Steve Vosloo
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/ 27 October 2009

m-Novels: the way to get teens reading and writing more?

On 30 September 2009, the world’s first mobile novel — or m-novel — published in both English and isiXhosa was launched. <em>Kontax</em>, a teen mystery story, was created for the Shuttleworth Foundation’s m4Lit project, which I lead. Standing for "mobiles for literacy" the project aims to explore whether teens are interested in reading stories on their cellphones, whether and how they write using their cellphones, and whether cellphones might be used to develop literacy skills and a love of reading.