Nintendo to compete with Amazon Kindle

December 11th, 2008 - 3:51 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Nintendo Company Ltd and a large book publisher HarperCollins have together announced their new project to turn portable games into a reader.

As Amazon Kindle has disappointed gadget fans during holiday season by being sold out and not releasing a new version, this leaves the chance to its rivals to enter e-reader market.

The most influential software and VDO games company in Japan ‘Nintendo’ along with HarperCollins has recently announced to make many “literary classics” available as e-books on the DS portable gaming system.

The book reader is called 100 Classic Book Collection where 100 literary classics from authors such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters are included in the reader.

For the 100 Classic Book Collection, software will take advantage of the Nintendo DS’s touchscreen, allowing users to flip a page by swiping their finger (or the stylus) across the screen. Its priced at £20 ($30) and it will start launching in Britain on December 26 and if the cartridge is successful, Nintendo may expand the number of titles available.

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