Global. Mobile. Social.

Ether Books is a new mobile social reading platform, connecting Writers and Readers around the world. Ether publishes "made for mobile" Quick Reads straight to Smart Phones, the fastest growing digital reading device on the planet. Discover talented new and bestselling writers right from your pocket.

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Executive Team

Maureen Scott

CEO & Co-founder Maureen has extensive experience in the mobile content industry and was a founder director of the Mobile Marketing Association. Extensive start-up experience includes Trivanti, the first mobile internet start-up launched in 2000 by Psion PLC. In Corporate Development at Openwave PLC, a very acquisitive mobile internet start-up, her biggest deal was the $122M acquisition of Musiwave, a French mobile music start-up.

Andrew Hayward

Managing Director Andrew has had a distinguished career in the UK Publishing industry. With nearly thirty years of experience with Penguin Pearson and Constable & Robinson, where he was sales and marketing director and then commercial director. He was chair of the Books N ginger group which, amongst other successes, initiated what is now the UK version of World Book Day. He was also on the export committee of the Publishers Association. Has also acted as publishing advisor to the Donmar Theatre and to the Forum for International Research and Development.

Jon Pickles

CFO Jon is an experienced CFO with a strong technology background. He was part of the management team that sold Intellexis International for £2.2 million, before as CFO he led the growth of AIM-quoted ILX Group plc from £1m to £14m turnover through acquisition and international expansion. He has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from London University and is a chartered global management accountant.


CTO Tree worked as technical architect and manager at a bunch of startups (Gabble, GameWorld7, NoodleHeaven, The Filter). He has worked through games, interactive music, recommendations and marketing technology spaces, with recent roles as Head of Tech at Gabble and as VP Engineering at The Filter developing technology strategy and product portfolio.

Non-Executive Board

Andrew Wyatt

Chairman Over 20 years experience within the IT sector working for pioneering companies such as Lotus Development who led the establishment of the PC, who instigated the Mobile internet revolution and Apertio who defined the Telco Subscriber Data Management market. A highly successful CxO level entrepreneur, adept at working with small ideas and growing them in to world beating companies. 4 successful exits - Lotus Development ($3.52bn), Paragon Software ($515m), Apertio ($200m) & Clearswift ($50m).

Dr Mike Jones

Co-founder Mike has been CTO and CIO at several startup companies and large-scale operations, prior to founding Ether Books. Recent startup successes include: OD2, acquired by LoudEye/Nokia; Exec Appointments, acquired by Pearson Group; and The Filter which is privately held. Mike built the first version of the Ether platform and was the founding CTO/COO at Ether Books.

Mark Gretton

Non-Executive Director Mark has a long history in consumer electronics. He was a founder and CTO of a high tech start-up in the eighties then went on to hold various senior technology management positions in Psion including joining the executive board of Psion Software which was spun out to form Symbian. He then spent seven years as CTO of TomTom where he oversaw exponential growth . Since 2011 he has been a founder and non-executive director at Crave Interactive, a start-up focused on the hospitality IT market.


Margaret Gold

Business Launch Specialist Margaret is a mobile industry veteran and one of the Founders of Over the Air, the UK's premier mobile developer event. As an innovation & business launch specialist she has worked with a wide range of start-ups and corporate ventures. Past projects include launching the Mobile Application Centre at Imperial College, advising Vodafone Betavine, re-positioning Mobillcash for acquisition, and rolling out the LUUP UK business.

Everyone Else!

Helen Fleming

Helen Fleming

Content Curator
Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan

Content Curator
Neil van Raalte

Neil van Raalte



Discover & Read

Enjoy a 15 minute read from new & famous, and up-and-coming writers across a range of genres Crime and Thriller, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Poetry, Feel Good, Horror, Erotica, and more.

Join our Community

Connect with like-minded readers and writers to share favourite stories on Twitter and Facebook, discuss endings, plots, the weather...

Try for Free

With around one third of our stories available free of charge, it's easy to discover new writers you'll want to come back to again and again. The app is free to download.

Browse the Store

For less than a cup of coffee, buy and collect a lifetime of stories that you'll love to share and re-read - accessible both online and off!

Get Published, Get Paid

Finally, a publishing platform built to connect writers with readers, that puts writers at the heart of the community. Find out more.

Help & Support

Contact the friendly Ether team for help with any problems with your app or submissions.


Here's a sneak preview of the next version of our app coming late 2012.

Coming soon to Android and iPhone


  • "Ether is the new global swimsuit of writing – small is alluring when the content is strong!"

    Michael Codgill
  • "Mobile phones and short stories were pretty much made for one another."

    Toby Litt
  • "... That's what I really like about being part of the Ether Community, it's not something faceless or cold, it's a warm and welcoming environment to write in and one that supports its writers like a proud parent. I'm a very proud Etherite!"

    Niecy O’Keeffe
  • "... it's a great outlet for short stories, which many writers don't have"

    Sir Paul McCartney
  • "... This is most certainly the future and allows people to buy and read what they fancy immediately"

    Samia Rida
  • "Ether's App is a perfect pocket-sized entertainment solution for booklovers."

    Lynsey May
  • "Short stories create those moments when you're lost in another world. Mobile is the perfect place to find them."

    Deborah Rickard
  • "The Ether App is a perfect way of sneaking in a bit of quiet, palm-sized escapism."

    Rachel Carter
  • "I love the format of the short story as it's a treat you can eat between meals without spoiling your appetite."

    Samantha Hall
  • "I'm very happy that it means the short story writer is no longer considered the novelist's poor relation. Suddenly shorts are HOT!"

    Susan Howe


  • First chapter preview from Orion Books!

    4 November 2014 - Read the first chapter of Vanessa Lafaye's new novel Summertime, published in 2015 by Orion Books.
  • We're a 'Discovering Start-Ups' winner!

    1 October 2013 - Ether Books came away with one of the awards from this competition, judged by some stellar industry experts. Discover Start-ups Winners.
  • Ether Books shortlisted for UKBAA Investment Award

    25 July 2013 - The UK Business Angel Association have announced that Ether Books are up for the Best Female Investment of the Year! UKBAA news and award shortlists.
  • IDGConnect interview Ether Books founders

    26 Apr 2013 - Maureen and Mike talk to Kathryn Cave about their plan to take on the world. Read the interview here.
  • Constable & Robinson and Ether Books announce global trial

    15 Apr 2013 - Ether Books has announced its first publishing contract in the UK with Constable & Robinson. See the full press release for all the details.
  • Ether Books wins prestigious Technology Strategy Board competition

    10 Apr 2013 - Ether Books has been chosen as one of the top start-ups in the publishing space. We've won a stand at London Book Fair April 15 - 17th, 2013, so visitors will now find us on stand Z505 near the Digital Zone.
  • Etherbooks, a top 50 startup at Dublin Web Summit

    19 Oct 2012 - Blogtrepreneur has put Etherbooks in their list of top startups out of the Dublin Web Summit
  • Maureen Scott interviewed for

  • Etherbooks mentioned in The Sunday Times

    In the column "Planet of the apps" by Matt Bingham, Etherbooks was one of the three apps reviewed in the article "Publishing your own stories".
  • Etherbooks shortlisted for prestigious Mobile Entertainment Award

    Shortlisted for the prestigious Mobile Entertainment Award in the "Best Mobile Book Company" category, Ether Books provides the best quality contemporary Quick Reads direct to your mobile phone.
  • Hilary Mantel interviewed at the London Book Fair

    "Most authors are also great readers, and the thought of being able to carry a library about (through Ether Books) in a gadget of this size is so alluring. It's a tremendous opportunity to give our work a new and different life, and to reach a new (mobile) readership."
  • Ether Books at the London Book Fair


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