Read Books Online | Our Selection of the Best Free Content

On Wattpad, stories are available in over 50 languages across every mobile device. There are also more than 375 million story uploads to discover, read, and share.

If you’re looking to read books online, we’ve got a wide range of content from notable authors and everyday storytellers.

Why Choose Wattpad to Read Books Online?

Stories and Books on Wattpad are Free to Read 

About 90 percent of the 45 million people who visit Wattpad every month are here to discover free stories to read on a regular basis. Collectively, they spend over 15 billion minutes engaged with Wattpad content. Here are a few examples of the types of books and stories you can find on Wattpad:

A Collection of Over 1000 Free Classic Works

The entire Project Gutenberg collection of public domain titles is available to read free of charge. Explore titles from authors like:

  “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,” -  Jane Austen

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,” - Jane Austen

  “  There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.  ” -  William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” - William Shakespeare

  “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” -  Charles Dickens

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens

  “Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” -  Mark Twain

“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” - Mark Twain

  “  I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  ” -  Edgar Allan Poe

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” - Edgar Allan Poe

Check out this full list of free classic books.

Books by Modern Authors, Publishers, and Celebrities

Wattpad works with every major publisher, and many of the world’s most prominent literary voices have chosen our platform to connect with the Wattpad community. 

Here is a sample of some of the free-to-read stories posted by today’s biggest authors:

Find Books to Read by Today’s Biggest Celebrities

If classic works, publishers, and big-name authors don't interest you, some of today’s biggest pop-culture icons and internet-famous personalities have also posted stories on Wattpad.  Below are just a few of the notable celebrities with profiles and works available online:

Read on Wattpad and Enjoy an Endless Supply of Free Content

Wattpad hosts the largest collection of user-generated stories and classic books on the internet. With our free app, you can explore a collection currently housing 375 million story uploads (and countinging). It’s safe to say you’ll never run out of stories and books to read online.

Outside of the thousands of uploads shared daily, we also host the world’s largest writing contest called The Wattys. In 2016, over 140,000 submissions were shared. Thanks to The Wattys,  a new selection of quality reads will be yours to enjoy every year!

Check out the reading lists below for some of 2016’s Watty award winning stories.

Read Stories in Over 50 languages

We’re proud to support a positive global community. Whether you’re learning a new language or partial to reading in one, all you need to do is change your language settings on Wattpad.

Check out the selection below to find a list of great reads in your preferred language:

Create your Own Library to Read Online and Offline

When you download the Wattpad app you’re free to read millions of stories on-the-go. What’s even better is that any story you add to your library can be synced to read offline. It’s a great way to save on data and read in places where Wi-Fi access is spotty at best.

Read Anywhere on Your Phone or Computer

Wattpad has an experience for you whether you read on your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Go to our get mobile page to download the free Wattpad app or visit www.wattpad.com.

Build a Reading List to Curate Books and Stories by Genre

On your Wattpad profile, you can easily share your recommend reads by creating a reading listStories added to your library are private, but stories added to your reading list are publicly displayed and can show the community your curated recommendations.

Here are some of our reading lists curated by genre with links to their respective Wattpad profiles:

Science Fiction

Horror

Discover Rising Stars and Aspiring Writers 

“Wattpad opens the doors and enlarges the view in places where the doors are closed and the view is restricted. And somewhere out there in Wattpadland, a new generation is testing its wings.”

Margaret Atwood - The Guardian

On Wattpad, a new generation of literary stars are rising. These beloved online writers connect massive audiences through their serialized online stories and published books. Below you can explore some of the most popular free to read content posted by these amazing storytellers we call the Wattpad Stars.

Connect with Writers and Readers 

Inline comments, @mentions, story dedications, and broadcast messaging are just some of the ways that writers and readers interact on Wattpad. Our website also hosts a forum where you discover tips on writing and request new story recommendations.

Never Miss an Update

When you add a story to your library or follow a profile, you can quickly check for updates in your newsfeed and receive push notifications to your mobile device every time a new story part is shared.

Almost 90% of Wattpad’s 250 Million Stories are Serialized; Find out Why

The Wattpad community loves a good story. What many people overlook, however, is that the stories they love are often serialized, episodic, and collaborative. On Wattpad, almost 90 percent of the 250 million uploads shared are serialized. As Megan Garber of The Atlantic points out, serialized storytelling is going through a bit of a renaissance. Today’s audiences enjoy serial narratives on-the-go and on their terms. A few minutes of pure escape can be found every time you open up the Wattpad app. It’s part of why 90% of Wattpad traffic comes from mobile devices.

Modern writers also leverage the new tools available to them and the power of today’s socially connected world. When writers serialize on Wattpad, a push notification brings their audience back every time they update a chapter. Audience feedback also helps writers gauge how cliffhangers, one-liners, and epic passages are received. Inline comments on Wattpad stories reveal the words that spur the most reaction from readers. Passages can also be highlighted and shared on social media, resulting in greater reach for a Wattpad story.

Audience feedback, along with tools like writer analytics, helps writers tweak chapters where they see reader drop-off, or improve upon scenes that got the most comments. The positive comments from passionate fans are also something that many Wattpad Stars credit as inspiration.

The breakout success of Anna Todd’s, After, perfectly sums up how to win at mobile, serial storytelling. Anna often wrote chapters while in line at the store. She updated regularly and engaged with her fans. Together, they formed a passionate community and connected through a story that currently has almost 300 story parts.

Anna serialized After over the course of a year. As her fan base grew, she aimed to update more regularly. Today, Anna Todd’s After has been read over one billion times on Wattpad. The print edition of the work is also an international best-seller with a film adaptation set to hit screens soon.

Today, many Wattpad Stars like Rebecca Sky, Ali Novak, Rachel Meinke, Shaun Allan, Ninya Tippett, Kassandra Tate, Kevin Fanning, Leigh Ansell, Alex Evansley, Emma Szalai, Greg Carrico, and Blair Holden, use these techniques to connect with massive audiences. Combined, these Stars have a total of 2.3 million followers, 6.7million unique readers, and 1.4 billion reads on their stories.

Serialization and social storytelling set modern writers up for success. Writers who leverage these techniques on Wattpad have the potential to reach a massive audience. After all, every month, an audience of 45 million people spends 15 billion minutes with the stories they love. If you’d like to learn how to reach new audiences on Wattpad, it’s as simple as checking out our writer’s page.

For the love of stories - Valentine’s Day on Wattpad

Every month, people spend 13 billion minutes on Wattpad and romance is one of our most popular categories. This got us wondering: What kind of stories peak around Valentine’s Day? Are there topics or people that spike on this day of love?   This year on Valentine's Day, people spent 64 million minutes reading romance stories on Wattpad. Historically, we similar spikes in engagement around this holiday. Check out the infographics to learn more.

Love Wins

Around Valentine’s Day, people spend more time reading LGBTQ Stories. In 2016, 15.5 million minutes were spent reading stories tagged LBGT on Valentine’s Day. The Wattpad community appreciates love in its many forms.  Last year we launched our official LGBTQ+ profile,  and we’re proud to see that love wins on Valentine’s Day.

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We Spend Millions of Minutes Reading Romance

Unsurprisingly, last year people spend more time reading romance stories Valentine’s Day than any other genre.

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The State of Love:

Across the United States, we wanted to find out, which states spent the most time escaping into romance stories on Valentine’s Day?

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We also teamed up with Mashable and Buzzfeed Canada to showcase some of our best findings. Find out what each U.S. state searched for leading up to Valentine’s Day on Mashable , or read this Buzzfeed Canada article about the top Valentine’s Day ships.

Why Serialized Content is Taking Over The World

In literature, a serial is a printed format in which a single larger body of work (often a work of narrative fiction) is published in sequential installments. It isn’t a new concept. Many believe serialization was made popular by Charles Dickens starting with The Pickwick Papers in 1836 and later Dombey and Son, which began serialization on October 1st 1846. Although serialized content existed prior to that, it was Dickens who commanded a large audience for the form and truly popularized it. 180 years later we are still seeing an appetite for it. On Wattpad many of our creators choose to serialize their stories, releasing one or two chapters per week to their audience of social readers. This works well because it makes the stories more digestible (you can read 2000 words or less in line, in transit or waiting at a doctor's office). This makes reading something that can fit into most people's busy modern lives. But the interesting thing about serialization on Wattpad is that it is often a major driver for collaboration. Pushing out a chapter at a time allows for a level of audience engagement that you simply can’t get otherwise. This format is what allows the author to take in reader feedback chapter by chapter, consider alternative viewpoints, and even change the story on the fly based on what resonates with the audience. This is an incredibly powerful tool for authors to have at their disposal.

Reading is something that we are continually redefining. Serialized content works for both the audience and the author, because it provides a pause and an opportunity to engage and create conversation, which ultimately forms deeper and more meaningful human interactions.

TL;DR? More like books FTW!

Survey reveals majority of US teens spent the summer reading. Actual books.

We live in an era with short forms and acronyms for everything, emojis to substitute a host of complex emotions, and countless additional forms of distraction built into a single, handheld device.

So, it’s not entirely crazy to fear the worst: That books and longform reading have been rendered obsolete for teens, a demographic born into a world where there is just so much competing for their attention at any given moment.

And yet, amidst these collectively growing fears and beliefs, a recent survey suggests otherwise.

According to the survey of more than 1,500 US teens aged 13-18, a whopping seventy percent said they read most during the summer. The summer! That time of anti- school when they don’t even have to read because nobody’s making them!

On top of this, the survey revealed that three-quarters of teens planned to read more than five books over the summer, with more than half committing upwards of two hours a day to reading. And when it comes to summer travel, eighty-seven percent confirmed that it’s important to have books that are accessible directly from a mobile phone.

Thirty-six percent of teens even admitted they’d cancel plans to finish a great story.

How many adults can say the same?

Books: 1 Long-held perceptions about teens and reading: 0

When it comes to pop culture, three out of four said they’d prefer to read a book about their favorite celebrities over watching a video. This is especially interesting considering the widely held belief that best way to reach young people is through video.

This survey confirms that many teens are actively choosing to engage with content, rather than passively absorb it. This is huge, because it means teens still enjoy reading. And with longform content woven into their connected, mobile lifestyles, it’s more accessible than ever before.

But all this points to a greater truth, as well, one that most humans inherently know - that great stories will always be a part of who we are, regardless of the way they are consumed.