Nintendo 3DS To Get E-Book Service In Japan

By Laura . September 21, 2012 . 8:55am


An e-book service is headed to the Nintendo 3DS, according to a report by Japanese publication, Nikkei. The service will be be launched by Librica, which is a company formed by shadow-developer, TOSE, and publishers Kodansha, Kadokawa Shoten, Shueisha, and Shogakukan.


Other Librica shareholders aside from the aforementioned include Square Enix, Marvelous AQL, Enterbrain, ASCII Media Works and more. Librica was formed in 2008 to bring a manga service to the Wii.


Librica will launch the 3DS e-book service on October 20th, according to Nikkei’s report. The service will be called “Bookstore Anywhere”.  It will be a free download through the Nintendo eShop, and you’ll be able to choose the books through a purchase screen.


When the service kicks off, there will be over 100 manga series to begin with, that are currently being serialized in Japanese manga magazines. 3DS users will also be able to occasionally receive free magazines through the 3DS’ Wi-Fi capabilities.


Nikkei say that Librica will also add light novels and other non-manga magazines to the service at some later point. The Bookstore Anywhere service is scheduled to launch on October 20th in Japan.

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  • s07195

    Wow, reading light novels on an N3DS… wonder if there will be text on both screens…

    • Josh A. Stevens

      I imagine you will have to turn your console on its side (ala brain training) and each screen will represent a page. I can see that being a problem with 2-page spreads in manga though.

      • s07195

        But the top screen is bigger than the bottom screen…

  • ronin4life

    Hope it works with us credit cards like the eshop…

    I have been wanting to buy some manga, but shipping is expensive>.<;;;

    Here's hoping for some really great series!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Light novel on 3DS? SAO and Accel World in 3DDDDD!!!lol

    I really hope for be able to read Kami-Sama no Memochou on my Jpn 3DS here.

    Kino no Tabi, Chrome Shelled Regios, Legend of Legendary Heroes, or even Seitokai no Ichizen will be my main target here.^_^

  • That’s such a clever idea! :D Nooks and e-books are expensive for something that just reads books; it’s neat to see that function come to the 3DS! 

  • puchinri

    Oh la la, that sounds awesome. I wish we could see something like that here. Then again, if I get a JP 3DS, I’d be able to access that, right. . .?

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