HOME TECH TRENDS ONLINE SAFETY SOCIAL NETWORKING APP COLLECTIONS HOW-TO THE ONLINE MOM BLOG ARCHIVE EN ESPAÑOL
Technology A-Z
 
The Internet
 
Tech Hardware
 
Tech Software
 
Video Games
 
Protecting Your Children
 
FAQs
 
Getting Help
 
The Online Mom Network
 


Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?


The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

Get Ready for the Cell Phone Novel!



By Sarah Klein

The Kindle and other e-Readers are slowly catching on, but I have yet to see a backpack-wielding teenager skimming an eBook. In Japan, however, teens are into electronic reading. On their cell phones!

The cell phone novel craze reached a peak in Japan in 2007, when five of the top ten best-selling Japanese novels were original cell phone compositions. Writers type the novels, called keitai shosetsu, on their cell phones, and then upload them to media-sharing sites, where millions of readers download new chapters onto their own phones. It didn’t take long for publishers to take notice: some of the best cell phone novels are now paperbacks, movies, and Japanese comics. In 2007, keitai shosetsu became a $240 million market, comprising over 5 percent of the country’s total market for mobile content, according to CNN.

Now a publishing phenomenon, cell phone novels are helping teens and young adults—mostly women—read and write in ways they never did before. Many use the medium to express concerns or share stories of young love, drugs and even disease—topics usually considered taboo in Japanese culture.

The short sentences and simple themes read more like comics than traditional novels, but publishing representatives told CNN this is what is attracting the young readers. That and the pervasiveness of cell phones: in Japan, 96 percent of Japanese high school students own one.
Now cell phone novels are slowing in Japan after their 2007 rise to fame. But many commentators believe countries like the U.S. may be next,  as mobile networks and data plans have become faster and cheaper. Japanese sites for uploading cell phone novels are expanding to English-language, U.S. based sites, like MobaMingle, the global site from Japanese company DeNA.

Not that American parents are looking for more reasons for their teens to be glued to their cell phones! Luckily, there’s some good news about cell phone novels. Yukiko Nishimura, a professor from Toyo Gakuen University in Japan, recently presented research at a UC Davis conference showing that cell phone novels may help teens become more interested in literature. Nishimura found that cell phone novels are written at a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level, not a far cry from the fifth- to ninth-grade reading levels of most popular teen novels. She referred to the trend as “a new genre.”

While cell phone novels are only beginning to infiltrate American culture, writers, readers, and critics eagerly await to see where mobile reading will take us.



Comments:
Comment by Saoirse Redgrave, posted 7/9/2009, 8:08 PM:

There's great potential in writing & reading venues provided by cell phones. I hope as this phenomenon infiltrates American culture through sites like Textnovel.com people read & explore widely. My YA novel (winner of the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world, through Textnovel.com), "13 to Life: A Werewolf's Tale" earned me a multi-book deal with St. Martin's Press. Book 1 releases next Spring & I look forward to talking to teens about all aspects of the writer's journey.
Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Name:
Email:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Yes
No
Not Sure




© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.