After Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader, the latest entry to the electronic book market is surprising in that it isn't actually new – in fact, it's the Nintendo DS.
Boxing Day will see the release of a £20 DS cartridge called 100 Classic Book Collection, which contains – you guessed it – 100 classic books.
Working with publisher HarperCollins and developer Genius Sonority, Nintendo has developed an interface that allows readers to turn the electronic pages by brushing a finger or the stylus from right to left on the touchscreen while holding the DS vertically like a real book.
The titles in the first release include Treasure Island, A Tale of Two Cities and Pride and Prejudice, while more offerings are due to be made available to download.
However, the tools appear to be limited to simple bookmarking and a story search by category or length. Dedicated e-books typically have many more powerful features, such as the ability to make annotations.
The £100 price of the DS is clearly competitive compared to the £199 Sony Reader, but Nintendo will need to offer more than Shakespeare and Jane Austen if it's to make much of an impact.
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