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Morning Roundup: EMI Retaining Copyright to Christmas Song, DC To Get a Sci-FI Museum and more
December 20, 2013 | 9:00 am

copyrightSanta Claus Is Coming To Town... And EMI Is Keeping The Copyright (Techdirt) Go ahead and sing whatever Christmas songs you like this seasons, but remember that thanks to the recording industry and Congress, you better not pout, you better just pay up your royalties in perpetuity, because the public domain is never coming to this town if they can help it. *** Museum of Science Fiction to Open in Washington DC (GalleyCat) A team of science fiction fanatics plan to establish a comprehensive science-fiction museum in Washington D.C. *** Nintendo 3DS Bookstore Now Live (The Digital Reader) Nintendo has been promising to launch an ebookstore for...

New children’s e-book program Nintendo’s first official foray into e-books, but far from first for the Game Boy
July 4, 2013 | 4:47 am

Happy Fourth, to those of our readership who observe it! Rocketnews has a comprehensive English-language report on some new Nintendo-related e-book news. Nintendo is launching an e-book program for its 3DS handhelds aimed at grade-school kids, with 300 Japanese children’s books available. Whereas Nintendo used to be the undisputed king of console and mobile gaming, and still does well in Japan, its numbers have been declining abroad as more and more kids turn to smartphones and tablets and the gaming possibilities they represent. Hence, it’s starting to explore new markets. On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder mentions...

We Goofed! Nintendo story accidentally appeared as ours
May 15, 2013 | 11:38 am

We Goofed!Yesterday evening, we posted as our final story of the day a fascinating article about a new Nintendo video game titled Tomodachi Collection: New Life, which has been described as not unlike a Japanese version of The Sims. The crux of the article was that Nintendo had unintentionally made it possible for the male characters in the game to have homosexual relationships. According to the article we posted, for example, "gamers playing Nintendo's Tomodachi Collection: New Life noticed that this latest iteration of the game ... had the option for the first time to have their male characters marry other male characters and raise children together." Nintendo, however,...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 22, 2012 | 8:43 am

Amazon, Target Winning Black Friday Wars, Report Says (Los Angeles Times) Kobo Arc vs Kindle Fire {and} Kobo Arc vs Nook HD (Good E-Reader) Buyer Beware: Nintendo Nukes $400 Worth of Downloaded Content in DRM Migration Fail (BoingBoing) Open Access: Why Academic Publishers Still Add Value (The Guardian) Kindle Daily Deal: Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank {and} four Thanksgiving-themed children's books * * *  ...

Nintendo starting an ebook store?
January 6, 2012 | 9:01 am

Images  2 That's the speculation according to an article in Yahoo News. Quoting an unnamed software developer who has been working with Nintendo, Forgetthebox.net was told of a complete eBook download service, featuring not only books, but comics, magazines and newspapers too. One of the Wii U’s unique features is its 6.2-inch touchscreen controller, and it’s here that the eBooks would be read, using the standard page turning swipes to browse through them. Nintendo will also make the publications available on the 3DS handheld console, emulating Apple, Amazon and Google’s approach to adding benefits to those who show brand loyalty. More in the article.  Thanks to Michael...

Game industry conference suggests possibilities for books’ future
August 23, 2010 | 2:40 pm

gamescom-logo In some of my previous posts, I have looked at the computer game industry (especially Valve, with its “Steam” digital distribution service and focus on customer service that can even turn pirates into paying customers) with an eye to the examples it sets for the e-book and publishing trades. It turns out I’m not the only one who thinks like that. Paul Rhodes has posted on the Bookseller’s “FuturEBook” blog about the uses of new tablet and smartphone technology that he saw at the European “GamesCom” video game industry trade and consumer show. Rhodes notes that, perhaps surprisingly,...

Handheld game console manufacturers considering adding 3G, Japanese carrier says
July 7, 2010 | 7:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports that Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has said it is in talks with video game console manufacturers about adding 3G connectivity to future generations of handheld consoles. Though NTT DoCoMo declined to identify which companies it was talking to, there are really not that many possibilities. The handheld console market is effectively split between Nintendo’s Gameboy DS (and soon, 3DS) and Sony’s PlayStation Portable. Neither of these companies would comment, either, however. Both the DS and PSP use WiFi, and Nintendo has said its 3DS will include advanced connectivity features. Nintendo’s...

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 TheBookseller.com 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...