Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cellphone Novels

Hey, hey, HEY! Here's a novel idea: Cellphone Books.

Apologies to Tolstoy, but one of the biggest novelists these days is a 15-year-old in Japan who wrote a book from her cellphone using her thumbs. Really.

The new type of storytelling is called "keitai"--cellphone novels. Aimed squarely at those who can't be parted from their mobiles, teens--mostly young women readers and writers--have turned the cellphone story into the must-read phone book.

According to a story in the L.A. Times, the way it works is writers keep to a cell-screen-friendly 1000-character limit per page and upload from their phones to publishing websites, then get instant feedback on plot twists and helpful fixes on typos. With a million cellphone books and 6 million users, fans are giving the craze a ringing endorsement.

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