October 24, 2021

Thumbs Race as Japan’s Best Sellers Go Cellular in New York Times

 Thanks to Beth Bloomfield for letting me know about this article.

“TOKYO — Until recently, cellphone novels — composed on phone keypads by young women wielding dexterous thumbs and read by fans on their tiny screens — had been dismissed in Japan as a subgenre unworthy of the country that gave the world its first novel, “The Tale of Genji,” a millennium ago. Then last month, the year-end best-seller tally showed that cellphone novels, republished in book form, have not only infiltrated the mainstream but have come to dominate it”

Get the full article here in the New York Times.

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