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 DS HOW TO GUIDES
How to read books on DS
Turn over a new leaf
Product: True | Genre: True
 
With the price of audio books ever increasing, why not switch back to that old favourite: the written word? But don't worry about having to carry books around with you. With DS Reader you can read any e-book (or text file) on your DS. It even has a great little bookmarking function to keep track of your progress.


Download files
The first step is to download the files you'll need. If you are a tidy little bod, you may want to collect them together in a folder on your PC. You need to download the following:

DS Reader: DSReader.zip from here
– DLDI File System Patcher Software: dlditool-win32-gui.zip from here
– DLDI Driver File: from here

How to read books on DS 1




Unzip the DS Reader software
You'll want to do this into a folder on your PC.

1. Unzip the DSReader.zip file that you downloaded during Step 01.
2. Keep the folder to hand on your desktop or similar location.

How to read books on DS 2




Patch DS Reader software
Because DS Reader uses a generic file system library, it needs to be patched so it can access files on your particular homebrew card.

1. Extract the dlditool-win32-gui.zip Patcher software to a folder on your PC.
2. Run the dlditool32.exe program.
3. Click the DLDI File button and browse to the location of the DLDI driver file you downloaded during Step 01. Ensure you have downloaded the DLDI driver file for your particular homebrew card from the list provided here.
4. Click the Binaries button, browse to the folder on your desktop and select the DSReader.nds file.
5. You can now copy the following files to the root folder of your homebrew card:
– Game file: DSReader.nds
– TrueType font: arial.ttf (you could also download any other TrueType font you prefer)
– Sample Text: alice.txt (you can also copy across any e-book or text file)


How to read books on DS 3




Start DS Reader
You can now fire up the DS Reader software.

1. Remove your homebrew card or memory stick from your PC.
2. Insert your homebrew card into your DS.
3. Turn on the DS power and run the DSReader.nds file.
4. Be patient – the software will take a moment to load.


How to read books on DS 4





Set up DS Reader
Once the DS Reader software is loaded, you can set it up for use as follows:

1. Stroke the bottom screen upwards to open the menu.
2.Tap the Folder icon to open a file. This enables you to browse the files on the homebrew card. You can add books to read by copying the text file to your homebrew card. Browse to the required file and tap Open. The file will open.
3. Tap the Book icon to open files and work with bookmarks.
– If you are midway through a book, create a bookmark to enable you to continue later by tapping Save Bookmark, and then tapping a Save slot. If you've already created a bookmark, open books here rather than the Folder icon as you can continue reading from the same point. 
4. Tap the Font icon to adjust the fonts. You can adjust the size, style and background colour. Tap Load to use any TrueType font you have on your Homebrew card.
5. Tap the Screen icon to adjust the display. You can choose whether to view the book on either both or just one screen.
6. Close the menu with a downward stroke.


How to read books on DS 5





Get reading
Now you have set up DS Reader, you can grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy an evening or two's good reading.

1. Tap the Folder icon to open your book.
2. Advance pages by pressing the Left shoulder button or pressing the D-pad right.
3. Go back pages by pressing the Right shoulder button or pressing the D-pad left.
4. When you need a break, tap the Book icon to create a bookmark for later.

Further information can be found here. Don't miss our other DS How Tos.

How to read books on DS 6


 

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Andy Robertson 10 August 2007
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stevek78 | 12:41 - 17 April 2011
Please can you help as I have applied patch and copied to my R4 revolution card and open DS Reader and load arial font, but get told that this font cannot be loaded
Anonymous | 18:55 - 19 September 2010
Hi All,
I have thesame problem AsKris4t4.I havw loaded the files and only a whitescreen comes on the ds i.I managed to get the dictionary working on thDSiwith r4 cad.Ido not understand.Can you please help.
Regards
Anonymous | 17:03 - 7 September 2010
ds reader does not load. white screen of death. sure i did it properly, did it over 4x to get it right and still not working.
Anonymous | 08:24 - 20 October 2009
i have and acekard and i followed all the directions up to the click on the dsreader on your nintendo dsi, and how long is it suppose to be until ds reader kicks in, ive been waiting for like 28 mins, what have i done wrong?
Anonymous | 06:14 - 9 August 2009
where do u get the books that u wanna read from? and how can i get the program that reads the books from?
Anonymous | 21:47 - 8 August 2009
after i turn off my ds,and reopen it,all the bookmarks become useless, what can i do for a proper work?
Anonymous | 14:40 - 7 August 2009
mine wont even recognise txt files and iv done everything how you said iv an r4
Anonymous | 22:53 - 2 May 2009
P.S. Just to make sure.... only .txt files in US-ASCII format work!!!
Anonymous | 23:30 - 6 April 2009
Can you read Tintin comic books on your ds light?
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renamecor | 09:24 - 2 February 2009
Homebreww and R4DS/supercards are all very well for a certain type of DS owner, for others the concept of reading books on their DS is a great idea and all they want to do is spend a few quid to get the simple cartridge that plugs and thats it.

http://www.ndsbooks.co.uk have 100 classic books for £15 delivered.

However, this is a great article and I am one of those homebrew peeps - good article.
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