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Can't type on your cell phone? The Japanese laugh at you

Published Dec 10th, 2007 6:12PM EST

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If you’re frustrated when your cell phone chooses “home” instead of “good” when you’re typing, imagine typing an entire novel on it. Amazingly, that’s what half of Japanese best-selling authors do. Roughly 400,000 copies per novel are averaged by the top 10 selling works in Japan, and half of them come from thumbs. Most are uploaded to internet sites and then pushed to subscribers, and according to some of the most notorious authors, it’s the wave of the future. Masayoshi Yoshino, the president of Goma Books, is proclaiming that “this not simply as a fad, but as a new kind of culture.” Better be prepared to juggle “see” and “are” more successfully than you do now!