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    100 Classic Books DS e-reader out June 2010

    by Jenni Lada on Feb 24, 2010 at 07:28 PM

    Nintendo’s early 2010 lineup contains 100 Classic Books, an interesting application that turns your DS into an e-reader with 100 books for only $19.99. It could be a boon for students, or people who just enjoy classic literature, when it debuts on June 14, 2010. Finally!

    See, 100 Classic Books has already been released pretty much everywhere. It was released in Japan as DS Bungaku Zenshuu way back on October 18, 2007. Europeans saw it on December 26, 2008 as 100 Classic Book Collection. Even Australia already has the program, it was released there as 100 Classic Book Collection as well on January 22, 2009. Kind of makes you wonder what took Nintendo so long in releasing it in North America!

    Nintendo hasn’t announced what books will be included in the collection. The press release mentions books and plays from Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and Jules Verne, and Destructoid states that Dracula by Bram Stoker was mentioned at the Nintendo press conference when the program was announced. Team Teabag’s review of the European 100 Classic Book Collection offers a list of the 100 books that were in that version of the game, and could provide a hint as to what we’ll be seeing in the North American release. The image at the right is actually from the European version, 100 Classic Book Collection, and I’m guessing 100 Classic Books will look about the same.

    The program has users holding the DS like a book, and turning pages, adjusting fonts, getting more information on the book or author and searching the in-game bookshelf by tapping and sorting through menus on the touch screen. The program also offers Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support, allowing users to download more free books as long as there’s enough space on the cartridge to do so.

    I’m just wondering why this couldn’t have come out when I was still in college! I had to take a class on Shakespeare’s comedies and romances, and pay over $75 for this massive hardcover book that had all the plays I needed. If 100 Classic Books is anything like 100 Classic Book Collection, I could have saved myself a lot of money because it has all the plays I had to read in it!

    Read [Gamertell] Also Read [Destructoid] Also Read [WiiNintendo] Also Read [Team Teabag’s]

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