New in Japan: Cell Phone Picture Books

080824_11Mobile phone novels were hot last year. But reading an entire novel on your cell phone screen, no matter how cool it sounds, can be really tasking. That’s why, in March, a Japanese printing company debuted its first cell phone picture book. 

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.

Press release (Japanese)

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