Kobo Adds New Section for eBooks Originally Published on Wattpad

Authors have long been relying on the Wattpad community to help refine their stories before formally publishing them, and now Kobo is drawing on that connection.

The ebook retailer has launched a new section of its ebookstore focused solely on ebooks originally published on the social reading site. It currently features twenty titles, with prices ranging from free to $11.59.

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The ebooks are not, as one site erroneously reported, published by Wattpad nor are they exclusive to Kobo. All of the titles I checked were also available in the Kindle Store, and some had been published by the authors as far back as 2013, 2012, or 2011.

EM Tippetts' Nobody's Damsel, for example, was published by the author in 2013, and Dale Meyer's Vampire in Denial was published in 2011. And then there's My Life with the Walter Boys, a teen title which was published by Sourcebooks in March 2014.

It's not clear why Kobo pulled together all these ebooks; they cover a diverse range of genres, including romance, SF, fantasy, YA/teen, and aside from professional-quality covers (seriously, I've seen Big Five books that had uglier covers) the books have nothing in common other than they were originally published to Wattpad.

I'm not sure that's a good enough reason to pull together the disparate titles, but we really won't know what's going on until I hear back from Kobo and Wattpad.

Stay tuned.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

5 Comments

  1. Mike Hall29 December, 2015

    “seriously, I’ve seen Big Five books that had uglier covers”

    Not really the topic of your post but check out this total crap from Penguin in the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Wyndham/e/B000AQ6YQS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1451379461&sr=1-2

    They no doubt paid good money to a “professional” designer but the 50+ year old paperbacks on my shelves are 100 times better (and they are the old Penguin corporate design with no more than a sketch image).

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