The Guardian has launched Guardian Shorts, a series of e-books based on its journalism. The series will feature topical news articles in several different subject areas such as sport, public policy and cultural events, with the first one entitled Phone Hacking: How the Guardian Broke the Story, which provides a “comprehensive account” of how the scandal unfolded.
The e-books are all in English and cost between £1.99 and £3.99 depending on the subject, length and how much new content they contain and are available on the Kindle internationally and via the iBooks store. Some of the ‘shorts’ will also be available for free.
The Guardian said it plans to produce several Guardian Shorts per month, with the number increasing during a “particularly active news agenda.”
The newspaper said: “If you are a frequent Guardian reader, it is likely that you will have read some of the content that appears in Guardian Shorts previously online or in print. However, each Short will contain new content, including a newly commissioned introduction or overview, a timeline of events where relevant, plus, in some cases, content from our extensive archive which goes back to the newspaper's creation in 1821.”
The shorts will take the form of a journalistic essay of around 5,000 words or a collection of articles up to 30,000 words.