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Would You Use This New Service On Your iPad?

UK newspaper the Independent published an article today discussing a new service launching in December called Short List Press. The service plans to build on that great publishing tradition, the Short Story, by offering 99p short stories by various authors around the Globe, in the English language.

These will range from 2,500 to 15,000 words in length and will be designed for reading on portable devices like the iPad and iPhone, as well as the Kindle and other eBook readers.

Short List Press are also asking for original, previously unpublished, submissions from authors that are "great literary/upmarket fiction which is plot-driven, has an original voice and is fresh and vibrant".

We think it is an interesting move and one that intrigues us as we watch closely the impact devices like the iPad have on the Publishing industry. We would encourage you to check out the article, especially if you enjoy reading more than the odd webpage on your device.

Are you reading full length books on your iPad? Would you be more inclined to buy short stories and read these on your iPad? What do you think of Short List Press's plans? Let us know in the comments below.

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Reader Comments (7)

I've been using iPad almost exclusively for reading full length books since launch and the convenience has meant I've been reading much more since iPad launched than I had been before. I think Short List have a decent price point and good concept but will have a difficult time getting enough people to know their store exists without the content being integrated into either iBooks or Amazon. I hope they do well, iPad has a lot of untapped potential as a reading device.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai Shimizu

Thanks for commenting Tai - it looks like Clare Hey, the person behind Shortlist Press, is going to offer the stories through Amazon, which means she will take a hit on Amazon's cut, but the audience should be larger. iBooks wasn't mentioned though. It is going to be an interesting one to watch for sure.

November 29, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I must have missed that line. I'll probably use it through Kindle to reduce clutter.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai Shimizu

Full length novels were the first things I downloaded to my iPad. I still like the feel of a printed book, but love even more that when insomnia visits --which is often -- I can read on the iPad in the middle of the night without having to turn a light on. I also like the convenience of being able to immediately look up words in on line dictionaries, or call up maps or other references mentioned in the book I'm reading. Yes, I'd likely download the short stories, but am even more excited at sending in some submissions to them.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaryl

Thanks for mentioning Shortlist Press. The plan is indeed to sell through the iBookstore too. If you are interested, please do visit our website to sign up for our mailing list.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare Hey

Caryl - Thanks for commenting and letting us know how you have been using your iPad for reading and research. If you are successful in your submissions do let us know.

December 1, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Hi Clare - you're welcome and thank you for clarifying about your planned presence in iBooks, we will be watching out for your short stories in the store. Let us know if you have anything else to share, we would be happy to mention it. We are signed up to the mailing list.

December 1, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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