So. What are Guardian Shorts?
Yes, we publish two distinct series of ebooks, available to purchase and read wherever you are in the world.
60-Minute Masterclasses are the ebook counterpart of the Guardian Masterclasses taught courses. Written by the same expert tutors, they distil the essence of the classroom into snappy, practical ebooks on creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Launched in June 2014, the series will grow rapidly over the coming months.
Guardian Shorts Originals, on the other hand, bring you the very best in longform, non-fiction writing. We publish one to two titles a month, and 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 also have a separate range of Curated Collections that gather up the most popular content from the Guardian by subject and make it available in handy ebook format. This is stuff you can’t get anywhere else, including new editorial content as well as fascinating pieces from deep within the Guardian and Observer archives.
Sounds great! How do I read them?
You can read any of our ebooks on your ereader, tablet and smartphone, Mac or PC depending on what you carry in your pocket or have at home.
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).
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?
Guardian Shorts cost £1.99 / $2.99 and our 60-Minute Masterclasses are £2.99 / $4.99.
What great value for over an hour’s stimulating reading! What can I expect in a Guardian Short Original?
Our 60-Minute Masterclasses series are designed to be as engaging and practical as you could wish for. Each author is an expert in their field and the ebooks bring together research and interviews, examples, lessons, anecdotes and practical instruction an exuberant hour-long immersion in your chosen subject.
Guardian Shorts are mostly text-based, although 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.