Retro games market shows piracy doesn’t always win

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Piracy might not be as bad of a scourge to business as some people make out. Or at least, that’s what Techdirt’s Timothy Geigner suggests, based on an article about price hikes in the retro video game market. Retro video games are some of the most easily-pirated, most often-emulated media [...]

Morning Roundup: EMI Retaining Copyright to Christmas Song, DC To Get a Sci-FI Museum and more

By libertyc
December 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town… And EMI Is Keeping The Copyright (Techdirt) Go ahead and sing whatever Christmas songs you like this seasons, but remember that thanks to the recording industry and Congress, you better not pout, you better just pay up your royalties in perpetuity, because the [...]

New children’s e-book program Nintendo’s first official foray into e-books, but far from first for the Game Boy

By libertyc
July 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Happy Fourth, to those of our readership who observe it! Rocketnews has a comprehensive English-language report on some new Nintendo-related e-book news. Nintendo is launching an e-book program for its 3DS handhelds aimed at grade-school kids, with 300 Japanese children’s books available. Whereas [...]

We Goofed! Nintendo story accidentally appeared as ours

By Dan Eldridge
May 15, 2013 // 6 Comments

Yesterday evening, we posted as our final story of the day a fascinating article about a new Nintendo video game titled Tomodachi Collection: New Life, which has been described as not unlike a Japanese version of The Sims. The crux of the article was that Nintendo had unintentionally made it [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
November 22, 2012 // 2 Comments

Amazon, Target Winning Black Friday Wars, Report Says (Los Angeles Times) Kobo Arc vs Kindle Fire {and} Kobo Arc vs Nook HD (Good E-Reader) Buyer Beware: Nintendo Nukes $400 Worth of Downloaded Content in DRM Migration Fail (BoingBoing) Open Access: Why Academic Publishers Still Add Value (The [...]

Nintendo starting an ebook store?

By Paul Biba
January 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the speculation according to an article in Yahoo News. Quoting an unnamed software developer who has been working with Nintendo, was told of a complete eBook download service, featuring not only books, but comics, magazines and newspapers too. One of the Wii U’s [...]

Game industry conference suggests possibilities for books’ future

By libertyc
August 23, 2010 // 1 Comment

In some of my previous posts, I have looked at the computer game industry (especially Valve, with its “Steam” digital distribution service and focus on customer service that can even turn pirates into paying customers) with an eye to the examples it sets for the e-book and publishing trades. It [...]

Handheld game console manufacturers considering adding 3G, Japanese carrier says

By libertyc
July 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has said it is in talks with video game console manufacturers about adding 3G connectivity to future generations of handheld consoles. Though NTT DoCoMo declined to identify which companies it was talking to, there are really [...]

Nintendo e-book plans for 3DS handheld

By libertyc
June 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

We’ve written a fair amount on various different apps and carts that can turn the Nintendo DS into an e-book reader. Now Electric Pig has an article about Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata talking about possible e-book plans for the new Nintendo 3DS, at the Nintendo E3 keynote. Said Satoru, [...]

British children’s writer sells e-stories for Nintendo DS

By libertyc
May 20, 2010 // 1 Comment

Remember the public domain e-book cartridge that was made available for the Nintendo DS? Now British children’s author Anthony Horowitz is publishing three selected horror stories from his forthcoming collection, More Bloody Horowitz, as digital downloads through Nintendo’s DSi Ware download [...]

Next-generation Nintendo DS to feature high resolution, accelerometer—great for e-book reading?

By libertyc
March 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

New information has come to light about the next generation of Nintendo hand-held game console, to be unveiled at E3 in June. Most interestingly for e-book readers, the screens are going to have much higher resolution than the current generation and will be essentially contiguous, with no space [...]

Harlequin offers books on Nintendo DS in Japan

By libertyc
March 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Romance publisher Harlequin has hit the Nintendo DS in Japan, according to the press release. Thirty-three titles will be offered with five of them being new titles and three of them being titles that were formerly available only on line. The books have been enhanced by offering some interactive [...]

Nintendo DSi XL to get public-domain e-book cartridge

By libertyc
February 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

We’ve reported on Nintendo DS e-book applications several times over the last few years—both homebrew apps such as dslibris and a commercial cartridge containing 100 public domain e-books released in Europe in 2008. The other day, Paul received an email suggesting the new Nintendo DSi XL could [...]

Will the next Nintendo DS be a better e-reader?

By libertyc
April 25, 2008 // 1 Comment

What will the next iteration of the Nintendo DS be like? The question is timely, for sales of this popular handheld have begun to slow. Furthermore, the DS-Lite (photo) is almost 18 month old, the typical life span of Nintendo’s handheld systems. Next generation DS? At this point, the [...]

Doctorow: “Don’t count on dedicated e-book devices”

By libertyc
March 5, 2008 // 4 Comments

Author and e-book expert Cory Doctorow published an article in Locus Magazine today in which he explores the economic realities of producing dedicated e-book readers. If Nintendo, he muses, cannot even cajole Chinese manufacturers into ramping up production for their incredibly popular Wii game [...]

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