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From a Surprised E-Book Fan - use your DSiXL

  • Aug 19, 2010
I love my kindle, so I'm not one of those readers who insist on a "real book." However, I was uncertain what I think of this application for the DS. I have the new DSiXL, and I don't think that I'd want it on the standard, but with the bigger screen it works okay.

It tells you how far you've gotten in the book, which is nice (page 150 out of 450 or whatever). There are also several "bookmarks" you can use to mark your place or to mark things you might want to go back to.

One thing that I do like about it, as opposed to the Kindle, is the backlit screen, which makes it nice for nighttime reading if my husband is sleeping.

There's also a fun quiz you can take and the "owl" will suggest a book for you to read, based on the preferences you give it about genre, length, and time period.

My 11-year-old daughter really enjoyed using it to read Alice in Wonderland. There are a few kid-friendly titles, including some fairy tales, but most are for teens to adults. I think that a high school student or college student could use this for required reading.

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September 01, 2010
This is so cool! I never knew something like this existed for the DS. I don't have the newer version of the handheld console, so I'm not sure the game would work as well for me. Oh well. Neat idea! I'm adding this topic over to Cafe Libri. What a unique and different way to encourage reading! Absolutely love it!
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100 Classic Books is the unique release from Nintendo that transforms the Nintendo DS family of handheld video game system into a library of timeless English literature. Compatible with DS, DS Lite and DSi models it is filled with 100 classic works from English literature, highlighted by works from authors such as William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Jane Austen, Mark Twain and more. Additional features include the ability to adjust the size of text, place virtual bookmarks and even download new content via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet connection required).

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A black DS flipped sideways to read books featured on 100 Classic Books
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DS/DSi is Now an E-Reader
A hundred classic tales of adventure, mystery, romance, and suspense, all in the palm of your hand. The system that already plays your favorite games now holds your favorite books. Featuring the works of the world's best-known authors, 100 Classic Books turns your portable game system into a portable library. It's as easy as reading a book. Just flip your Nintendo DS on its side, and your two screens become two pages. A simple swipe of the stylus flips the page. 100 Classic Books features two font sizes for ideal reading. Not sure what to read? Find a favorite with the visual bookshelf, or ask the book guide for a recommendation. By answering a few quick questions, you'll find the perfect selection of books—and maybe discover a hidden gem.

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Publisher: Nintendo, HarperCollins
Developer: Genius Sonority
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Edutainment
Release Date: June 15, 2010
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