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Sure, there’s no official eBook software available for the Nintendo DS, but you do have a few options if you need a break from Mario Kart. The DS does have WiFi and can browse the web for reading content. What about offline content? It won’t work […]

ComicbookdsSure, there’s no official eBook software available for the Nintendo DS, but you do have a few options if you need a break from Mario Kart. The DS does have WiFi and can browse the web for reading content. What about offline content? It won’t work for any material with DRM protection, but you can try ReadMore, an alpha (as in pre-beta, so be cautious) application that displays .txt files on your handheld gaming system. You can hold the DS sideways with ReadMore, making it similar to a traditional book experience: book pages are shown on both the left and right screen in this orientation.

More into graphic novels and comic books? Check out Comic Books DS, a project over at Moon Books that looks pretty slick and takes advantage of the nice color screens on the DS. The typical downside applies here: you’ll struggle to find comic book content for the reader. There is a nice app that will convert scanned comic book images into the right format, but scanning comic books could be a painful chore.

(via TeleRead)

  1. There’s also DS Libris – which does a bit of a better job for ebooks if you ask me… And it’s free.

    The DS ~$150 or so. Tack on another $50 for a kit that will let you run homebrew and files from a mini/micro SD card and there you have it.

    5-15 hours of battery life, cool form factor – and has a few other neat tricks past that of regular ebook readers. That being said, there’s something considerably more awesome about eink than there is the screens of the DS.

    There’s also a few rumors floating around that the DS will undergo a refresh/redesign at E3 – while this seems at odds with good sales figures, it was reported by Famico in japan, who are generally pretty tight with Nintendo and relatively reputable.

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  2. I second on DSlibris being better than ReadMore. Also there is DSReader which can’t be held vertically like a book, but has a really nice interface and it is actually easier to read the horizontal way imho, but not as much fun :)

    I’m a fan of the Colors program for pressure sensitive painting that works pretty decently.
    check out this amazing Rembrandt copy http://jasrdunn.blogspot.com/2008/05/rembrandt-on-nintendo-ds.html

    Then there’s the novelty of the virtual ipod with functioning touch scroll wheel which is fun… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyiV6SYv3FE

    DSOrganize with a great free web browser, notes, calendar, schedule, file browser and so much more.

    Those are my picks for DS apps, not to mention the games. But who wants to play games on a gaming handheld anyway?

    ~$30 DS broken hinge as is on ebay incl shipping
    ~$21 replacement case and triwing screwdriver (and multiple hours of tiny tiny work to thread a lcd cable through a hinge and not lose all the l and r springs…but perfect working ds in the end) from dealextreme free shipping
    ~$35 DSTT card reader with 2gb kingston micro sd card from dealextreme free shipping

    TOTAL: ~$90 for homebrew capable ds if you’re a cheap ass like myself :)

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