Best known as an Internet service where the eBooks reside primarily on their servers to be accessed via smartphone, Shortcovers is now joining conventional eBookstores in offering fully-downloadable ePub eBooks.
There hasn’t been any formal announcement of this, with it being called a “stealth feature” for the present time.
However, I can confirm that the ePubs use Adobe DRM and can also be copied onto a Sony Reader just like other Adobe DRMed ePub eBooks.
To quickly find them, search for “ePub” (no quotes). That returned fifty listings, but not all were ePubs. Look for the wee Adobe logo in the listing, as highlighted here in red:
Here it is explicitly in the single eBook listing:
This might not seem like a big deal, but it is.
I know that Shortcovers is more open to small press publishers than, for example, the Sony eBook Store. One of the upcoming eBooks you will find on Shortcovers — and nowhere else — is Twisthorn Bellow from Atomic Fez Publishing.
It’s this kind of thing that will give Shortcovers a huge advantage over its competitors. This is great for writers as well as readers.