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Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study
February 20, 2013 | 12:28 pm

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children's author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt's Tim Cushing argues that, notwithstanding some of the fallacies the author is operating under, in fact, many forms of entertainment these days are indeed given away for free. And of course, many others are paid for... I decided to have a quick think about the 'entertainment' we consume in my own household. How much of it do we pay for? How...

Nintendo e-book plans for 3DS handheld
June 21, 2010 | 10:15 am

nintendo-3ds51-150x150 We’ve written a fair amount on various different apps and carts that can turn the Nintendo DS into an e-book reader. Now Electric Pig has an article about Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata talking about possible e-book plans for the new Nintendo 3DS, at the Nintendo E3 keynote. Said Satoru, “We’re thinking about functionality where it will automatically acquire newspaper and magazine articles.” Of course, as the article points out, it’s not clear whether this feature will be seen outside of Japan. Some might complain about the small size of the screens. However, they’re in the same ballpark...

British children’s writer sells e-stories for Nintendo DS
May 20, 2010 | 2:56 pm

Remember the public domain e-book cartridge that was made available for the Nintendo DS? Now British children’s author Anthony Horowitz is publishing three selected horror stories from his forthcoming collection, More Bloody Horowitz, as digital downloads through Nintendo’s DSi Ware download service at a cost of 200 points. The article on indicates that would be equal to £2, though the same amount of points would cost only $2 in America. There is no indication this e-book will be available in America, however. Horowitz said: "I think it's great that my horror stories are...

Next-generation Nintendo DS to feature high resolution, accelerometer—great for e-book reading?
March 15, 2010 | 4:33 pm

New information has come to light about the next generation of Nintendo hand-held game console, to be unveiled at E3 in June. Most interestingly for e-book readers, the screens are going to have much higher resolution than the current generation and will be essentially contiguous, with no space in-between, so that they can be used as a single display when the device is fully open. The device will also feature an accelerometer. The new resolution is not stated, though prior rumors have suggested a change from its current 256x192 to 1024x768, which would make for a...

Harlequin offers books on Nintendo DS in Japan
March 13, 2010 | 11:04 am

46.jpgRomance publisher Harlequin has hit the Nintendo DS in Japan, according to the press release. Thirty-three titles will be offered with five of them being new titles and three of them being titles that were formerly available only on line. The books have been enhanced by offering some interactive features - a "concierge" that allows you to navigate stories by mood or type of heroine, character correlation charts and lists that are updated along with plot developments, narrative annotations including maps for locations, digital bookmarks, story recaps that bring readers up to where they last left off, a choice...

Nintendo DSi XL to get public-domain e-book cartridge
February 24, 2010 | 4:32 pm

dsixl-ebook We’ve reported on Nintendo DS e-book applications several times over the last few years—both homebrew apps such as dslibris and a commercial cartridge containing 100 public domain e-books released in Europe in 2008. The other day, Paul received an email suggesting the new Nintendo DSi XL could be an e-book reader for Europe in lieu of the Kindle. Times Online actually reviewed it in this capacity in January: Secondly, the bigger size makes the DSi XL a serious rival for more expensive eBook readers. I’m not sure about this, but if the console can...

Will the next Nintendo DS be a better e-reader?
April 25, 2008 | 12:35 am

image What will the next iteration of the Nintendo DS be like? The question is timely, for sales of this popular handheld have begun to slow. Furthermore, the DS-Lite (photo) is almost 18 month old, the typical life span of Nintendo's handheld systems. Next generation DS? At this point, the features of a future design are all speculation, but some of the possibilities would certainly help the DS' e-book credentials. The addition of a media slot would let users load books on a compact flash card and larger screens would also be nice. The focus of all of this redesign...

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