This morning at 6am EST, Shortcovers went live on the web and mobile devices like the iPhone and Blackberry, with pricing in US and Canadian dollars.

Here are some of the Highlights :

  • Users from 56 countries have signed up to Shortcovers
  • Over 1000 of you signed up and downloaded our mobile apps
  • Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’ was the top seller, with President Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope and Gladwell’s The Outliers not far behind
  • Users were buzzing on Twitter all day, including Neil Gaiman!
  • The first user-inspired Shortcovers were submitted
  • We had some great press – Wired really gets what we are trying to do

We also heard from many of you today – some messages of congratulations, questions about other platforms and content, and support issues

Some of your issues:

  • You asked us for a better login on the iPhone
  • You asked us for a bigger, less cluttered reading screen
  • You asked us to let you browse our books by genre
  • You asked us to let you page like you can in other reading apps
  • You asked us for better error messages and navigation, especially when trying to access content with underlying territorial rights restrictions

And for every suggestion and piece of feedback you sent us, we took note, and now we’re taking some actions. We have submitted an updated App to the iTunes Store and are making a number of improvements to our Web experience in the next day or so. In the background, our team is loading thousands of titles per day into the Shortcovers service. We are also working on our next web and mobile releases.


We absolutely value every single comment we’ve received from you. Please keep it coming at, or on

Tomorrow is the second day in the history of Shortcovers.  We’ll have a whole new set of featured content ready for you to discover your next great read, and we will be working tirelessly to earn your business.

Thank You,
The Shortcovers Team