qian fuchang and the text-message novel

The BBC News and every second news media are reporting about Chinese author Qian Fuchang, who has written a novel which will be only available through text messaging.

Qian Fuchang has reduced his novel Outside the Fortress Besieged into 60 chapters of 70 characters each, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported.

Described as a “steamy tale of illicit love among already married people”, the novel will be available exclusively to mobile phone users.

China’s expanding mobile phone market already has 300 million.

Xie Wangxin, vice chairman of the Guangdong Literary Academy in southern China, told Xinhua that the mobile phone novel was no gimmick and would be “a real literary work”.