As per the latest e-reader news, a new publishing company, Ether Books, has rolled out its service of providing essays, short stories and poetry to users on their cellphones. This means good news for avid readers as they will always have what they would like to read no matter where they are. And for this, they are not required to carry any extra device as they can have all that they need right on their cellphones.
For its content, Ether Books is relying directly on the authors instead of publishers and will have a rather small library containing just about 200 items to begin with. This includes new short stories from revered authors like Alexander McCall-Smith or Lionel Shriver. Also available are poetry from Philip Gross, winner of the TS Eliot prize or an essay written by Paul McCartney on the virtues of a vegetarian life style. Then there are quite a few classics from authors like Thomas Hardy or Arthur Conan Doyle that too can be availed of.
Right now, the service would only be available on the iPhone and the iPod Touch though there are plans to include other devices within its gambit. Ether Books are also keen to license its technology to publishers while also providing consulting services in the digital domain.
Short stories has never been popular with readers and is also never easy to sell, a trend that Ether Books hopes will get reversed thanks to their latest app that is primarily suited for reading while on the move.
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