Ether Books

Ether Books

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What is Ether Books?

Ether Books' Quick Publishing (EQP) technology platform enables new and famous writers to get published, get paid, and engage directly with a global digital e-reading audience. Ether's consumer products target smartphone and tablet users globally, a market expected to surpass 1 billion smartphone devices alone by the end of 2013.

Ether focuses on publishing made-for-mobile "Quick Reads", reading content designed to be read in less than 15 minutes. Ether welcomes submissions from new writers! Writers of poetry, flash fiction, essays, articles or blogs are welcomed by Ether. Ether also works with large publishers provided they have global rights to their reading content.

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How does it work?

The Ether Quick Publishing (EQP) Platform is an end-to-end technology platform that enables individual writers, or any rights holder, to operate their own storefront on Ether's platform. Ether's platform supports ePub (the publishing industry technical standard), making it easy for traditional publishers to publish "first chapters" or other content on Ether's platform. The only requirement is that the rights holder has global rights for the content.

As an Ether Writer you can start your own discussion groups, or join in on discussion groups where your Quick Read is being discussed. Readers can also direct message you to give you invaluable feedback about your work.

Ether Writers have an official "Ether Writer" badge in the app. Writers who submit their content to Ether as part of our contests have a contest badge on their Writer profile, indicating that the content has not been curated by Ether.

Ether has created a "one-stop shop" for writers to manage their writing career or hobby and engage directly with a global smartphone reading audience.

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How do I access and download Quick Reads?

Ether Quick Reads are available on our app, which you can find in the Apple app store (for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices).

The app is free to download and offers readers a huge selection of free and paid Quick Reads. Consumers can rate and review Quick Reads, post their reviews to Facebook and Twitter, and join discussion groups with other readers and Ether Writers.

If you don't have an iOS or Android device, you can still find their favourite Ether writer using Ether's Facebook integrated mobile web app, catalog.etherbooks.com. This means Ether writers can tell all their Facebook friends to check out their Ether profile on Facebook.

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How do I use the Ether app?

We have separate FAQs for the apps. Pick your flavour:

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Can I read Quick Reads from your website?

To read any Ether Quick Reads you will need an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet like the Nexus 7.

Writers use Ether's website to:

  • Submit content.
  • Access the eQuip Writers' Hub, a self-service interface where you can change your photo, bio, and other information. With eQuip, writers can also track their download statistics and receive updates from Ether Books.

Writers can do all of this by logging in at writers.etherbooks.com.

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What is the Facebook app?

Ether has a Facebook integrated mobile web app (catalog.etherbooks.com) where you can browse Ether Writers and "like" individual Quick Reads, as well as reading reviews and ratings. You an also log in with Facebook to organise your wish lists and view your downloads. It's handy for providing quick web links to in-app writers and stories.

This Facebook integration also allows you to share your own ratings and reviews on the Ether app with all your Facebook friends.

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How do I submit?

Anyone can submit a story or article. You will first need to register with us. To do this, head to writers.etherbooks.com and hit REGISTER in the top right corner.

Once you've completed the registration process, you'll be taken to the eQuip Writer's Hub when you log in. Select SUBMIT MORE from the right-hand menu to be taken to the submission page.

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What happens after I submit my Quick Read?

All submissions are reviewed by our team, with the exception of contest submissions. If the story is accepted by Ether it will be set us as a a free or paid download. In the future, Ether writers will be able to price their own work; for now Ether determines if the Quick Read is free or paid.

Ether has an internal Quality Assurance process and not all submitted content is approved. We may ask you to resubmit if we like the piece but it needs some work or editing. We are more than happy to introduce writers to Ether approved editors.

Our QA process is modelled after the very successful Apple App Store ecosystem.

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Does Ether require exclusive rights for its publications?

Nope! Ether's ethos is that as a writer you should retain the rights to your work. Our Terms & Conditions allow writers and publishers to rent space on Ether's platform. Ether will publish previously published works if approval from previous publishers is granted, and if the work can be published globally.

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If I've already been published elsewhere, can I publish with Ether?

You can publish with Ether as long as you own the rights to your story, or have permission from your previous publisher. It's always good form to ask! Usually publishers request a note of first publication, appended either to the start or the end of the story.

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What are the levels of membership?

There are two levels of membership. Bronze is a standard free membership with 5 submissions a year and your submissions will be reviewed within 3 months of the submission date.

For an annual payment of £25, you can upgrade to Silver membership, which entitles you to 10 submissions a year with a review period of up to 14 working days.

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How do I keep track of my submissions?

To track your submissions, login at writers.etherbooks.com to access the eQuip Writer's Hub. Click 'My Account' from the right-hand menu to view how many submissions you have left. Click 'My Submissions' to see which are under review.

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How does pricing work? Why are my Quick Reads free?

Quick Reads are provided as either free or paid downloads. As a new writer, we encourage you to offer at least one Quick Read as a free download as you start to build your reading audience on Ether's platform. Readers "follow" Ether Writers straight from the app and receive a notification each time you publish a new Quick Read. This is an immediate call to action for readers to download your new Quick Read.

Currently Ether staff price all Quick Reads. In the future Ether writers and publishers will be able to set their own prices. The current policy is that Ether prices Quick Reads of under 1,000 words as free. All Quick Reads are curated by Ether staff, who decide on an individual basis if the Quick Read will initially be free or paid. Our most successful writers have a mix of both.

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Why do paid downloads take longer to publish?

Ether has two versions of its consumer apps; one for Apple devices and one for Android devices. The Apple and Google app stores are very different when it comes to their internal pricing and approval processes.

Ether can publish free Quick Reads immediately; paid content in the Apple app store requires approval by Apple. We like to think its really great that Apple takes the time to approve each and every one of our Paid Quick Reads—but it slows us down!

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Where are my download figures?

When you login at writers.etherbooks.com, you'll be taken to the eQuip Writer's Hub. Select 'My Statistics' from the right-hand menu.

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When will I be paid?

When consumers buy Quick Reads, they are using the billing systems provided by Apple and Google's Play Store. Both pay Ether in 30 day billing cycles that differ in each app store. Ether wants to make revenue-share payments to our writers as quickly as possible, so we have chosen to work with PayPal for this.

As soon as writers accrue £10 net revenue share we will automatically make a payment into your PayPal account. You can track the paid and free downloads through our eQuip self-service interface.

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