September 19, 2004

Chinese try out text msg novel

If you are a Chinese mobile user, you will be able to read an entire novel via text messages. Chinese author Qian Fuchang has cut down his original novel into bite-sized chunks for transmission by text message.

Called Outside the Fortress Besieged, it tells of the effect of an extra-marital love affairs on relationships.
The rights to the novel have been sold for 180,000 yuan (£11,100), reported the Chinese state news agency, Xinhua. ... The work has been cut down to 4,200 characters and will be distributed as 60 chapters of 70 characters each.

As well as getting the novel in SMS chunks, Chinese mobile phone users can choose to have it read to them over the phone or they can read it themselves on a webpage for mobiles.