Archives for the category: SMS and Litterature
November 28, 2012
The Atlantic, on how in China as 25 Million People read books on their cell phones, entire genres of literature may be revived, such as mid-length novels and poems, which have fallen out of favour.
According to Clifforn Coonan in Beijing for The Irish Times, almost half of Chinese adults read books in different forms and about 25 percent of readers -- some 220 million people read electronic media. Of these, almost 120 million people use their mobile phone to read.
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October 14, 2012
Among the digital trends at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year: Startups selling ebooks, self-publishing developments, and an emphasis on mobile phones as the ebook revolution goes global. paincontent.org reports.
Going global, thinking mobile
As digital reading expands globally, it won’t look the way it has in the West. In particular, mobile phones could be key in less wealthy countries, but many of those opportunities are so far untapped.
September 30, 2011
Best-selling children's author Terry Deary has launched a text novel which he wrote on his mobile phone - in an attempt to get kids reading. Sky News reports.
The Perfect Poison Pills Plot is a black comedy for young adults which has been narrated by rapper Chipmunk.
Related articles about cell phone novels.
September 13, 2011
Titled "Alice's Adventures in NYC Wonderland - The Text Generation", the book's text message format is intended to engage a new generation of potential young readers who might otherwise never pick up the original Carroll version or even watch the film.
July 8, 2011
Artist Tracey Moberly text messages are not as boring as yours, or mine ("thanks!" "CU later", "Are you coming home for dinner?") so she has turned them into a book, called TEXT-ME-UP!. Manchester Evening News reports.
Moberly has quested to Siberia, Haiti and Colombia, agitated artistically against corporations such as Coca-Cola, nor released a thousand pink balloons over Manchester to seek out random new text friends. Tracey Moberly, 47, has done all this, and much more.
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June 3, 2011
In a move to get some publicity, the UK consumer affairs magazine has worked out that the average UK mobile phone user transmits the equivalent of a copy of the equivalent of epic novel War and Peace every five and a half years. Cellular News reports.
The average mobile user sends 10 texts a day. With most phones allowing up to 160 characters per text, it would take five years and six months to text all 3,197,779 characters of Tolstoy's War & Peace.
January 25, 2011
Judith Acosta, for the Huffington Post on language modification, reflecting changes in our culture and in our collective consciousness.
The minimization of communication is no accident. It comes as a consequence of minimal thinking, lethargy and indifference. To some, this is the death knell of American and Western civilization, the end of democracy as we know it (which requires active and informed participation by all citizens), the end of the broadest literacy rate in the history of mankind and the end of equality of opportunity (for this too, takes an active, watchful and observant eye).
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September 9, 2010
The days of traditional college writing instruction are nearly over, contends a Michigan State University researcher who found that college students now rank texting as the No. 1 form of writing and cell phones as a top writing platform. Michigan State University reports.
Lead researcher Jeff Grabill, professor of writing and rhetoric, studied the writing behaviors of more than 1,300 first-year college students across the nation from a variety of institutions and locations from April to June.
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Links to articles related to postive and negative studies on the effect of text messaging on student's writing skills.
March 17, 2010
Some 60,000 cell-phone users who had signed up to receive “promotional messages” from Nextones.com in order to get a free ringtone got just such a text message on January 18, 2006 advertising a cell-phone-related Stephen King book.
Read full article in Overlawyered
November 3, 2009
Blackbetty, a mobile book publisher, presented mobile books at this year's book fair at Frankfurt a couple of weeks ago. Blackbetty's books may be downloaded free of charge via Bluetooth.
Samples of well known authors and complete books are available for download.
The Bluetooth terminal has been developed by Bluetooth marketing specialist Haase & Martin, Germany. The terminal is a leading software solution, completing other technologies like hotspot enabled city light posters for single file transmissions.
September 22, 2009
Thousands of people will be paid small sums to translate portions of the original 1851 text into Emoji, the picture character language widely used in Japanese SMS messages. The Telegraph reports.
While the premise of the project – titled Emoji Dick – may be whimsical, it highlights the innovative ways in which the labour pool of bored internet users is being tapped to complete complex tasks.
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September 10, 2009
Imagine a dictionary that offers tips on text messaging abbreviations for Indian cell phone users and has a Shakespeare guide too. Well that's exactly what two new Collins dictionaries have to offer. Samay Live reports.
The Collins Cobuild Learner's Illustrated Dictionary includes text messaging abbreviations for cell phone users, said Rob Scriven, managing director of the Collins Language Division.
September 2, 2009
A website launched on Tuesday will post a short story every weekday to any Web-enabled cellphone for free.
Readers are welcome to submit their own stories. They should be around 1500-2000 words, the equivalent of 10-15 minute read.
Created by Dan Sinker, who teaches journalism at Columbia College Chicago, CellStories.net is not limited to any particular gadget and is designed to be as simple as possible to work on any handheld mobile device with Web access.
... Among authors who have pledged to contribute to what promises to be an outlet for literary writing is 2008 Story Prize finalist Joe Meno. Authors will not be paid as the site is not yet designed to make money, Sinker said.
June 22, 2009
According to a report in Online Media Daily, an appellate court ruled Friday that book publisher Simon & Schuster might have violated federal law in 2006 by allegedly sending unsolicited text messages promoting Stephen King's "Cell."
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that sending SMS messages potentially violates the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits companies from using automatic telephone dialing systems to make calls to cell phones unless the owners have consented.
April 23, 2009
"I had about 45 minutes each way, and everyone who takes the F knows that 45 minutes can turn into an hour and a half." I wrote over 100,000 words on the train" over two years of commutes, he said.
April 15, 2009
A 65-year-old woman of Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, will publish a book of e-mail messages she sent to the cell phone of her husband after he died of an asbestos-related disease to mark the first anniversary of his death this month. Asia Daily News reports.
Toshiko Fukuda expresses her grief over the loss of her husband, who died at age 69, and her enduring affection for him in the book, titled “Job Transfer to Heaven Without Family–I Wanted to Be With You Longer).
November 14, 2008
The Manga Man, Alexander Besher's new sci-fi book is available to read online for free and according to New Scientist, it's not just a traditional print novel, but comes with a swathe of pictures, video and audio.
More unusually (at least by Western standards) is that the book is being published direct to mobile phones.
And in a marketing gimmiick, Besher has come up with the sly idea of getting T-shirts printed with a QR code, which when scanned directs people to the website for the novel.
Read full article.
November 12, 2008
A cell phone novelist from Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of molesting a high school girl of Hyogo Prefecture who was a fan of her novels. Daily Yomiuri Online reports.
Yokomori had posted a romantic story to a cell phone site under the pen name Misa. The girl became a fan after reading the novel in February, and became acquainted with Yokomori on a bulletin board of the cell phone site.
September 26, 2008
Japan's best-known Buddhist nun is reaching out to a new audience by writing a mobile phone novel at the age of 86. Reuters reports.
Jakucho Setouchi, a prolific writer and translator of 11th century epic romance "The Tale of Genji," is latching on to a publishing revolution -- short works of fiction distributed piecemeal by cellphone often become best-sellers in book form.
"At this age, there are few things that interest me. But it was the first time I had written a cellphone novel, and it was exciting," Setouchi was quoted by a local newspaper as saying.
The story, entitled "Tomorrow's Rainbow," is about a high-school girl who is deeply hurt by her parents' divorce, but finds the love of her life in a boy named Hikaru."
June 4, 2008
Following the huge popularity in Japan of cell phone novels published on mobile phones, a printing company is launching its first cell phone picture book.
According to Tokyomango, "the picture book will be read page by page, like a kamishibai—no scrolling, just clicking from page to page. It will include both popular children's titles and original content.
The company hopes to have 50 titles and 10,000 downloads by September."
January 22, 2008
Last month in Japan, the year-end bestseller tally showed that mobile phone novels, republished in book form, have not only infiltrated the mainstream but have come to dominate it. The New York Times reports.
"Of last year's 10 best-selling novels, five were originally mobile phone novels, mostly love stories written in the short sentences characteristic of text messaging but containing little of the plotting or character development found in traditional novels. What is more, the top three spots were occupied by first-time mobile phone novelists, touching off debates in the news media and blogosphere.
Whatever their literary talents, phone novelists are racking up the kind of sales that most more experienced, traditional novelists can only dream of."
... Mobile phone writers are not paid for their work, no matter how many millions of times their novels might be read online. The pay-off, if any, comes when the novels are reproduced and sold as traditional books. Readers have free access to the web- sites that carry the novels, or pay at most $1 to $2 a month.
Rin, 21, whose mobile phone love story was turned into a 142-page hardcover book last year, said ordinary novels left members of her generation cold.
"They don't read works by professional writers because their sentences are too difficult to understand, their expressions are intentionally wordy, and the stories are not familiar to them," she said."
October 23, 2007
Posters advertising Crossfire, his latest novel out next month, will invite mobile phone users to request by text the first chapter, to be downloaded in audio or text version to their phones. They can also use the PayPal system to order the print version of the whole book.
McNab's pursuit of a new readers follows a trial this year when the paperback version of his book Recoil was available to order on mobiles."
September 26, 2007
In Japan, the cellphone is stirring the nation's staid fiction market. The WSJ reports.
"Young amateur writers in their teens and 20s have found a convenient medium in which to loose their creative energies. For readers, mostly teenage girls, the mobile novel, as the genre is called, is the latest form of entertainment on the go.
... Mobile-novel writers like getting instant feedback from readers. That encourages them to keep going or even to change stories to suit readers. Of course, the close interaction between reader and writer can sometimes be too much. A 27-year-old woman, who wrote a sad love story called "What the Angel Gave Me" under the pen name Chaco, became so popular two years ago that she was getting 25,000 unique online visitors a day. Chaco, who won't disclose her real name, says she felt pressured to update her novel and respond to comments every day to keep readers happy.
"I was getting only one to two hours of sleep a night," says Chaco. Her phone was ringing with email messages from fans at four in the morning.
... Nobody knows how much staying power the genre will have, or whether authors who specialize in writing about their own experiences will run dry."
[Image from Teleread.org, illustrating an article the popularitiy of short cellphone-based novels in Japan]
August 23, 2007
"The novelist, Zhejiang Province native Fu Zhanbei, is demanding three million yuan (US$395,283) compensation and a public apology on the Website. Fu accused the Website of continuing to use his short messages after their contract ended and making profits from them."
August 15, 2007
The publishing world is linking up to the iPhone, reports the Associated Press.
"HarperCollins announced Wednesday that it had set up a special link, mobile.harpercollins.com, that will allow the Apple iPhone to view excerpts from more than a dozen new releases, including Michael C. White's "Soul Catcher" and David Mendell's Obama."
In their own words:
Browse Inside digitally replicates the experience of browsing the pages of a book prior to purchasing. To experience the pilot project firsthand, open the Safari browser on your iPhone and go to iphone.libredigital.com.
All available titles for the Apple iPhone so far:
-- Winning by Jack Welch & Suzy Welch
July 8, 2007
"Using a mobile technology platform developed by ICUE, Borders will offer exclusive chapter samplers to customers in advance of the title being released. These will be delivered free of charge to the customer’s mobile phone, together with a discount that can be redeemed in store once the title is available to buy."
-- A mobile library on your phone - An article on the mobile phone-novel culture in Japan.
-- Random House Promotes Book With SMS Chapter - Book publisher Random House is promoting a new book—Life’s a Pitch—by sending the first chapter via SMS
-- Harlequin's Mobile Novels - Harlequin has signed up with Vocel, a mobile content tech company which recently got a strategic investment from Random House, to develop content for the mobile phones…
-- Random House to offer educational content over cell phones - Random House has acquired a minority stake in Vocel, a San Diego start-up company that offers educational content to subscribers over cellphones for a monthly fee.
-- Big Books Hit Japan's Tiny Phones - London Audio books are set to be revolutionised by a tiny card that can store up to five lengthy novels on a phone.
June 19, 2007
Italian author Robert Bernocco, has just published his first novel entitled Compagni di Viaggio.
What's unusual about that? Well, Bernocco didn't use a computer to type the book's 384 pages, he used his cell phone keyboard and typed away in perfect Italian (not SMS shorthand) while commuting back and forth from work.
His book is published on Lulu.com
It took him 17 weeks to complete.
[via Le Monde]
May 30, 2007
The locally well known livelyrix poetry slam took place in Dresden last Friday again.
Ten poets presented their poems and texts in the sold out event centre Scheune.
Additionally, every guest was invited to send its poem as a text message from its own mobile during the show breaks. All texts sent were received by SMS Chatwall and were projected onto a screen on the stage.
The audience took part actively, as there were one hundred messages broadcasted during both breaks. Mobile poets could write anonymously. Therefore more people dared to present their lyrics to a broader audience.
[via The Open Press]
March 7, 2007
January 25, 2007
"The Last Messages tells the story of a fictitious IT-executive in Finland who resigns from his job and travels throughout Europe and India, keeping in touch with his friends and relatives only through text messages.
His messages, and the replies — roughly 1,000 altogether — are listed in chronological order in the 332-page novel written by Finnish author Hannu Luntiala. The texts are rife with grammatical errors and abbreviations commonly used in regular SMS traffic.
Sari Havukainen, spokeswoman at Finnish publishing house Tammi, said the company is considering translating the book into other languages."
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