Wattpad goes Freemium, announces plans to sell content

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After dabbling in crowd funding and briefly experimenting with native advertising, Wattpad announced yesterday that their new plan to generate revenue would involve a more direct approach: From the Wattpad blog: 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 ...

Facebook is Giving Users (Slightly) More Control Over What They Read in Their News Feed

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Facebook has been getting a lot of grief over the past year. While Twitter and all of the news blogs were buzzing with Ferguson, all you could find on Facebook was the Ice bucket challenge. This led some to grouse about how the stories that received the most attention on Facebook were quizzes and puppy videos. The ...

The Seven Deadly Social Media Sins, and Why Authors Should Avoid Them

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Authors and publishers are frequently told that they should engage with readers on social networks, but sometimes it's not easy to know the right way to go about it. And so when this video from Pittsburgh ad agency Brunner crossed my desk this morning, I thought it was worth watching and sharing. The following video (found via ...

Amazon Launches a New Writing Community, Write On

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Yesterday Amazon officially took the cover off of the writing community which they've been developing without anyone noticing. The Amazon Write On program is the unnamed crowd sourced program I reported on, but it seems to be just as much a writing community as it is a publishing program. Update: An Amazon spokesperson told me in an email that "Write ...

Twitter Launches Buy Buttons, Enabling Authors to Sell eBooks on the Service

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Twitter announced a new service yesterday which indie authors might like. The social network started a beta test for new buy buttons. The test will only include a small percentage of U.S. users, and it is only visible on Twitter's mobile apps, so most of us will be unaffected. But in the long run indie authors will have ...

Wattpad Acquires, Closes Competing Author Site

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Wattpad put the $46 million raised in their latest round of funding to good use last week. PW reports that Wattpad has acquired a smaller rival writer site called Red Room for an undisclosed sum. In what could well be described as a whirlwind acquisition, Red Room informed members only last week that the site had ...