Mobile Storytelling: Creating and consuming content on cell phones and tablets

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Chapter nine, Mobile Devices: The Birth of New Designs for Small Screens, examines the creation and consumption of stories on cell phones, ereaders, and tablets. Mobile technology allows people to read stories nearly anytime or anywhere. People can carry dozens, even hundreds of books with them wherever they go. They can start reading a story on one device and pick it up where they left off on another, so long as their devices have wireless capabilities.

Ebook sales have surpassed traditional book sales on Amazon. They are less expensive than print volumes, however there is a large front-loaded cost in purchasing an ereader or tablet. This cost can be mitigated by using the Kindle, iBooks, and similar apps on cell phones and computers.

Due to the proliferation of mobile devices developers and creators have had to rethink how they design websites, making them easily readable on the small screens of phones and tablets. Stories have also been optimized for mobile usage. Not only is the text formatted differently, the style and composition have changed. Authors are writing stories that can be finished within the 10-20 minutes people might spend waiting at the doctors office or for a meeting to start.

I read this chapter on my Ipad using the Ibooks app. The app enabled me to highlight sections, take notes on the page, and look up unfamiliar words. I still prefer a physical book, but the advantages of an eBook are too numerous and beneficial to pass up.  I’m able to quickly and cheaply acquire readings for class. I can also carry all of my readings for every class without toting around a heavy bag of books or print off numerous pages. An ereader or tablet is an essential tool for todays student.

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