Japanese video game company Nintendo, has announced a deal with publisher HarperCollins to make classic books available to read on the Nintendo DS. This 100 Classic Book Collection initially will only be available in Britain for £20. Turning pages is made easy as brushing your finger across the screen.
Depending on the success of this service, Nintendo will expand upon the available choices for readers. This service will enter competition with reader devices such as the Sony Reader released in September, which holds about 160 book titles. If this service expands to other countries, it is going to be hard to compete with Amazon’s Kindle, which even offers subscriptions to newspapers.
There are already 2 million DS devices already sold in the Britain region making it easier to distribute the product. “We hope to encourage people to try books that they wouldn’t go out and purchase themselves,” said Nintendo executive, James Honeywell. The 100 Classic Book Collection is being released in an effort to broaden the audience for Nintendo’s products. This service is set to be released on December 26th.