On the final day of the Delhi Gymkhana Literature Festival, writers brainstormed on the future of books and debated how the traditional books continue to be cherished in the age of e-books.

Sunil Sethi, Journalist and columnist, revealed big publishers like Chiki Sarkar, the former head of Penguin India who has launched a new publishing venture Juggernaut, are onto something new.

"Chiki's idea is even more interesting, she says you can break a novel into installments. Why can't you make an appointment, for instance on Friday night on your cellphones and that chapter will be delivered to you."

Vikas Swarup, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, and author of the novel 'Q & A' which was adapted into multiple Oscar winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire' said the experiment could be feasible. He pointed out that the Japanese are also looking for doing something on the similar lines.

Swarup argued that the cell-phone novel can come extremely handy for travellers citing the example of Japan where he had a stint as an IFS officer. Jaishree Misra, author, who was part of the panel, supported the idea. She said this could be the future and this is what the publishers are also demanding - to write short stories.