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Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

Hiya, everyone. I was just reading an article in a magazine talking about cell phone novels. Supposedly their really big in Japan, and seem to be getting big here, too. Has anybody read one yet, or knows anything about them?
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

No. I'm guessing it's a novel on a phone (crazy, out-there guess- I know!!)? I couldn't stand to read anything longer than a text on my phone. The screen's too small, and there are only like two-three words per line.
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

r you talking about ebooks?

 

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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

No, I'm not talking about ebooks, and yes, the novel are actually on your cell phone. Crazy, neh? Supposedly it's all the rage in Japan, and is getting more popular here. I actually went on a site the other day for it and checked it out. It's really weird. Whenever the author puts up a new chapter you download it only your cell phone (their only like, 100 words each) and then read and review it. It sounds annoying to me (I agree. The type is WAAAAAAYYYYYY too small) but I guess it was bound to happen.
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

I suppose it would be more convenient than carrying around a full-size book, though. At least it could fit in your pocket.
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I'd rather have a big book on me all the time then a small phone book with 100 words per chapter. Quality over Quantity. (I think haha)
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

y o y did u tell me that...not that i have a cell phone but now i really really really want one...
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

Lmao.  Wow.  Japanese people, the sillies.  I have to agree. I'd rather read something physical, than virtual.  I have slight troubles reading ebooks.  Though I kind of got over it, cuz I really really really wanted to read that book. 

 

Reading a chapter on my tiny little screen would drive me nuts.  Have the time I can't even read my screen cuz of light refraction or the sun being stupid and in my way.  I have to be inside to actually read it.  Lol.  If you had an iPhone or Blackberry I suppose it wouldn't be that bad, but still it's kinda inconvenient.  How much memory would that take up on your phone?  

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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

too true...:smileysad:..lol
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

LOL I have to agree with most of you. I'd much rather have a real book to lug around, whether or not it's heavy. I just think it's a lot easier and funner to have the actual object. I'm not too into ebooks, either. They make my head hurt, though they are a good thing for some people...

 

I don't know about the space. I wouldn't think that a text phone novel would take up too much space, because I'm pretty sure you just delete it after you've read it (it's like recieving a text supposedly) but I wouldn't know. Another bad thing is that these aren't by real authors, so there would be the issue of quality, as Ravenclaww said. Not that there aren't a lot of good authors who don't get published, but...

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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

Jeezums...ebooks...ick. They're called "books" for the same reason we don't call a banana a potato...because they're two different things entirely! I'd rather feel the freshly-printed pages in my fingers and smell the processed ink instead of reading Harry Potter of a two-inch screen that has to be charged every thirty minutes xP

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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

Yea I prefer the printed book over eboos and audiobook, to me it's a lot easier, when I read ebooks it bothers my eyes and I can never follow and I can never follow the audiobook
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

yeah, i agree...but i dont have like an unlimites credit card and our library has downloadable books..so i f they dont have the real thing and i want to read a book really bad i have to suck it up/..i also read the excerpts on B&N...but  yeah theres nothing like the real thing
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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

Yeah, the e-books make my eyes hurt a lot, too. I know their easier to read, but I don't really like them. I'd rather pay extra for a real book than buy a cheeper one if it's an e-book. Their not that much more, and they'll last longer, too.

 

As far as the cell phone thing goes, they aren't written by "real" authors, so that might kind of stink to read. Plus, it would wrack up your phone bill, which would not be fun. 

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Re: Anybody heard about cell phone novels yet?

i agree...real books are soo much better
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