Pro footballer Richard Lee writes autobiography on a BlackBerry Bold

By Michelle Haag on 8 Feb 2012 05:00 am EST
Richard Lee autobiography
We all have our own reasons for sticking with BlackBerry, and one that we hear time and again is the indispensable keyboard. A lot of converts to other platforms brush it aside, saying keyboards are overrated and out-of-style, but then a story like this pops up and reconfirms just how much we rely on those smooth QWERTY keys.

Richard Lee is a professional English footballer currently playing for Brentford as goalkeeper. There came a point in his career where he considered quitting altogether, but instead he chose to fight for his place on the team and ended up writing a book about the challenges he faced. What's unique about Richard's book, is that all 50,000 words were written on his BlackBerry Bold. In a recent interview, Richard revealed that he actually started out writing a blog for his website, but before long was 10,000 words in and had a lot more to say. You can read an excerpt from the interview after the break, where Richard goes into further detail about why he wrote the book on his BlackBerry, and why he chose that over a different type of phone. (Spoiler: It's the keyboard!)

This isn't the first time a book has been written on a BlackBerry. CrackBerry member Jessica Meigs wrote a novel on her BlackBerry as well, and even paid tribute to Kevin in the story, naming a virus after him. You can find out more about Jessica and her zombie horror series The Becoming on her blog,

Mobilesplease: What prompted you to write the book?
Richard Lee: In some ways it happened by accident. It began as being a blog for my website and before I knew it I’d written 10,000 words and was only 15 games into the season. It was at this point that I realised I was onto something quite unique. I’d certainly never had a season like it and to use a cliché it certainly was a ‘roller coaster’ of a season. As luck would have it I mentioned the idea to a friend who had recently had a book published, he introduced me to the publisher and the rest is history as they say!

MP: Is it true that you wrote it on a BlackBerry mobile phone?
RL: It is yes. I organize my life via my BlackBerry if I’m honest. I have a habit of getting to training at 6.30am, even though we’re not due to report until 9.30am as this gives me the perfect opportunity to have some quiet time to reply to emails, plan my week and in this case, write my book!

MP: What BlackBerry model do you have?
RL: It’s the BlackBerry Bold model. For me it’s essential that I have a keypad, I’m now at a point where I don’t need to look at the screen, similar to those who Touch-type on a keyboard, I can write long emails and texts incredibly quickly, perhaps even faster than I could on a keyboard itself. That coupled with BBM, the ease at which I can use social media and stay in touch with the world made it a no-brainer for me in choosing this phone.

MP: Why did you choose a BlackBerry over something like an iPhone?
RL: For the lifestyle I lead, having to reply to hundreds of emails a day, the BlackBerry makes far more sense. The iPhone is a lot of fun but I couldn’t imagine it enabling me to be anywhere near as efficient as I am on a BlackBerry.

MP: Do you have plans to write another book, and if so, will you be writing it on your phone again?
RL: Yes and yes! I wrote a lot of my previous book while sunbathing last summer on holiday, which made the whole process of writing it an immense amount of fun! As soon as inspiration comes to write a sentence or a paragraph or two I will begin to type it into my notes in my phone. Once finished, I simply email the notes to myself ready to be sent to the publisher, it was such a simple process and one I would happily do again.

Source: mobilesplease

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Pro footballer Richard Lee writes autobiography on a BlackBerry Bold


Nice story! Not sure if I'd want to read about a guy who plays for Brentford lol... they are like what 9th or 10th in League 1 right now? lol

If Richard used ExSafe for Documents to Go on his Bold then he would not have to email his different versions back and forward. Something any writer should not be without when they are on the go or accountant wanting to modify spreadheets. Especially with the premium version of Docs2Go on all OS 7 BlackBerry installed free.

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WHO is Richard Lee ?? What is Brentford? I am a soccer-fan and I have never heard of the Guy or his team. Not very interesting article. Quite pathetic!

As you called it soccer then I guess your talking about american football.
This is one of the UK football teams in London :p

It's not so much an article about the guy, it's about the fact that he wrote a 50,000 word book on his BlackBerry, and plans to write more. Sorry that you find that pathetic, but there are plenty of readers who would disagree with you. :)

This proves once again that BlackBerry is a super efficient smartphone for everyone who needs to get things done and be in touch with everyone in their life!! And with more than 60,000 Apps even if you want to entertain yourself!!! I looove BlackBerry!!!!!

50,000 words? Psh. That's, like, half the length of ONE book in my trilogy lol. (And that's not the ONLY thing I've written on a BlackBerry. I've got a novella in the works that's coming soon that's 100% written on my BlackBerry just for the fun of it.)

I wonder how HIS thumbs feel...better not have used a bluetooth keyboard. That's totally cheating.

That said, thanks for the namedrop/mention of me and my trilogy series thing! Anybody reading the comments, I'd be thrilled if you'd pick up a copy of the book(s) and maybe rate/review them on Amazon/Goodreads/B&N/whereveryouwant! :) Go check out how Kevin ends the world. :P

Jessica Meigs

Cool story I enjoyed that. Kind of motivates me to write a book about my experiences as a soldier in todays army. To bad I can't publish it until I would get out.

I've written a number of short stories, and even some longer ones on my various BlackBerrys over the years. Now, I'm using one to organize my writing for even more future projects. I cannot see writing extensively on a phone without a keyboard. It just isn't comfortable, for me.

If anything, why BlackBerry to write a long project? Simple, some of us can type faster on a BlackBerry keyboard than a regular computer keyboard.

For those of you that have not heard of Richard, I would like to offer another person who wrote chunks of text (to be used by his ghost writer in his autobiography) using his BlackBerry. He is a guitarist who played in Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, some of you may have heard of him. He goes by the name of Slash!