I have only recently bought this second hand for £4. It is available on amazon very cheap used and from about £6 new.
I was running out of ideas of what to read and decided I would look up a few top books lists. I then saw this and noticed that many of the titles were on it and just had to get it.
My favourite thing about this is the fact that it is value for money as you don't have to go out any buy the books. There are 100 on it. Also you do not have to carry a book/books around with you, just the cartridge in your nintendo ds which is smaller and as light as a very small book. It would therefore be a good buy if you like to read whilst commuting or on holidays, I've been reading it on the bus, train, plane..... it comes everywhere with me.
What I also like about this is that there is a book on it for all ages, I have provided a list of the 100 books at the end of the review and you can see from this there is everything from Alice in Wonderland to Shakespeare.
I still haven't even made a dent in this list of books but I'm not going to run out of something to read any time soon. It will keep you going a long time as each book varies in length and difficulty.
How to navigate.....
If you can't decide which books to read there is a Quiz button where you answer a couple of questions and a few books are suggested for you to choose from.
You can rate the books you have read and view or upload your rankings.
The settings include which whether which way round you want the book displayed on your screen and you can change the font size. There is also the option to have a choice of classical or beach music in the background as you read but I choose no music.
You can either use the stylus or buttons on your ds to change the page, I personally prefer the buttons as I'm constantly dropping or losing my stylus. For each book you can read a bit about the book or about the author. Once you have started reading you can place a bookmark to pick up reading later on.The only negative for me is there too many Shakespeare for me and I struggle with Charles Dickens but they are classic books so that is why there are so many on here.
I really hope there are more of these released it'd be great to see a childrens stories one for the ds as it seems these games consoles are taking over books as entertainment these days.
I would recommend this to any book lovers it's good value and very easy to use. Below is a list of books, if you're not interested in the product feel free to skip this and thanks for reading xx
These are in alphabetical order by author:
Louisa May Alcott
* Little WomenJane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Harriet Beecher Stowe
* Uncle Tom's CabinR.D. Blackmore
* Lorna Doone
* The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
* Wuthering Heights
* The Pilgrim's Progress
F. Hodgson Burnett
Little Lord Fauntleroy
The Secret Garden
Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland
Through The Looking Glass
The Woman in White
* The Adventure's of PinocchioA.C. Doyle
The Adventure's of Sherlock Holmes
The Casebook of Shelock Holmes
* Lord JimSusan Coolidge
* What Katy Did
James Fenimore Cooper
*The Last of The Mohicans
* Robinson CrusoeCharles Dickens
A Christmas Carol
Dombey and Son
The Old Curiosity Shop
The Pickwick Papers
A Tale of Two Cities
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Three Musketeers
The Mill on The Floss
Henry Rider Haggard
* King Solomon's MinesThomas Hardy
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Tess of The D'ubervilles
Under the Greenwood Tree
* The Scarlet LetterVictor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre-dame
* The Sketch BookCharles Kingsley
* Westward Ho
* Sons and Lovers
* The Phantom of The OperaJack London
The Call of The Wild
* Moby DickEdgar Allan Poe
* Tales of Mystery and ImaginationSir Walter Scott
* Black BeautyWilliam Shakespeare
All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy Of Errors
King Henry The Fifth
King Richard The Third
Love's Labour's Lost
The Merchant Of Venice
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello, The Moor Of Venice
Romeo And Juliet
The Taming of The Shrew
Timon of Athens
The Winter's Tale
Robert Louis Stevenson
* Gulliver's Travels
William Makepeace Thackeray
* Vanity Fair
* Barchester TowersMark Twain
The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventure's of Tom Sawyer
Round The World in Eighty Days
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Picture Of Dorian Gray
100 Classic Book Collection was released by Nintendo for the DS in late 2008, this isn't really a game, just a collection of 100 classic books ranging from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin to The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild.
There is a range of different books that have been written and published by a large number of authors including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, Jack London, Lewis Carol and many more.
To read the books on this so called game cartilage you simply hold your ds up like a book and the text simply appears on the screen so you can read it, you can choose a range of different font sizes if you find reading small font difficult and also you can listen to music in the background while you read your books.
You can search for books by title, author or genre which is handy as it would take a while searching through all 100 books to get the one you wanted. Also while you are reading a book you can save your page so you can return to it at a later date.
Here is a little list of some of the books on this cartilage:
Little Women : Louisa May Alcott
Persuasion: Jane Austen
Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll
A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens
Middlemarch: George Eliot
The Scarlet Letter: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rob Roy: Sir Walter Scott
Hamlet :William Shakespeare
Treasure Island: Robert Louis Stevenson
Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain
Around the World in Eighty Days: Jules Verne
Just to name a few, as you can see there is a great range of fantastic books within this cartilage, I haven't read all the books on this yet, though I found this great to take on holidays with me as it was compact and there was lots of choice and more than enough reading to get through on the plane.
I bought this game on Amazon for £10 which was a fantastic price for all the reading I have got out of it soo far. I have yet to see this game in the shops, however I am sure it is available for just a bit over this price.
Overall I think that this is a great way to carry around some reading, there is a great range of stories and they are easily read on the Ds, its really easy to focus on the books on the ds and it isnt that hard to read them as I had initially worried staring at a computer screen would tire my eyes. The range of different books on this game is fantastic and I think that this is a must have for any book lover who likes to read, and especially handy for bus journeys or to bring on holidays.
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Perfect for book lovers, the '100 Classic Book Collection' contains a great range of classics to get stuck right into. Simple to use, and with downloadable content for extra reads, this cartridge promises great things for users of the DS.
What's on offer
When you reach the main menu of this cartridge, you are offered four options:
(1) Start reading - This option will take you to the 100 books, listed alphabetically by author. Here, you will find literature by the likes of Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare etc. but to name a few. A full list is available by clicking the link below if you're interested to see what is included altogether:
Starting your book is simple enough - simply click the book you wish to read with the stylus and you will then be asked whether you wish to read the book, read about the book or read about the author. The last two options are particularly useful if you have never heard of the book before, and have no idea what it's about. However, this information can be interesting also for those wishing to know a bit more about the author before reading.
(2) Book Guide - I really like this option. If you're overwhelmed by the choice on offer and are not sure what to read, you can decide to either take a quiz on your personality to see which book you might enjoy, or you can look through the rankings of genres such as 'Romantic', 'Scary', 'Bizarre' etc. Alternatively, you can simply see which books are rated highest overall. To use the rankings option, you will require using the WiFi capabilities so that the information can be downloaded from wherever it is it comes from.
(3) DS Wireless - With the local wireless, you can send a trial book to another DS close to you, send a book, or receive a book. Sending or receiving a book is only useful if you have downloaded a book, or if your friend has downloaded a book off the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection - it just means they or you do not have to access the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection yourself.
By accessing the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, you are able to download extra books (for free). Also, you can update the rankings that I mentioned in the Book Guide Section.
(4) Settings - Within the settings feature, you can adjust things such as the BGM, or background music. Sounds on offer are things such as 'Living Room' (which is essentially the noise of a fire), 'Beach', 'Cafe' etc. I choose not to have BGM as it annoys me, but other people might like it.
You can choose between having the small or big font, although I find the small font is big enough for me anyway. You can also choose whether to display total pages or not i.e. if your book has 1500 pages and you are on page 751 it will display '751/1500'. Disabling this option will simply number the pages as you would find them in a normal book. However, I like to have the total pages displayed to know how far I am through the book.
There is also the option to change button settings and DS orientation if you so wish.
Ease of use
If you're in the middle of a book, when you start the DS up, and load the cartridge up, you are asked whether you wish to continue from the last page you were on in your book. This can be handy for bypassing the menu options if you just want to get straight into the book.
I like the way you hold the DS essentially like you would a book - it's comfortable if you use both hands to hold the DS, though the bottom half of the DS is more weighty than the top half, and so I wouldn't recommend holding it with one hand. Turning the pages is simple enough - either drag the stylus across the right 'page' in a leftward movement, or use the directional buttons to go forward/back.
Something I was initially confused about was how to get back to the main menu, as pressing the B button doesn't do anything here. However, some clicking around the screen revealed that if you click the top of the screen, you are offered the options of closing the book, using a bookmark (or four - handy if more people than just yourself are reading the book), or skipping to a particular chapter. You can also navigate your way quickly through the book to a certain page by clicking the bottom of the screen.
You can get it off Amazon for just under £16, although Blockbuster are selling it used for just under £8. At 8p/book, it works out as excellent value.
The '100 Classic Book Collection' is, in my opinion, really easy to use and it does offer quite a selection of books. Something I was disappointed with was the amount of Shakespeare on offer, as I personally would have liked to have seen more novels rather than plays. And there really is a LOT of Shakespeare (22/100 books), so if you're a lover of reading his works, you're in for a treat. I really like that there is a great amount of books available to me on one cartridge, but I definitely still prefer real books over reading them off an electronic device. I have never used a Kindle, nor can I see me investing in one. If anything, this cartridge taught me that I love the feel of having a book in my hands and that I miss that 'book smell' that comes with a real book. I also found that I don't really like reading a book off two small screens - I don't know what it is about it, but I really do prefer reading off a nicely sized page. It's really down to what the individual prefers at the end of the day. If you don't mind reading off an electronic device and love classic literature, this is probably perfect for you. As for me, I think I'll just stick to old-fashioned books.
I am a book worm through and through and not a day goes by without me picking up a book. Before I got this game I had mainly read modern literature, one of my only experiences with classic fiction being forced to study Shakespeare at school! But I figured that classics by Dickens and Bronte wouldn't be so popular or well known if they weren't very well written stories so I decided to give it a go.
This game isn't a game as such, rather it is 100 classic stories on a little nintendo DS game cartridge. The works included are classics by famous authors such as Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy and the "game" itself is very easy to navigate. You turn your DS on its side and read that way, scrolling from page to page with a simple tap on the screen with your stylus. One of the nifty things about Classic Book Collection is the fact that you can alter the size of the text, this is great as you don't have to squint at the screen or strain your eyes. Another feature is that you can have bookmarks, this enables you to pick up exactly where you left off in the novel and means that you don't have to struggle to remember what page you were on!
You are able to search for books in different ways instead of having to scroll through them all and you can pick what novel you want to read by genre so you are able to find the novel you want quickly. There is also a quiz type thing where you answer questions and at the end there is a list of works that are the most suited to your taste.
The books included in this game are in their original versions and haven't been altered. I also think that the fact that you can download additional books over the Nintendo Wi-Fi is fab. This game has been out a while so expect to find it cheaply, around £15.00 which is a great price for 100 novels. Imagine if you were to buy each novel individually, that would cost a fortune!
So far I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, I will continue to read the other classics as I was surprised at just how good that story was. I recommend this DS game highly, especially if you love to read. It's fantastic that you can easily carry 100 novels around on your DS instead of popping a book in your bag, good for train journeys or just when you have a spare half hour.
I am desperate to buy a Kindle but as I have a DS and LOVE books (probably a bit too much frankly) I thought it would be best to put my resolve to the test and see if I could actually enjoy reading without actually having a 'real' book in my hands.
The answer is a resounding yes. I love this game so much and have read more of the books on it than I ever thought I would. It has neat little tricks like multiple bookmarks so you can mark different pages and the ability to open multiple books and switch back and forth. As someone who usually has two books on the go at once this is a much required ability!
I could go on and on about its good points but most of the relate to how much like a real book it feels when reading (which for me was a real suprise as I thought it would constantly play on my mind) but have decided that it is probably better that I give you its not so awesome points just so that it is a bit more balanced.
I have two small criticisms of this particular game:
1. The wireless needed to download other books does not work on older DS's which were not made with a way to pick up wireless (as someone who has one of these whenI first bought the game I was very dissapointed) and currently there are only a few books available.
2. Some of the 'books' included in this are actually Shakespeares plays. Now I may seem pedantic about this but I dont want to read scripts. I bought this for 100 classic books and adding plays in just feels lazy on the part of the makers.
However back to the good points, if you have a DS and love reading this is worth every penny (which is pretty substantial as they are holding value even once they are used). The books on it are well selected and from a wide range of genres. Being abe to read 'Pride and Prejudice' alongside 'The Moostone' is pretty unusual.
I wouldnt recommend getting a DS just for this particularly when you can buy a Wireless Kindle for £160 (and most of the titles on the game are available to download free on the Kindle) which will currently only get you the new DSI XL and not the game which will set you back around another £15.
Id wanted this Nintendo game for quite a while before I got it. Most people class me as a book worm which is true I guess, but the idea of 100 classic books on one game really appealed to me. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed at first because my favourites like 'Five Children and It' and 'The Little Princess' were not on the game. But as I spent more and more time on the game, I began to realise that I had judged it way too soon and that it was more interesting that I had expected.
There were several things that I found really good about having 100 books on a game. One was the price. I got the game off of Amazon for £15.99. I never really spend a lot of money on myself, and so to me that was quite a lot to spend at once. I made the right choice though because I would have spent so much more buying the books than I did on the game, and also the game takes up so much less room than books!
Another thing I found really good about the game is that there is such a large variety of different books on the game. It ranges between books by Dickens to Shakespeare to the Bronte sisters and so much more. There really is something for everyone. You can also put different filters on the game so that you only have children's classics or adventure books, or romance on the bookshelf and much more. There really is so much that you can do with the game.
It is so easy to navigate around the game. When you load the game up, you either have the option of using a filter, taking a quiz to see what book would be best suited to you that day or simply going straight to the bookshelf to take your pick. You can also change the settings of the game so you can have different sounds while you read, or even change the style and size of the font! When on the bookshelf you can simply just scroll down through the books. Using a filter is also very simple. You just need to fill in the information the game asks for using a drop down list in one or more areas. The quiz is also as simple - just click on your answer!
The price for this game can really vary rather a lot. I managed to get it for one of its cheaper prices, so really just look around and don't settle for the first one that you see. I really do recommend this game for any budding readers of any age out there!
This game was bought for me as I am an avid reader, and having 100 books on one little card seemed like the ideal present - and it is. As far as I am aware, the game is only available on the Nintendo DS, and there is an extra 10 books available for download through the DS Wi-Fi Connection (although I have not yet made use of this function).
The game itself has been designed so that the DS can be held portrait, so that the books can be read as a book. There is a simple menu which allows you to do a number of things. From here you can go to the Library and browse all hundred books using a scroll feature. The books are stored alphabetically by author name, and can be seen on both screens, and selected using the touch screen. Another option on the menu allows the reader to search for a book by either completing a short quiz, which leads to a selection of three books, selected based upon the mood of the reader (your answers), or books can be picked by you selecting the genre(s) you want to read. Also on the menu, you have the option to set the font size, whether page numbers are shown, and background noise. This can include (amongst others):
- A busy cafe
- Relaxing music
- A crackling fire
- A beach
These sounds can be selected or muted, depending upon preference.
Another feature available is four different coloured bookmarks that can be placed in up to four separate books until you chose to remove the bookmark. However, I have found that when actually reading a book it is difficult to access the bookmark function, and may be easier to just write down the page number you reach as this would save time. When the DS is turned on, the game 'remembers' where you reached in the book being read prior being switched off, allowing you to chose to carry on or just return to the main menu. The final feature of this game is that when selecting a book, you are able to read a summary of the book (like a blurb) and also a bit about the history of the author, which I find quite interesting (and the summary is helpful).
Overall I have found this game very easy to use. It is easy to navigate around, there are no overly fancy extras, except for the background noise function, making it very alike to reading a real book - an illusion I'm sure the developers set out to create. The only flaw I have found with this is that prolonged reading from a screen (as with all screens) can sometimes hurt my eyes. However, this can be overcome by changing the brightness settings on the DS until the backlight is at a comfortable setting. As the DS screens are far smaller than an average sized page, the reader must be prepared for a lot of page turning, and although most books go up to thousand's of pages, do not be put off as this is to be expected due to the screen size, and I see no real issue with it. There is a wide selection of books and authors available (see below), making this game ideal for holidays as all you need a DS Console and the small cartridge - but don't forget your charger!
List of Books & Authors:
- Sense and Sensibility
- Pride and Prejudice
- Mansfield Park
- Northanger Abbey
- Jane Eyre
- The Professor
- Dombey and Son
- A Christmas Carol
- A Tale of Two Cities
- Martin Chuzzlewit
Sir Walter Scott
- Rob Roy
Sir Walter Scott
Sir Walter Scott
- The Tempest
- Merchant of Venice
- The Adventures of Pinocchio
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- The Three Musketeers
- Les Misérables
- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
- What Katy Did
- What Katy Did At School
- Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Wuthering Heights
- Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Black Arrow
Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Call of the Wild
- White Fang
- The Water Babies
- Westward Ho!
- Lord Jim
- Moby Dick
- Nicholas Nickleby
- Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- Far From The Madding Crowd
- Under the Greenwood Tree
- Tess of the d'Urbervilles
- The Scarlet Letter
- Romeo and Juliet
- Taming of the Shrew
- Winter's Tale
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Henry V
- Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
- Lorna Doone
R D Blackmore
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
- Agnes Grey
- Sons and Lovers
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- King Solomon's Mines
- Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Edgar Allan Poe
- Adam Bede
- The Mill on the Floss
- Silas Marner
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Importance of Being Earnest
- The Woman in White
- The Moonstone
- Robinson Crusoe
- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- Oliver Twist
- The Old Curiosity Shop
- Great Expectations
- Bleak House
- Hard Times
- Barnaby Rudge
- David Copperfield
- The Pickwick Papers
- The Turn of the Screw
- The Aspern Papers
- Titus Andronicus
- The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Midsummer Nights Dream
- Anthony and Cleopatra
- All's Well That Ends Well
- Comedy of Errors
- Richard III
- Gulliver's Travels
- Vanity Fair
- Barchester Towers
- Black Beauty
- Pilgrim's Progress
- The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Little Lord Fauntleroy
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- Through The Looking Glass
- Loves Labour Lost
- Timon of Athens
- King Lear
- Julius Caesar
- As You Like It
- Twelfth Night
- The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
- Round the World in Eighty Days
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
My husband bought this for me as I really liked the idea of being able to have many of literature's classic books at my disposal. Being usually a reader of thrillers or chicklit I liked the idea of trying to read something more classic and highbrow on occasion but not spending lots of money on books that I might not like or be able to get into.
The authors range from Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters to Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare and encompasses many of the greatest books in literature. You can read about the author and get a synopsis of the book before reading which is helpful. You can then either choose a book yourself and start reading or answer a few quiz questions and, based on your answers, three books are selected for you that you might particularly enjoy. If you are not already a devoted classics reader, this is a really helpful way to get started.
There is nothing quite like turning the pages of a book but the opportunity to have all these classics at your disposal is amazing and of course it is a convenient way to read and easy to store.
You can place bookmarks in places of interest or to mark where you are up to and jump straight to this place with a stroke of your stylus so are never in danger of losing your place!
You can make the print larger if you need to and you have the choice of listening to classical or easy listening music whilst you are reading although I personally find this rather distracting. When you turn the pages you get the sound effect of a page turning which is quite amusing and fun.
The only downside is that it is quite difficult to read outside because of light reflecting on the screen so you might think it a great item to take on holiday but you need a shady spot to be able to read it easily.
For ease and enconomy this is a great way to get into the classics.
Thanks for reading. x
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I got the 100 Classic Book Collection for the DS at Christmas time. If you want to buy a copy yourself, it retails at around £15 depending on where you buy it from. Obviously it cost a bit more when it was initially released, but it's really come down in price now to as low as £11.99 from Amazon and HMV.
This isn't something I'd have gone out and chosen for myself, however I have used it surprisingly often since opening it a few weeks ago. Not all of the books on here will appeal to everyone, but for the price, not to mention the convenience, this cartridge is worth buying even if you're only interested in reading as few as 15 of the books out of the 100 included. Think about it, that's less than £1 a book if purchased for £11.99!
What I really like about this is how convenient it is for bedtime reading and for reading when out and about. In bed, the light from my DS is sufficient to light the pages plenty bright enough for me to read them, without the need to have any other lights on. Great if you share your bed and don't want to disturb anyone!
When it comes to reading on the go, it's very convenient to only need to have your DS Lite in your pocket along with this cartridge. It's about half the size of a standard book, and it weighs about the same. Plus there's no risk of losing your place, because the bookmark function saves it for you.
Using this is really simple and there are no fiddly menus to contend with or anything. You just power up your DS with the cartridge already inserted, and then select the book you want to read from your bookshelf. You can whizz along it easily using your stylus, and you can go back to whereever you left off last time just by clicking on the bookmarked page button.
This is a really great idea and I think it'd be great if Nintendo created more cartridges like this. Perhaps they could make some of the popular series of books available? Like the True Blood books could go on a cartridge, or a load of Star Trek books or something? I bet some youngsters could be convinced to read a lot more if they had all of their Horrid Henry stories on something like this too.
Over all this is a nice simple, and easy to use cartridge that represents excellent value for money. The text is easy to read on the DS, the lighting means you can use it easily in bed, and it really is extremely convenient to have tucked away in your pocket when you're on the go. I really recommend this one to anyone who owns a DS and likes to read.
If you're interested in which books are included, just do a search for a list of the titles using a search engine and you'll find there are a few on the internet.
100 Classic book collection for the DS, is exactly what it says it is so you know exactly what your getting from the moment you pick up the box to putting the cartridge into your DS.
There are 100 books to choose written by several famous authors Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, William Shakespear the list goes on and on. Whether or not you like this is down to personal preference, I can really see the attraction, especially if like me your a bookworm and read loads, of taking this on holiday with you and being able to while away the hours reading without all the excess lugagge BUT it does take a lot of getting used to reading on the DS rather than having the book in you hands to read. You also need to make sure your near a power supply as the DS's battery life isn't brilliant.
This does however, add another element to the DS's appeal as family friendly and, without meaning to offend, this would be great for the older generation who don't want to listen to talking books as the print size can be increased or decreased and a great of introducing children to classic literature rather than handing them a dog eared book.
I'm sure with time that I would get used to using the DS to read from which goes along with some other products on the market that you can download books on to. Maybe the next installment of this will include a bit more modern literature as sometimes it does feel a bit heavy going and you feel like you could do with something more light hearted to read.
Overall this is a good product to buy (its not a game) but it might take a while to get used to.
100 Classic Book Collection is a nifty concept that real works. With all these nifty e-readers like that Amazon kindle becoming popular its a nice addition to the DS library taking into consideration the new idea. The game actually stores about 104 books including the ones you can download Wi-Fi. The are classics by Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and many other reputable authors. I myself have almost completed a picture of Dorian Grey and I have have thoroughly enjoyed reading the unabridged version on my DS lite. I especially enjoy turning the pages(its a bit sad really) as you flick the screen with the stylus and a swift animation turns the page. The font size can be changed accordingly. I leave it on the default of small text as i have impeccable eyesight but its nice to ave the option. Its also cool as it has a bookmark feature so you can store the pages. I personally found this game handy as i used it to revise Romeo and Juliet for English Coursework. Overall i love the idea and if your a budding reader of trying to get a younger one into the reading of the classics, its a definite buy!!! XD
I got a nintendo DS because I wanted to get brain training - I woudn't say i am particularly into computer games as such, but I decided to get this 'game' because I love reading and also travel quite a lot on trains for work, so I thought having 100 books in one little gadget was bound to come in handy!
And how right I was...
The functionality of the ds when used as a 'reader' is very simple, you just turn it sideways and use it like a book. You can use the pointer to turn pages or you can confogure it to use almost any of the keys. Finding books is easy with a virtual book shelf and a little quiz to help you decide what to read if you can't choose.
The text size is fine for me but it may be a little small for some.
The price is fantastic when you add up how much it would cost you to buy each of the books separately, but i wish there was another cartridge for more choice.
Overall, this is fantastic value and very easy to use but probably only for book worms as it is not really a game!
100 Classic Book Collection is a new type of title for the DS, the tiny cartridge holds 100 classic books which can be read on the dual screens. It was a title that I was curious about but thought that I would not like reading books on the small screen. I finally picked up a copy when the price fell to £9.99 for a while on Amazon and my curiosity got the better of me.
As the name suggests the cartridge contains 100 classic books, all of which have passed their original copyright limit so Nintendo could put them onto a cartridge without paying the author to use them. The list of titles is impressive with books such as A Christmas Carol, Bleak House and Little women. Some of the authors are Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde and Robert Louis Stevenson.
To select a book you simply go to the bookshelf and scroll through the list of books which you can display both by title or author alphabetically and tap your selection with the stylus. There is also a quiz function which will ask you a series of questions about your personality and then suggest three titles which it thinks you will like. The books you have already read are marked so that you don't accidently choose them again when you are looking for something new.
When you select a book you have the option of reading a history of the book with a short plot synopsis and also reading about the author which will help you decide if it is the correct book for you. These potted histories of both the books and authors are really interesting and tell you about the history of the book and it's significance.
Obviously the small DS screen size is of concern, the screen size means that little women has 1740 pages and Moby Dick a massive 4264 pages. The text is arranged over both screens of the DS which you hold like a book with the ability to change orientation if you are left handed. The font is black type on a white background and both sizes of text are in an easy to read font. In the end the small screen size did not bother me much as it was so easy to turn to the next page.
Navigating through the pages of the book couldn't be easier using the stylus or the buttons with options to go forward and backward pages and also scroll through the pages. There are onscreen tutorials available to guide you when you first pick up the game and even a real technophobe will be able to navigate the title easily.
You also have the option to add some background noise to your reading session with a range of effects like classical music, the sound of a beach or moving train and oddly even an airport departure lounge. I found these midi tracks just irritated me, even things like the sound of the beach soon became repetitive. Luckily you can switch all the sounds off and choose your own music in the background or read in silence.
By connecting wirelessly I was able to access some extra features. These features were not that impressive to be honest, an extra ten books and you could also see how other people had ranked each book. If you are unable to connect wirelessly then you are not really missing out on that much.
I never thought that I would enjoy reading books on a screen but the experience is surprisingly pleasant. Of course it feels different to reading a paperback and you certainly won't want to relax in the bath with this but it is still really nice to curl up with your DS and read one of the classics. The fact that the console is portable and much smaller and lighter than a book also means that you can put it into your bag and have a massive range of books to choose from when you are out and about.
I've been meaning to read some of the classics for ages, books like a Christmas Carol and Moby Dick have been on my "to read" pile for years. I've started reading Moby Dick and love the poetic language of it; I have also re-read What Katy Did, one of my childhood favourites. My twelve year old has also read Little Women mainly on a long journey and I think having the old texts in a format that kids are familiar with makes them more likely to want to read to them.
The one criticism I have with the cartridge is that each individual reader is only likely to be attracted to a relatively small number of books on the cartridge; I know for example I will give all the Shakespeare plays a miss as I simply don't enjoy reading plays. Having said that there are probably a dozen or so titles I will read over time and I'm sure there will be at least a few books that will appeal to everyone.
While the DS can never compare to the likes of the E-reader in terms of reading experience the 100 Classic Book Collection is still a great addition to my DS games collection and I would be interested in buying other book collections if they come out.
For anyone who may not have picked up a Nintendo DS because they thought it was too childish or immature, or just that they didn't have time for games, people would prefer a sit down with a good book in front of the fire rather than playing a game on a huge screen with surround sound, this is the game for you. Instead of taking up a wall of your flat or house, 100 books fit into a cartridge smaller than your hand. When popped into a DS, literly hundreds of hours of reading enjoyment can be had from this, as it has many classics. Some of them will be ones which you will have heard of, depending on how up to speed with classics you are. There were quite a few which I had not heard of, but that is not a bad thing. Recommended for long trips, holidays perhaps, when you want a good old read.
I was given this game as a gift. At first it went straight on the shelf next to the many other unused games i have.
eventually i got it out of the box and read several of the books. All the stories within are classics so we already know that the content is decent but what is really important is the format is it given in.
chooising a novel is easy enough with the books listed in a 'spine of book list'.
Adjusting hte light on the screen is proably the first thing to do. Too bright or too dark can cause serious problems such as headaches, eye strain etc.
So once i had a comfotable readable screen i set about reading count of monte cristo an epic story and a fanstatic one to boot. After a few nights of reading around an hour or so i did notice that i seemed to spend more time turning pages than reading them(this novel having 9000 of them). It gave a kind of will i ever get to the end of this? feel something i have never experienced with a book before (Even bad ones). Eventaully i finished the fantastic story.
to compare the game (essentially an electronic book) i decided to read one of the stories as a book then on the DS and compare them both. For this little test i chose Shakespears: Romeo and Juliet
I sped through the book quickly and kept excited by the context. I had read this many times before and it is one of my favorites.
Then i read it on the DS. From what i found it took nearly twice as long. I found it harder to read in certain places such as in bed especially when the charger was needed.
i may be a young chap but i cant get past not holding the book in my hands it is easier to read and far easier to set light levels and best of all the book deosnt run out of batteries.
I can see the appeal for younger people or people who struggle on space in the home (Use the library) but i recommend lending the books or buying them. This game seems a bit of anti-green measure using power to read even in daylight. There will be arguments for save the trees but books are easily sold on or donated.
Overall: It takes away the feel and atmosphere of reading a book and feels very much like a fad gadget.
Hold the DS like a book and use the touch screen to turn the pages. 100 Classic Book Collection provides search methods to help you find a book that suits your mood and the amount of time you have to read.