Ether Books, short stories on the move

Ether Books publish short stories, poetry, articles and serials for the iPhone and iTouch (they’ll be available on more platforms soon). They’ve published fiction by authors such as Sir Paul McCartney, Fay Weldon and…


When I first heard about Ether Books, I thought ‘who the hell would want to read a story on their phone?’ but then a friend and fellow OU coursemate Astrid said that she’d had a few stories published by them (as had another fellow OU coursemate Rachel) and so I downloaded Astrid’s story (Snails – check it out, it’s really rather good) to my iPhone and was surprised at just how unlike reading it on a phone it was. You really didn’t notice that you were reading something on a small screen.


A few weeks later, I submitted a story to Ether and a few months later received an email saying they had accepted it.


Oh yes, I was just a bit thrilled. Look, here I am, in a list of authors.

Did you hear that? I’M IN A LIST OF AUTHORS!

The free app is very easy to use. You can browse by bestsellers, what’s hot, authors or genre. Any story under 1,000 words is free, the rest are 69p each. Each story is accompanied by story size, a bit of blurb and you can read the first page before committing yourself.

My stories ‘And The Bride Wore Black‘ and ‘I Can See Through People‘ are available via the free Ether Books app and more information is available on the Ether Books website.



  1. Hi Cathy, and thank you for mentioning my stories on Ether and recommending ‘Snails’ – pleased you liked it! I’m a fan of both your Ether stories – they’re so different from each other, great. Let us have some more!

  2. Hi Cathy from another Ether Author – great idea isn’t it? But I do feel at a disadvantage having 3 stories on there and not having the i-phone to view them! Thanks for giving me an idea of what it looks like. And good luck with your OU course – sounds hard!
    Ali B

  3. Yay! Well done you, from yet another Ether Author. I hope you have more stories in the pipeline.

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