In the Ether
November 23, 2011
For those of you who own an iPhone or iPod Touch, I’ve just been signed up with Ether Books, a ‘mobile publisher’ that provides short stories, essays and other short writing directly to your mobile phone. All you need to do is download the application for free from the Apple App Store.
Ether are doing a great job in reinvigorating interest in short writing, and have been endorsed by writers like Hilary Mantel and Louis de Bernières (who have provided stories for the app). It’s a format that’s just been launched and is very much in the trial stage, but I think it could be a perfect vehicle for the kind of short, snapshot-like pieces I’ve written before when I travel.
So, as a side-project to the book I’m writing for Arcadia, I’ll be publishing short travelogues from my journey, along the lines of my Brief Encounters from Estonia, Ethiopia and India. Have a look at Ether Books and get that app, you iPeople.