So. What are Guardian Shorts?

Guardian Shorts consist of two distinct types of ebook – original writing and curated collections.

Guardian Shorts Originals are short-form, non-fiction ebooks. Our aim is to bring you great stories and defining issues in ebooks that take an hour or two to read. Above all, we want our readers to have their interests piqued, their imaginations sparked and their perspectives enriched. We publish at least one title a month (quite often 2), and if you’d like to receive an email each time a new Original title comes out, please sign up to our mailing list.

The Curated Collections are based on the most popular series and subjects published by the Guardian. Here they are, brought together for you in neatly structured ebooks ready to download, take away and read at your leisure. Each Curated Collection has new editorial content, providing additional context and storytelling.

We also have a small series of Guardian Masterclass ebooks – practical guides to creative problems.


Sounds great! How do I read them?

You can read Guardian Shorts on your ereader, tablet and smartphone, depending on what you carry in your pocket.

You can buy Guardian Shorts from a variety of different places, including Amazon, the iBookstore, Kobo, Google Play and Nook. If you can’t find them on your preferred store, please let us know and we’ll sort it out (or tell you why we can’t).

Each ebook details page has a series of handy buttons directing you to different retailers. You can also buy directly from Guardian Shorts – simply choose that option and then click ‘Checkout’ from within the basket (you’ll find the basket at the top of the screen). The checkout is powered by the smart people at Firsty Group and payments are handled by Sage Pay. (For a full FAQ on buying your ebooks directly, click here.)


Well that doesn’t sound hard. What do they cost?

If you live in the UK, Guardian Shorts cost £1.99. If you’re in the US, Australia, a euro country or Canada, they are [your currency] 2.99.


What great value for over an hour’s stimulating reading! What can I expect in a Guardian Short Original?

Most of our ebooks are text-based, some have images and illustration and our multimedia edition of Firestorm has a series of videos as well as some incredible photography. Mostly though, we want to make sure that our ebooks can be read on as wide a variety of devices as possible and at small file sizes, can be downloaded in a flash no matter where you are.

If you’d like to try before you buy, visit any of the details pages for the Originals and you’ll find an edited extract from the book to whet your appetite.


This has been very helpful. What do I do if I have more questions or suggestions for the series?

If you have any more questions, you can find our contact form here. That might help for suggestions too, and if you are a writer and would like to submit an idea, you can use it to send us your pitch. We will always do our very best to respond to you quickly, comprehensively and in good humour.


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