Banned Books – The Call of the Wild

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

BlogPicture_CommunityTranslations_vrs1 In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

Today’s book is Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, which was banned in dictatorships in Europe during the 1920s and 30s. 

Read The Call of the Wild on Wattpad.

Why Banned Books Week matters

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Community, Content

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In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde writes, “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” All of this week we’ve been celebrating Banned Books: stories that have, at one time or another, been challenged or deemed inappropriate or controversial. Banned Books Week calls upon bibliophiles across the globe to come together to support the freedom of thought, of ideas, and ultimately, the freedom to read. Wattpad strongly believes in the freedom to read, and we encourages you to be a revolutionary reader with you literary contraband of choice.

Today’s book is Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, which was once banned in South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Read Black Beauty for free on Wattpad.

Banned Books – The Merchant of Venice

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

BlogPicture_CommunityTranslations_vrs1 In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

Today’s book is actually a play: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, which was once banned due to its racial stereotypes.

Read The Merchant of Venice on Wattpad.

Banned Books – Gulliver’s Travels

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

BlogPicture_CommunityTranslations_vrs1 In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

Today’s book is Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, which was once banned for political reasons.

Read Gulliver’s Travels on Wattpad.

Banned Books – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

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In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

Today’s book is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was once banned for including things like talking animals.

Read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Wattpad.

Banned Books – Frankenstein

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

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In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

We’re starting off with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which was once banned in South Africa. 

Read Frankenstein on Wattpad.

Wattpad in the Philippines

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Community

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Today we have a guest post from Wattpad CEO Allen Lau.

Kamusta! This week I will be spending some time in Manila. Wattpad has become a huge part of the entertainment industry in the Philippines. In August, Filipino Wattpadders spent nearly a billion minutes on Wattpad, which makes the Philippines one of the top countries on Wattpad. This love of Wattpad has spread beyond our app. Many bestselling books have had their start on Wattpad as almost 100 Wattpad stories have been printed by publishers in the Philippines. Wattpad has also produced blockbuster films. Eleven movies based on Wattpad stories have been released, are in production, or have been confirmed for production.

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My next few days will be jam-packed with activities such as media interviews and meetings with publishers, movie studios, and TV networks. I will also be speaking at the Manila International Book Fair and hosting a massive wattpadder meetup at the event on Sunday September 21st. I am most looking forward to this meetup since last year’s event was such a huge success.

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I can guarantee that this year’s meetup is going to be absolutely epic. I Look forward to having a great time with all the Pinoy Wattpadders!

We are as excited as you are about iOS 8

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Product

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With the release of iOS 8, Wattpad is bringing two new features to iOS users: the Wattpad widget in your Notification Center, and a device Continuity feature. The Wattpad widget appears in the Today section of your Notification Center. This widget shows you the last story you read, as well as stories that have been recently updated in your library. It also lets you check in on how much your reads, comments, and votes have increased since you last opened the app. The device Continuity feature helps people who use Wattpad on more than one Apple device. Now you can put one device down, and pick up reading or writing where you left off with another device. The app will even highlight text to show you the last thing you read. Update your Wattpad App on iOS 8 to see these new features in action.

The New Profile is Here

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Product

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Starting today you’ll be noticing something new on Wattpad.com. We’re rolling out a redesigned profile on the Wattpad site. We’ve taken what Wattpadders like best about the current profiles, and we’ve updated them with a fresh look to showcase who you are and what you love to read. We’re still testing the profile, so it is definitely going to change, but we were so excited about it that we couldn’t wait to share it.

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Gennifer Albin’s Crewel: Free on Wattpad

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Content

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Welcome to Arras, where sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has been gifted with the ability weave time with matter. The ability assures her success and prowess in her society, but it is a gift she neither asked for nor wanted. Join author Gennifer Albin as she shares the first book of the dystopian Crewel World Series on Wattpad. Albin is leading a read-along for the book and answering fan questions on her Wattpad Profile.

Read Crewel, free on Wattpad, and be sure to watch out for the release of Unraveled, the final book in the series, on October 7th at major book retailers.

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