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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Wattpad prides itself in being a home for free expression. We host a wide variety of stories, and our writers are free to write under their own names, or to use pseudonyms and pen names to become anyone they like.
At this weekend’s Dragon Con in Atlanta, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will launch Project Secret Identity. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness of how anonymity and privacy are key to free expression online. Wattpad is happy to support EFF and Project Secret Identity alongside organizations like io9.com, Southeastern Brown Coats, Harry Potter Alliance, Baker Street Babes, and the Organization for Transformative Works.
For more information on the EFF and Project Secret Identity, visit projectsecretidentity.org.
Last weekend, Wattpad HQ welcomed its first writer’s meetup in Toronto. Wattpad writer Takatsu met with other writers to discuss writing and reading. The focus, as Takatsu explained it, was to explore how “we can be a movement of connected 21st century high-tech social literature lovers and inspire one another.”
Takatsu described the evening as a huge success:
I believe, though we can connect online via Wattpad or social media, it is so nurturing and helpful to meet in person and realize that, wow, there really is someone in real life, living and breathing, totally friendly, enthusiastic and passionate about the same things you are. It anchors our passions and dreams to reality. It makes pursuing life as a writer or an avid reader more possible. These are the kinds of people you can pour your heart out to because you know they understand and in turn, these are the people you will be inspired by.
If you think it might be cool to host a meetup for fellow Wattpadders in your area (the US or Canada), here’s your chance. To get started, read these FAQs, then tell us about the meetup you want to host by filling out this questionnaire. We’re going to read all submissions, so be sure to give your meetup some thought, and include as much detail as you can.
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for updates.
What better way the celebrate the world’s largest community of readers and writers than with an official Wattpad Book Club? This book club will give users a chance to come together every week on Twitter to talk about the one thing all Wattpadders love: stories.
For the launch of #WattpadBookClub, we’ll be discussing Daniel Garcia’s The Succubus in a Red Dress. It is a paranormal adventure starring nerdy coffee clerk, Delilah, whose mundane life takes a turn when she causes one of her customers to collapse by touching them. The story is an exciting ride that ranges from demon hunters to witches, so make sure you add The Succubus in a Red Dress to your Wattpad library and get reading!
#WattpadBookClub uses a Q&A format; here’s how to participate:
- 1. Sign in to Twitter and make sure you are following @Wattpad
- 2. Search for the hashtag #WattpadBookClub (or use TweetChat.com) to follow the conversation
- 3. When the chat begins, @Wattpad will ask the first question, beginning the Tweet with “Q1”.
- 4. Tweet your answers, and be sure to begin them with “A1” and include the hashtag #WattpadBookClub every time you Tweet
- 5. Have fun and and connect with Wattpadders from around the world
Here is the schedule for the first #WattpadBookClub:
- Thursday, August 28 – 9 PM EST – Prologue – Chapter 3
- Thursday, September 4 – 9 PM EST – Chapter 4 – 7
- Thursday, September 11 – 9 PM EST – Chapter 8 – 11
- Thursday, September 18 – 9 PM EST – Chapter 12 – Epilogue
See you Thursday!
We’ve previously posted the work of Wattpad’s talented community of cover creators, and today we wanted to highlight how they’ve reimagined covers for classic novels on Wattpad from authors like Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be holding a contest to see who can create the best covers for five more classic novels, from Mary Shelley, to Melville, and H.G. Wells.
If you’re not sure how to create a cover, try out the new iOS Wattpad Cover Creator app, free in the app store. If you’d rather work on web, you can also try free websites like PicMonkey, or resize a cover you have already made here.
Cover Contest Details:
1. Pick one of the following stories:
2. How to submit – choose one of the following:
- Tweet it @Wattpad with the hashtag #WattpadCoverOff
- Post a link to it on the Wattpad profile in this chapter
- Post it in the Multimedia Club thread on classic covers
3. Dates & Prizes
- Submit your cover by August 29th.
- We’ll announce the winners in early September, and the winners will have a chapter of their classics dedicated to them.
Most importantly, have fun, and best of luck creating!