TORONTO, July 11 /CNW/ - Italian author Robert Bernocco has amazed the
literary world by publishing the world's first book written using a mobile
phone. Bernocco published it on Lulu.com, the online marketplace for digital
content and brain-child of Canadian businessman, Bob Young.
Cristel Lee Leed, European Vice President at Lulu.com, says, "We live in
an age when individuals are strapped for time due to work and family
commitments, and this can often stifle creativity. Robert Bernocco is a great
example of the type of author we often encounter on Lulu - he has not only
been creative with what he has written but also with how he has written it!"
Bernocco took advantage of his idle time while commuting to and from work
by train, writing his 384-page science fiction novel, Compagni di Viaggo
(Fellow Travelers is the English translation), on his Nokia 6630 phone, using
the phone's T9 typing system.
By dividing his manuscript into short paragraphs, Mr. Bernocco wrote his
novel in perfect Italian, not your typical text-message shorthand, and saved
the paragraphs on his mobile phone. Mr. Bernocco then downloaded them onto his
home computer for proofreading and editing. The book took him 17 weeks to
"Only a few years ago I would have struggled to find both the time and
the publisher to enable me to create this book," says Bernocco. "Thanks to my
Nokia and Lulu, I am now proud to be a published author."
About Lulu (www.lulu.com): Founded by Canadian businessman Bob Young,
Lulu.com is the premier marketplace for new digital content on the Internet,
with over 300,000 recently published titles, and more than 4,000 new titles
added each week, created by people in 80 different countries. With just over
1 million registered members, Lulu is changing the world of publishing by
enabling the creators of books, video, periodicals, multimedia and other
content to publish their work themselves with complete editorial and copyright
control. Lulu empowers these individuals and corporations to create
high-quality content products to sell directly to their customers and the rest
of the Lulu.com marketplace. With storefronts provided as well as other
marketing assistance, creators are fully supported to profit from their work.
With offices in Canada, US, and Europe, Lulu customers can reach the globe.
Robert Bernocco works in the IT industry in Piedmont, northern Italy. He
lives near Cuneo, Italy with his wife and son. His book, which is a science
fiction novel set in the future, can be found at:
The T9 system provides a predictive text function and can be found on
many mobile phones.
For further information: visit www.lulu.com, or contact: Andrea Cooper,
LexPR Canada, (416) 542-9140 ext 3363, firstname.lastname@example.org