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October 20, 2005

A serialized book to the phone? Try poems

Stephen Baker

Here's Cory Doctorow's latest book as an RSS feed that can be sent to a mobile phone in installments. (Thanks O'Reilly)Interesting technology, I'd say, wrong content--with no offense to Doctorow. This is the perfect application for poems. It could bring about a poetic revival.

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Over in Japan, mobile phones have been credited with creating a resurgence in a 1,300-year-old type of poetry called Tanka:

http://www.thefeaturearchives.com/topic/Culture/Melding_The_Old_and_The_New.html

Posted by: Carlo Longino at October 20, 2005 12:51 PM

a blog topic

syndicates worldwide

to audience discord--

unnoticed on phone

a group txts in harmony

Posted by: David Harper at October 21, 2005 01:33 PM

dave, you're a poet and i didn't even know it!

yeah, books on phones can be a drag. it's not so much the reading as the scrolling.

and, book reading is a foreground activity, so it's best to have a device better suited for such reading.

audiobooks, though harder to produce, are more amenable to the moble lifestyle.

Posted by: charlie at October 23, 2005 07:50 AM

I agree. Text heavy works can be a drag unless you're really hungry for a daily fix of literary escape.

What is rarely mentioned when the topic of the popularity of mobile books in Japan is referenced is the fact these mobile works are mostly Manga or limited to small chunks of text. Content that make sense for the medium. No scrolling. Content simply delivered one frame at a time. That works.

Posted by: David Harper at October 23, 2005 11:03 AM

Agreed that text heavy content to the phone is probably not ideal, but your post misses the more fundamental point that this is a serialized RSS feed...useful for any kind of serialized content. And being RSS means you can send it pretty much anywhere. Mobile is one option, but you can also read it in your regular RSS reader or even sundicate it to your TV.

Posted by: Charles at October 26, 2005 05:53 PM

You make a good point Charles.

Posted by: David Harper at November 1, 2005 02:53 PM


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