Sparrow, your writing is always funny
I love that little dialogue you just did.
Actually, I just had an idea for the text. Have either of you played Mischief Makers? That game had a good text feel. You pushed a button that you normally don't use for any other action, and it opens up a dialogue box. The player has the option to keep using this button to scroll through the text, or walk away, which, after a certain distance, closes the text box. It gives a nice freedom to the player, and might be a good way to convey the mmo feel.
Ooh books, we could actually read them the same way as the dialogue.