Mobile Phone Novels
This article in The Sydney Morning Herald claims that half of the top 10 selling works of fiction in Japan are composed on mobile phones.
Half of Japan’s top-10 selling works of fiction in the first six months of the year were composed the same way – on the tiny handset of a mobile phone. They sold an average of 400,000 copies. By August, the president of Goma Books, Masayoshi Yoshino, was declaring in a manifesto that he was determined “to establish this not simply as a fad, but as a new kind of culture”.
The Japanese market has happily been paying for mobile books for some time. This kind of phenomenon is not going to happen soon in the west, but Japan is years ahead on many technical fronts. Mobile data services have been available and popular in Japan for years. Whether we catch up in the same way is open to speculation. But don’t rule out the option that you may, say by around 2015, be reading novels on your mobile.