There has been talk of an official ebook reader coming to the 3DS and 3DS XL for quite some time now, but it will only be available in Japan, and as per usual with Nintendo, it could take years before it comes to USA and European shores. Not to mention potential limits on the material we can lead (to keep it family friendly) and the list could go on and on.
I love my 3DS XL! SO much so that I try to do as much of everything on it as possible. This doesn’t mean that I just play as many 3DS games as I can get my hands on. It means that I look for hacks or enhancements to the Nintendo 3DS XL all the time, in hopes of getting more functionality out of it.
Last month I started using my 3DS XL as my dedicated ebook reader, and not using the soon to be released Japanese ebook setup from Nintendo, but instead a freeware / indie ebook reader.
It’s actually super easy to do too. You’ll only need:
1. Your Nintendo 3DS / 3DS XL (or DS, DSi etc.. will work too!)
2. And R4 3DS Flash Card from here
3. The freeware Indie ebook reading software called iKuReader which you can download from here
- txt, fb2 and partial epub support
- unicode support (utf-8)
- normal and book-like layouts
- install your favorite fonts
Just copy the ikureader.nds file over to the root of your micro SD card, then copy all of your ebooks that you want to read on your 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL in to an folder on the microSD card for the R4 3DS called eBooks, and you’re all set. Let me know if any of you would want step by step directions with pictures, and I’ll be happy to do so.
See the video below for some additional details on how you can start reading ebooks on your DS, DSI, or 3DS / 3DS XL and even the new Nintendo 2DS systems too!