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Published on Sep 15, 2009
Reading while commuting has always been a great way to pass the time. And novel-reading on cell phones gained traction in Japan a few years ago when classic novels became available. In fact, popular, serial short novels written out on cell phones as text messages have recently made the jump from simple time-wasters to best-selling books. The cell phone novel idea still hasnt really taken hold in North America, but the recent sold-out success of Amazons Kindle launch and their purchase of audible.com suggest that E-reading may be coming to North America in a big way. The Kindle, the Sony Reader, the CyBook and other E-readers let users download multiple books and read them on-the-go. Philips Readius combines the best of both worlds by acting as a cell phone and an E-reader. The fact that 5 of the top 10 novels in Japan were originally created as cell phone novels suggests that E-readers might become a staple feature in all future mobile devices.