If there was ever any doubt that eBooks are finally making it big, you can pretty much throw them out the window. A video game platform will now accept eBooks. I can only imagine the rush to chuck the Pokemon games out the window and grab for the latest Ishiguro.
The creator of Donkey Kong and Super Mario is hoping that Austen and Dickens will prove as great a pull to computer game fanatics. It has worked with HarperCollins to select 100 titles – from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Gulliver’s Travels, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities and Treasure Island – which will be available in a single software package for the Nintendo DS costing around £20.
The device, said Nintendo, can be held horizontally, “just like a book”, with pages turned using a stylus. Additional features include an electronic bookmark, adjustable text sizes, and a “story synopsis mode” which details the story and themes of each title “without giving away any of twists and turns of the plot”.
Perhaps aware that it’s catering to an audience with a short attention span, Nintendo is also offering the option, for those “stuck for somewhere to start”, of telling the software your mood, upon which it will present you with a range of options. Bleak House, for example, would be a bad option for those pushed for time, while King Lear might not suit those in need of a pick-me-up.