Free E-book Reader Headed To Nintendo 3DS In Japan

By Sato . July 6, 2013 . 3:00pm

Dai Nippon Printing, a major Japanese printing company, revealed during the Tokyo International Book Fair (which is currently taking place) that they and Nintendo will be introducing a new e-book reader geared for children this Fall for the Nintendo 3DS.


According to the printing company, they have realized that Nintendo 3DS users consist of many grade-school children, making it a perfect device to introduce simple-to-read ebooks for their young audience.


In recent years, they’ve been heavily emphasizing on their e-book business, and are expecting to expand their market with Nintendo, who they are confident will guide them in the right direction with the Nintendo 3DS.


The downloadable software, known as honto, will be available for free sometime this Fall. It will feature a colorful design for the shop page, and a simple navigational system. The software is expected to sell novels for children, picture books, and various study material, which will also be categorized according to the reader’s age and kanji reading level. All the ebooks from honto will have font size adjusting options and will fully utilize both screens on the Nintendo 3DS, which can be read horizontally, like an actual book.


Dai Nippon Printing’s product appeal for this upcoming 3DS software is that they will be providing services using devices that many already own, in the 3DS and 3DS XL, so that parents can rest assured and won’t need to worry about not owning tablets or smart phones.


The price of the ebooks will be much cheaper than their actual printed counterparts, too, and will range between 700 to 2,000 yen.


Honto is expcted to be released this Fall for Nintendo 3DS.


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  • Crevox

    It’s a book… BUT IN 3D!!

    • Ferofax

      Vertical kinda ruins that, so no.

      But books work very well on the 3DS, as we have seen for the DS with that 100 Book Collection (or something). Reminds me of Microsoft’s LIT Reader, very well polished.

  • The 3ds and vita should support a pdf reader. And amazon kindle books.

  • British_Otaku

    Books cheaper than the physical counterpart… Why can’t the Doko demo Honya-San app on the 3DS do that… >_> The manga there is fully priced at least.

    • ronin4life

      I’m more amazed that a 700yen price would be considered MUCH cheaper…

      …Except I’m not… Childrens books here in the USA are also hideously over priced…

      • British_Otaku

        Children’s books are terribly overpriced in the UK as well, I’m just going to take this article’s word for it that 700 yen is cheap is like the Humble Bundle Steam sale over there… >_>

  • ronin4life

    Why can’t the Manga reader be used side ways too?
    I may have actually bought some books if I could be 100% sure I could see the small print on my non xl 3ds… and the zoom function doesn’t help…

  • TWE

    Man, one more reason to get an XL.

    This kind of app should have been a no-brainer for handhelds. It’s good an actual printing company is backing it.

  • デ オオカミ

    For people studying Japanese, this could prove quite handy.

  • Kaihaku

    This is great. I hope that we see something like this in North America and not just for children.

  • almostautumn

    This could make for a really terrific learning tool for learning Japanese. Biggest thing that has helped me has been going up to a Japanese bookstore in Manhattan and buying children’s books with furigana.
    Still though— region-lock makes me step back from importing a 3DS. Too much good local stuff too.

  • thaKingRocka

    I love it. This just puts a smile on my face. :)

  • I want this in english

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