, 2008
My Perfect eBook Reader, A Nintendo DS
I have read ebooks on my little Nokia 6230i, it was okay, but it was not the greatest experience. The Kindle just looked stupid and I can't afford an iPhone. What does that leave? A Nintendo DS!
From The Times
Nintendo, the Japanese video games company that brought us Donkey Kong and Mario the Plumber, is to announce a deal with the publisher HarperCollins today to make literary classics available to read on its DS portable games consoles.
The 100 Classic Book Collection ranges from Shakespeare and Dickens to Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. It will cost about £20 and will be available initially only in Britain. Readers will turn the pages by brushing a finger across the screen. If the collection is a success, Nintendo may expand the range of books available.
The perfect combination, books and Mario Kart. The down side however is that presumably all the classic books are old and freely available anyway. How about providing them on a memory card to slide into the upcoming DSi? That would be cool.
I wonder if any other publishing groups are going to join in the experiment?