Really? Honto Is An E-Book Reader For The 3DS? Really!

By Eugene . December 22, 2013 . 12:30pm

Honto is an e-book reader for the Nintendo 3DS that’s just been released via the Nintendo eShop. It’s also squeezing two puns into a single word, since the word honto in Japanese can mean both “Really?” and “A Book with…”


Anyway, this is a free e-book reader for the Nintendo 3DS, aimed specifically at younger children. We covered it way back in July this year when Dai Nippon Printing, a major printing company by the by, decided to get in on the action of e-books for a targeted audience even deeper than before.


The application will have its own bookstore that’s expected to cater specifically to the many grade-school children who own a DS in Japan. These are expected to include picture books and simple novels with furigana—excellent if you’re still trying to come to terms with the sometimes dizzying craziness that is Japanese kanji.


The reader’s bookstore will differentiate according to age and kanji reading level, and will also be able to adjust the font. You can also flip the DS on its side and read your stories like a real book, using the touch screen to flip a page.


Honto is out now on the Nintendo 3DS eStore in Japan.

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  • NTaiyokun

    I wonder how many understood what the article title was getting at….

    • PreyMantis


      • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ


        • PreyMantis


    • Serge

      Honto= Really?
      Hon= Libro.
      Something like that, right?

      Edit: Well, is explained in the article .-.

  • Smooosher than ever


  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Can… can I really read in 3D now?

    • InfectedAI

      Individual letters are set to different depths and some with pop in 3d and some with pop out and the effect and depth changes every 3 seconds.

  • Mc-kun

    too bad its Japan only. I wouldn’t mind downloading this for some books or/and manga.

    • InfectedAI

      There’s also a manga app in Japan.

  • Albel

    Wait, honto have their own 3ds app now? xD

  • klkAlexar

    I like honto, so this is kinda interesting. Too bad I can’t access the Japanese shop.

  • Muddied_Waters

    I’ll have to check this out once my jp 3ds arrives.

  • I’m buying books from honto for quite some time now and use their app on my ipad as well. Not a bad thing that they released something for the 3ds which is targeted at children. Will have to check out how good their selection is, if you can really find stuff sorted with Kanji reading level, this could be interesting…

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Siliconera great title there lol.^_^

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Where’s Libra and the manganime?

  • The article starts by saying it’s for the 3DS, but then says “to cater specifically to the many grade-school children who own a DS in Japan” and “can also flip the DS on its side.” So is it something you can get on the DS as well? Because I would certainly like that.

  • thaKingRocka

    This is great. I love that it can differentiate for reading/grade levels.

  • komiko12

    I wonder if we can have a PDF reader on the 3DS.

  • $87643304

    Does anyone know how many books are on this? Is the library expanding? I’m really interested, but not sure if it’s worth the price of a 3DS…

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