Squint at a classic book on your Nintendo DS


When you’re not crossing animals or looking after your Nintendog, you might like to brush up on a spot of classic literature with the 100 Classic Books software.

The application does exactly what it says on the box – lets you read a load of classic books on the pocket console.

While the DS’s screen is no match for the likes of the Sony Reader, BeBook, or Amazon Kindle, it might be worth getting if you want to enjoy a sneaky Dickens, Shakespeare or Melville on the Tube…

BeBook eBook rEader- now available in the UK


A new eBook reader has entered the UK market – the BeBook. Despite not being affiliated with the social networking site of the same name, it seems decent enough. There’s 512MB of flash memory (which should hold 1000 books or so) along with an SD card slot, a 6″ e-ink display, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a battery life of ‘7,000 page turns’.

The device will display pdf, mobi, lit, epub, html, doc, fb2, txt, ppt, prc, rtf, jpg, and mp3 files. It probably doesn’t need saying, but playing MP3s will eat up your battery life a lot quicker than just reading books and looking at documents.

If you want one, then they’re available direct from the distributor, Widget, for £230. Your BeBook will come with 150 eBooks pre-installed, and you can buy or download more from various places across the net.

BeBook (via SW)

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Bookeen CyBook Gen3 – latest epaper reading device


The Bookeen CyBook Gen3 is being described as the thinnet and lightest epaper reading device around. It’s able to store 1000 books, which seems more than enough, but for any exceptionally well-read users, the simple addition of a 2GB memory card allows you to store 10,000, meaning you have a mini-library in your back pocket.

It is able to display PRC, txt, HTML and PDF book formats, and since it copes with JPG, GIF, PNG and MP3 formats as well, it can accurately be described as a rather lightweight multimedia device.

eBook Reader from Sony launches for pre-order today


Smaller than a hardback but with more than 160 times the words, the Sony Reader handheld eBook is here.

Weighing in at 260g, the Reader stores and displays PDF, RTF, TXT, JPEGs and MS Word in e-ink with enough battery power for around 6,800 page turns in one charge, which is apparently enough to read War and Peace five times over. Once will do me fine, thanks.
You can order pre-order it today…

Sony's new PRS-505 Reader Digital Book will give you weeks of Mills & Boons reading on the train

sony-e-book.jpgManga and other books may be coming to the iPhone via downloadable services from network providers, but for those who don’t plan on forking out over £1,000 for one of Jobs’s little gizmos, Sony may just have the answer you’re looking for.

Sony first launched their Reader Digital Book a year ago this month, and are following it up with a second-gen version, the PRS-505, which will be on sale later this month. Costing $300 from Borders stores and Sony’s website, it will be available in silver and dark blue, able to store up to 160…