Of all of the things the 3DS can do, it doesn’t actually let you read e-books out of the box. I’m sure there’s homebrew software out there that lets you do such a thing but officially.. nothing. That is until now – sort of.
Japanese printing company Dai Nippon Printing are focusing on building software in order to bring their books to those that use the 3DS the most – children. The software will be available on the 3DS for free, but as you might expect their books aren’t, instead they’re reduced considerably compared to their printed counterparts – as you’d expect with most digital material.
No release date has been set for the software other than a “Fall” release in Japan only.
There’s probably not going to be a western release but this does show that book publishers could make a killing on the Nintendo eShop with e-reader software. I mean, compared to traditional e-readers like the Kindle this is probably the only bit of kit which resembles a book and it’s damn sight more comfortable to hold for long periods of time than an iPad..