Reading books on your DS


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dirigiblebill
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Does anyone actually do it? I'm quite intrigued by this - Amazon killed the CSS Star!
#1 at 12:35:05 - 03/02/2009
billdoor
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Whats the screen res like? I read stuff on a 320x320 mono PDA screen and I wouldn't like to go much lower than that (320x240 at a push).
#2 at 12:47:41 - 03/02/2009
eviltobz
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i think that you can get homebrew ebook readers for the r4, so you'd be better off getting one of them and saving a fortune. especially when you bear in mind the fact that that cartridge is full of old books with expired copyright that you can legally download for free.

as for how good the device is for it, i aint tried to comment.
#3 at 12:48:33 - 03/02/2009
Tiger_Walts
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I've used my DS with homebrew text readers so I can have FAQs for some games next to me on the sofa.

There are some readers that have a lot of functionality supporting mainly...

- Bookmarking
- Custom Fonts
- Font size
- Anti Aliasing
- Normal and book orientation

#4 at 13:00:56 - 03/02/2009
NewYork
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I've used my DS when I need to take revision material with me on the train, or something. I also sometimes saved bus route information to it, so I don't get lost, and stuff like that :)

For extended reading it's not so much fun.
#5 at 13:40:47 - 03/02/2009
peej
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I use my freebie e-reader on the PSP. It's actually a nice machine to read e-books on.

I like the idea of 100 books in one collection though.
#6 at 13:44:10 - 03/02/2009
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Yeah, the PSP is quite good for that kinda thing - I've read entire novels on it :)


The DS replaced that and now the iPod Touch has replaced that. :O
#7 at 13:48:40 - 03/02/2009
peej
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I would probably go with the iPod touch for this stuff eventually too. That screen is just luscious.
#8 at 13:51:17 - 03/02/2009
Rhythm
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I use my N800 for e-reading. It fits perfectly into one hand and the buttons for page-turning are mapped so they sit under your thumb. The screen's *loads* nicer than the iPod Touch too - much higher res
#9 at 20:27:18 - 03/02/2009
NewYork
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One problem I noticed with the iPod Touch is that it's very hard to read when lying on your side.

The screen auto-rotates to whichever way you don't want it :D
#10 at 20:38:50 - 03/02/2009
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As the above is a retail product I would imagine it's pretty well designed and made - or at least I'd hope it is.

I'd also be intrigued by it a bit more if wasn't solely full of 'classics'.

Not really my cup of cha.
#11 at 21:53:05 - 03/02/2009
Rhythm
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HairyArse said:As the above is a retail product I would imagine it's pretty well designed and made - or at least I'd hope it is.

I'd also be intrigued by it a bit more if wasn't solely full of 'classics'.

Not really my cup of cha.


I gather the reader itself is OK but nothing special.

All the books are public domain though, so they're basically charging 25+ for a piece of ereader software on a cartridge.

Considering a TTDS with a 1GB microSD card and a host of software (including ereaders and media players) can be had for 9 delivered it's a bit fucking cheeky
#12 at 23:08:13 - 03/02/2009
ilmaestro
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Actually, as with so many things, they're just charging a huge premium for convenience; something that people have always been happy to pay a lot for.
#13 at 00:10:27 - 04/02/2009
eviltobz
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NewYork said:One problem I noticed with the iPod Touch is that it's very hard to read when lying on your side.

The screen auto-rotates to whichever way you don't want it :D

depends on the reader. some will let you lock specific orientations.
#14 at 11:54:08 - 04/02/2009

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