What's Up With Wattpad?

Kids these days, eh? Always wandering around with their noses in their iPhones, up to no good. Well, maybe not. Because lots of them are using an app called Wattpad which might just be the biggest revolution in reading you’ve never heard of. The Toronto-based Wattpad began in 2007, initially providing a mobile platform for 17,000 public domain works from Project Gutenberg. By June 2009, the Wattpad app had been downloaded 5 million times. Fast forward to today, and Wattpad is the world’s largest reading and writing community. I have had lots of teachers tell me that kids are getting into reading e-books on their smartphones in a big way, but I was short of hard numbers. Here are some from Read More…

What’s Up With Wattpad?

Kids these days, eh? Always wandering around with their noses in their iPhones, up to no good. Well, maybe not. Because lots of them are using an app called Wattpad which might just be the biggest revolution in reading you’ve never heard of. The Toronto-based Wattpad began in 2007, initially providing a mobile platform for 17,000 public domain works from Project Gutenberg. By June 2009, the Wattpad app had been downloaded 5 million times. Fast forward to today, and Wattpad is the world’s largest reading and writing community. I have had lots of teachers tell me that kids are getting into reading e-books on their smartphones in a big way, but I was short of hard numbers. Here are some from Read More…

Guest post by David Wright – Serialization: A Timely Return for the Digital Age?

One of the most exciting aspects of the indie revolution is seeing writers moving beyond straitjacketed definitions of what a story or book should be. We have seen a resurgence in short stories, a rebirth of the novella, and, as you will see below, some fascinating experiments with serialized fiction. All of these forms were held back by the economics of print and the risk-averse nature of publishers and agents. Self-publishers, of course, are free to publish whatever they like. Today, I have an excellent guest post from one half of a writing duo that is doing just that – with great results. Here’s David Wright: “To be continued…” I first discovered these three magical words in the pages of comic Read More…