Saturday, March 19, 2005

Cell-novels conquered Japan

There's a new phenonmenon appearing in Japan. It's called cell-phone lecture mania. Apparently, the japanese teens and post teens enjoy that microcosmos created by someone's imagination. People, action, situations, thoughts ,feelings. All that at micro scale of course...a mobile screen. It takes some getting used to. Only a few lines pop up at a time because the phone screen is about half the size of a business card. I can't imagine how does it feels to read an entire book on a mobile screen.

You can read whenever you have a spare moment, and you don't even need to use both hands,
says Taro Matsumura, a 24-year-old graduate student who sometimes reads essays and serial novels on his phone.
There are several mobile Web sites who offer hundreds of novels -- classics, best sellers and some works written especially for the medium. Users can search by author, title and genre, and readers can write reviews, send fan mail to authors and request what they want to read, all from their phones.
Surprisingly, people are using cell-phone books to catch up on classics they never finished reading. And people are perusing sex manuals and other books they're too embarrassed to be caught reading or buying. More common is keeping an electronic dictionary in your phone in case a need arises.
A writer who goes by the single name Yoshi published Deep Love, a series of stories about a Tokyo teenage prostitute. He began by posting them on an obscure cell-phone site he started and made reader payment voluntary. The story became so popular that it went on to become a movie, TV show and "manga" or Japanese-style comic book. It's even been turned into a real book, with some 2.6 million copies sold.
P.s. Don't they have enough trouble reading normal books with those little alien eyes? Perhaps it's their evolutional path. It might transform them into beings with even smaller eyes. Not to mention that the europeans also will evolve to have thin fingers and large ears both great for cell phone use.


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