Novels have been the go-to way of telling and reading stories for centuries. So, what do you do when technology advances and readership of books declines? You adapted. In order to make use of advancing technology and to gain back readers, writers had to adapt in order to survive. This is where things like cell phone novels and eBooks come into play.
Cell phone novels have been around since the early 2000s and originated in Japan. Each chapter can consist of around 70 to 100 words usually and there are a wide variety of genres. Some cell phone novels have been so popular that they’ve been made into television shows and films. They’re simple, easily accessible, and the language used make readers feel like they’re apart of the story.
EBooks are another answer to the declining readership problem and a way to keep up with technology. Having existed since the late 1900s, eBooks never gained a substantial amount of popularity until the release of the Kindle by Amazon in 2007. Portable, backlit to read in the dark, easily accessible, and the ability to basically carry an unlimited amount of books with you at anytime are some of the major positive points of eBooks.
Physical publication is slowly – very slowly – dying out and being replaced by the digital era. Even if cell phone novels and eBooks are the future, people still enjoy the traditional means of reading.