One of the hottest new computer games is the latest entry in the Elder Scrolls franchise, Skyrim. Although I haven’t played the game myself, it seems that one element of the game is that it includes a bunch of in-game books, some of them quite long, that go into the backstory of the game world and various things in it. As Jeremy Hill notes on our sister blog Gamertell, there are so many of them that there just isn’t time to read them while in the game (where there are, obviously, better things to do, like killing dragons).
However, one enterprising gamer noticed that the game stores the text for all the books in plain text, and has thoughtfully taken eight hours to go through and format them into Mobi and EPUB files for gamers to download to their e-book readers. Of course, this technically violates copyright—would-be readers should own the game itself in order to have the legal right to read this material—so it wouldn’t be surprising if it gets taken down before long. But even if that happens, knowing the books are stored as text should enable fans with a little know-how to roll their own.
The reward for a job well done? A bigger job.
The fans are clamoring for him to tackle Oblivion and (Shudder) Morrowind which had even *more* books.
Actually, I kinda hope Bethesda does it themselves. The have the source material, after all.