100 Classic Books

July 11, 2010

100 Classic Books is exactly what it sounds like – 100 books in digital format for your DS. Now you can read Wuthering Heights without lugging around a book. If you’re in the market for eBooks but don’t own any of the various e-readers then 100 Classic Books is a decent start.

100 Classic Books requires only the stylus to select a book, turn pages, or place a bookmark. Text is easy to read, and when a book is completed it is marked with a small r on the spine. If you’re not sure what you’d like to read a built-in quiz will examine your interests and recommend you a book. And when you finish reading the 100 included books more are available to download via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

I have a hard time recommending 100 Classic Books despite it being a perfectly serviceable book-reading utility. While new books can be downloaded via Nintendo WFC I can’t see this one DS cart getting the same support as, say, the Kindle store. Granted, the investment is higher with a dedicated device, but you’ll be able to purchase whatever you’d like to read in the future, and you’re not stuck paying for novels that you don’t want. If you’re dead set of buying digital books and like what you see in the following list then save some cash and pick up 100 Classic Books. Everybody else, a dedicated eReader will serve you better in the long run.

Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Jane Austen


Mansfield Park


Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

R.D. Blackmore

Lorna Doone

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Jane Eyre

The Professor



Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

John Bunyan

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Frances Burnett

Little Lord Fauntleroy

The Secret Garden

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Through the Looking-Glass

Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone

The Woman in White

Carlo Collodi

Adventures of Pinnocchio

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim

Susan Coolidge

What Katy Did

James Fenimore Cooper

Last of the Mohicans

Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe

Charles Dickens

Barnaby Rudge

Bleak House

A Christmas Carol

David Copperfield

Dombey and Son

Great Expectations

Hard Times

Martin Chuzzlewit

Nicholas Nickleby

The Old Curiosity Shop

Oliver Twist

The Pickwick Papers

A Tale of Two Cities

Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Three Musketeers

George Eliot

Adam Bede


The Mill on the Floss

Henry Rider Haggard

King Solomon’s Mines

Thomas Hardy

Far From the Madding Crowd

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Tess of the D’Urbevilles

Under the Greenwood Tree

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Les Miserables

Washington Irving

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

Charles Kingsley

Westward Ho!

D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers

Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera

Jack London

The Call of the Wild

White Fang

Herman Melville

Moby Dick

Edgar Allen Poe

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Sir Walter Scott


Rob Roy


Anna Sewell

Black Beauty

William Shakespeare

All’s Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

The Comedy of Errors


Julius Caesar

King Henry the Fifth

King Lear

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

The Tempest

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Twelfth Night

The Winter’s Tale


Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Treasure Island

Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels

William Thackeray

Vanity Fair

Anthony Trollope

Barchester Towers

Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Jules Verne

Round the World in Eighty Days

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Picture of Dorian Gray


Pros: Lots of books to choose from, large easy-to-read text

Cons: Dedicated devices have larger selection and better support

Plays Like: A small Kindle with a limited library


Score: 3/5

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