Wattpad & Google bring you stories Now

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Wattpad has partnered with Google to make it easier for Wattpadders to keep track of their stories on Android through Now cards in the Google app. Now cards already bring you helpful info before you have to ask, and now they’ll also bring you updates about your Wattpad stories. For readers, the new Wattpad card shows recent reads from your library and catches you up on the latest updates from a story you’re reading. For writers, the Wattpad card will deliver updates about how the stories you’ve written are ranking in popularity. Never miss out noticing a change in your ranking.

In the coming days, you’ll be able to see the Wattpad Now card on your device. Just make sure you have the Wattpad app downloaded and then tap the Google app icon (make sure you have version 4.1 or newer of the Google app) and the Wattpad cards will appear just when you need them.

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For more information about Now cards, see the Official Google Search Blog, or see a full list of cards.

Welcome to the Block Party

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

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This February, Wattpadder Kelly Anne Blount is hosting the first annual Block Party to celebrate the readers and writers of Wattpad.

Every day in February, a Wattpad writer will be featured in the Block Party story. Each feature will include an exclusive post that the writer has written specifically for this event, and there will be prizes, games, social media events, and loads of interaction with fellow Wattpadders and followers each day. Two well-known Wattpad writers will even be collaborating on a unique story just for the event.

In addition to the daily features, which include New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, there will be a massive giveaway through Rafflecopter. Wattpad writers will be giving away everything from e-books to signed covers of their stories.

To join the party, visit the Block Party story on Wattpad and find out who else will be participating.

A look at 2014

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in HQ, News & Updates

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Read Sandra Brown’s Mirror Image free on Wattpad

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

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New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown just joined Wattpad, and we couldn’t be happier. Sandra has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Sandra will be sharing her NYT bestseller Mirror Image throughout the month of December as a special gift to Wattpad readers. She has already begun serializing the book and will be posting two chapters a day leading up to Christmas, so be sure to read it today:

A Big Thank You to Wattpad Ambassadors

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Community, Uncategorized

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Today we’re celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Wattpad Ambassador program, which brings together active Wattpadders to support and engage with the greater community. We are very proud of the work that Wattpad Ambassadors take on: from answering questions and guiding new Wattpadders, to representing the greater Wattpad community and their concerns to all of us at HQ.

Please join us in giving thanks to and showing our appreciation to the Ambassadors who support and engage with the vibrant Wattpad community and Wattpad Team.

For some interesting facts about the Ambassador Program, see our newest chapter in Wattpad News & Updates.

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How we’re helping Wattpad writers

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in News & Updates

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Wattpad is home to tens of millions of stories, and each of these stories is the product of countless hours of work, sweat, and effort. We work to enable the passion for storytelling of millions of writers around the world, and we’re looking to do even more to support this writing community with the introduction of new tools for writers. To that end, we’re making it simpler for readers to financially support the writers they love.

One way to accomplish this is through adding enriching, paid content to Wattpad. We’re pursuing this kind of content as an early experiment intended to improve the experience for readers and writers alike. Where we introduce paid content, it will add new dimensions to existing free stories through bonus chapters, different points of view, or full stories that expand the original narrative.

For Wattpad readers, this paid content will take the form of optional extras added to your Wattpad reading experience. Wattpad was built free and will remain that way. The app will always be free, and there will always be a wealth of stories to read for free.

If you have any further questions, please visit http://www.wattpad.com/help.

Wattpadders at the 2014 Istanbul International Book Fair

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Community, International

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Wattpad is an international platform with millions of members around the world, and the Turkish community is one of the most active on Wattpad. Hundreds of Turkish Wattpadders attended this year’s Istanbul International Book Fair to meet up with one another and to support their favorite Wattpad writers. Turkish Wattpad Ambassadors had the chance to speak with some of these attendees and ask them what they thought about Wattpad.

Wattpad dünyanın dört bir yanından milyonlarca üyesi olan uluslararası bir platform. Türk Topluluğu Wattpad’teki en aktif topluluklarından biri. Bu yıl, yüzlerce Türk Wattpadçi favori Wattpad yazarları desteklemek için İstanbul Uluslararası Kitap Fuarındaydı. Türk Wattpad Elçileri fuara katılan Wattpadçilere Wattpad hakkında ne düşündüklerini sordular.

Dan Brown joins Wattpad

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Content, Partnerships

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We’d like to welcome Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, to Wattpad. Not only has Dan shared a new story about how he started writing, he is also posting parts from The Da Vinci Code on Wattpad. If you’ve never read Da Vinci Code, this is the perfect chance to catch up. However, even if you have read the book, Dan has added a little something special for this Wattpad release: a special Caesar Box code for Wattpadders to crack. A new clue will be posted at the end of every chapter, and the solution will reveal a secret about The Da Vinci Code. Read it now to get your first clue!

A new My Works

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in News & Updates, Product, Support

Writers are important to Wattpad, and we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for them to share their stories. Today we’re announcing a new design for My Works that gives more information about how your stories are doing while also simplifying the organization of your stories.

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Wattpad & Internet.org: Bringing reading to the world

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in International, Partnerships

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One of the coolest parts of working at Wattpad is hearing about how reading can change the lives of Wattpadders. We often hear about Wattpadders rediscovering a lost love for reading when they find the right kind of story on Wattpad. The experiences that move us most are the ones about people turning to Wattpad in parts of the world where books are either hard to find or too expensive to afford.

CEO and Co-Founder Allen Lau recalls a letter he once received from a man in a village in Africa. The village had no library, no school, no landline, and no books. What people in that village did have, however, were mobile phones. The letter was sent to say thank you – Wattpad made it possible for them to read and share stories.

These stories are what made us jump at the opportunity to partner with Internet.org, a Facebook-led coalition that is making the benefits of the internet more accessible and affordable to more people around the world. As part of this initiative, Wattpad is proud to be sharing a collection of classic and public domain books via Facebook’s Internet.org app, which will be available to Airtel subscribers in Kenya later this week.

Facebook’s Internet.org app offers free basic services including health, education, finance, jobs, communication, local information, and books.

 

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