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There were rumours of Nintendo turning the DS Lite into an eBook reader doing the rounds earlier this year, but they’ve just come true. Nintendo’s confirmed its bookwork-friendly title will come packing 100 classic novels, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity to download more.

Due for release on Boxing Day, 100 Classic Book Collection will pack titles from Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare amongst others, as well as the ability to download ten more books using the DS Lite’s Wi-Fi connection.

As you’d expect, the title works by holding the DS Lite like a book, and using the stylus to flip pages, but also allows text sized to be changed, bookmarks to be placed, and there’s even a search function.

Check out the screenshots below. But let us know in the comments section below, will you really read a whole book on the DS Lite’s teensy screens?

Out December 26 | £18 | Nintendo (On sale at Amazon)

  • Dan S.

    No way in hell will I be reading on the DS. I’d rather dish out the money for the actualy copy. But this is pretty neat, I like the search function inclusion.

  • Nadia

    Of course i do, i have already read many books in my ds with one of those “poor” homebrews that’s really, is not so bad at all. I almost do not read paper books anymore :D .

  • dewisri

    I love the Japanese version of this software, so I’ll probably pick this one up as well. I think the DS makes a great reader.

  • Russ

    I’ve had the Japanese version for a year now (the bookmark in the photo of the English version is exactly the same, BTW — definitely Japanese) and I found it very easy to read books on the DS. If reading multi-stroke Japanese characters on a small screen presents no problem, then English text will be even easier. Sometimes it’s easier than a real book, like at night when the lights are down. I also read classic English books on the DS with homebrew programs, but the official program (at least the Japanese one) has an edge with its natural book-like interface (even has the sound of pages turning and BGM). I will definitely buy the English version even though I probably have all those books — from Project Gutenberg — now on my DS. Can’t wait for it to come out!

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