Promoted by avid readers online, “Deep Love” became a grassroots sensation and was picked up by Starts Publishing and made into a printed book.
The voices of those around her don’t seem to break her concentration.
Like other girls text messaging, surfing the internet and gaming, “kiki” is as skilled as she is serious with her keitai.
By starting each sentence on a new line, kiki captured the choppy conversational rhythm of cell phone-using Japanese teens in a way traditional literature has not.
Literary critic Genichiro Takahashi calls the work “the first masterpiece of the keitai novel genre.” With cell phone sites buzzing with talented amateur writers such as kiki, the publishing industry is heralding the coming of a new demographic of young authors and readers who might change the industry the way kiki challenges the conventional novel.
This is cheaper than phone service, and especially pronounced among the young.
A single message can be 10,000 characters long — enough to pour out a novel’s worth of angst, if one is so inclined.
The works are published in 70-word installments, or abbreviated chapters that are the ideal length to be read between shorter train stops.
This means that, despite small cell phone screens, lots of white space is left for ease of reading.
Often read during long commutes The way it works is this: novels are posted by members of cell phone community sites to be downloaded for free and read on other cell phones.
Reading often takes place in crowded trains during long commutes.
Even a no-name author with a cell phone novel publishing deal enjoyed a first run of between 50,000 and 100,000 copies.