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Mobile books hot in Japan

How novel! (Sorry for the pun.) “They say kids these days don’t read. In Japan, however, teens are back into reading novels big-time with one major difference: They’re reading them on cell phones,” reports Switched.com. Hey, if it keeps ‘em reading…. Keitai (“kay-tie”) are serial novels amazingly written by their mostly young authors on their cellphone keypads (shows how fast Asia’s phone text-based communicators’ thumbs are). They’re “delivered in read-on-the-corner byte-sized chunks on a regular basis to hungry young subscribers, and the style is – predictably – manga (Japanese comic book) style. One 20-something author who was writing for 25,000 readers a day sold her novel to a book publisher, and the book sold 440,000, according to Switched.com.

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