Thumb your way to a fortune on the phone

At last: something to do with your phone while commuting. The Asia-Pacific region is about to get its own world-class book prize—for a novel written on the keypad of a mobile phone. The Australia-Asia Literary Award, sponsored by Western Australia Premier Alan Carpenter is at US$100,000-plus one of the biggest literary awards in the world. It is open to cutting-edge novels designed to be read on mobile phones and computers, as well as traditional books. Funded by the Australian government, it is open to publishers worldwide, without the geographical restrictions of most other awards, although the book has to be set in Asia or Australia.

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