DS books, e-books, new neighbours

Via Martyn Daniels: "Today HarperCollins announced its adoption of the Nintendo DS ebook application to sell a cartridge of some 100 classics … a new and interesting diversion from the normal platform and one which is both logical and could offer a quick return as it has a ready-built audience." For my part, I am not sure if the ready-built audience is the same one as an audience for 100 classic novels. And via the same source: "Penguin Group USA today launched Penguin 2.0 which is a platform aimed at connecting readers to Penguin and also group their many digital initiatives….Penguin Personalized and Penguin Mobile."

Readerville reports that "when you tap into the Stanza catalog, the first item in the menu is Random House Free Library. At the moment, it contains just nine books… No word on the rate at which RH might add (or remove?) titles from the list—nor on whether Pan Macmillan, who recently started a catalog of excerpts in Stanza, will follow suit."

And a bit of old-fashioned bricks-and-mortar news, The Guardian has finally moved to an office next door to mine after years of building works, exploding gas cylinders, etc. I hope that means a few coffee bars in the area, as the scaffolding-clad Kings Cross station has long ejected its tenants, causing too many people to have to queue in the place that exists on the grim haul up York Way. (Kings Place, new home to the Grauniad, is delightful by the way: I've visited a couple of times with a charming colleague. I hope it succeeds at becoming a star cultural centre among the goods yards and sidings, and helps to drag this ghastly locale up by its bootstraps.)