Cell Phone Literature

An interesting article I ran into today about the growth and popularity of Cellphone Literature in Japan. Novels composed completely with two thumbs on cellphones have become massive best sellers dominating the past year’s publishing market over in the archipelago nation. Although these “novels” are meant for being read on the cellphone or attempt to emulate the cellphone as a form with in the printed page, they do prove to be an interesting step in the art of literature. The novel itself started as being collections of letters or diaries in order to give the illusion and allusion to the real. Here we get a further extension of this process, and perhaps a sign of where writing can go and how it can change.