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Old 06-04-2008, 03:49 AM   #1
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Next hot cell phone trend: picture books?

So over in the land of the rising sun, where reading novels on your cell might already be so passé, there is a new way to pass the time while you're bored on the subway or waiting for the movie to start: flip through picture books on your cell phone. According to Tokyo Mango:

The picture book will be read page by page, like a kamishibai—no scrolling, just clicking from page to page. It will include both popular children's titles and original content. You can buy them online for 100-200 yen each. The company hopes to have 50 titles and 10,000 downloads by September.

The official press release can be found here (in Japanese).

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Old 06-04-2008, 10:19 AM   #2
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hmmmm....a good way to kill time
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:24 AM   #3
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Makes my eyes ache, cellphone screens are a bit too small for my personal comfort.

I foresee a population with a permanent squint and furrowed brows from reading off teeny, tiny screens.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:46 AM   #4
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heh : "opticians the world over rejoiced at the news..."
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:28 PM   #5
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:37 PM   #6
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Makes my eyes ache, cellphone screens are a bit too small for my personal comfort.

I foresee a population with a permanent squint and furrowed brows from reading off teeny, tiny screens.
Ah-HAH!! Another use for my cross-stitch magnifying glasses! Wheeee!
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I wouldn't mind seeing this tried in the U.S. There are all kinds of applications. Kids stories or even comic book stories to some degree. It's worth a shot ... as long as I am not the one who has to front the money!
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I wouldn't mind seeing this tried in the U.S. There are all kinds of applications. Kids stories or even comic book stories to some degree. It's worth a shot ... as long as I am not the one who has to front the money!
Personally (and I'm a little biased, okay, WAY biased ), I think it has great opportunities.

Not neccesarily on a mobile phone (ugh), but the opportunties are almost limitless for these types of e-books on even slightly bigger screens as small as the iPhone.

We, as e-publisher, just need to be able to be more formatting aware and offer it as an option.
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