More about novels on cellphones

Eoin Purcell

Or as we call them Mobiles
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on Cellphone novels in Japan in case you missed the recent NY Times piece:

According to industrywide data cited by Japan’s largest cellphone operator NTT DoCoMo Inc., sales from mobile-book and comic-book services are expected to more than double, to more than $200 million from about $90 million last year.

Prompted by this post by James Bridle, I downloaded A Tale of Two Cities to my mobile and frankly I’m in love with the idea. I’ve already read a few chapters while dallying around and suspect it will form the basis for my public transport/bored in company reading for days to come!

Read the articles then download a book!

Freakonomics now a New York Times blog

Eoin Purcell

How Strange
The Freakonomics blog moved yesterday from its own dedicated site to a new home at the New York Times. Stephen Dubner has a long post explaining the reasons here.

I guess we should not be too surprised. The value of a site and community like Freakonomics is very clear. The monetizing potential must be high. Sites like it are the model most publishers think of when they think of online communities built around books and authors.

All in all I think this is both a good day for digital content publishers (and book publishers in general) but a bad day I should think for the actual publisher of Freakonomics, William Morrow. Surely they must be reluctant to see such a property go to another publisher, even one as powerful as the NYT. They are left with a much less attractive site to promote the book itself? Was there a deal done int he background?