Wattpad Launches Chat-Style Reading App Tap

Wattpad is jumping on the short-short fiction wagon with the launch of a new app, Tap.

Tap is a reading app in the style of Amazon Rapids or Hooked. It serves up chat-style stories which are the current fad in digital publishing.

According to TechCrunch:

With Tap, Wattpad is stepping away from the traditional storytelling format to experiment with a unique style of entertainment.

The app lets users discover “chat-style” stories – that is, those that unfold as you tap to reveal the next part. The stories are designed to feel like you’re reading someone else’s chat conversations, the company explains, and they are even visually presented in a text messaging-style format.

At launch, there are hundreds of stories available across categories like horror, romances, drama and more.

Tap will also allow Wattpad users to write stories of their own, though this is initially available only to a subset of writers on the platform. The company says that the writing and publishing functionality will roll out more broadly in the weeks ahead.

In addition to reading the chat-style stories, users can also share the stories to social networks.


When Tap is released to the public you will be able to download the app from Google Play or iTunes, but for now you have to ask for an invite on the Tap website.

If you like what you see, you can subscribe and gain access to more stories. The service costs $2.99 per week, $7.99 per month, or $39.99 per year. Yes, Wattpad is breaking with their policy of always providing free content.

Have you tried it? Do you think it is worth the cost?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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.


  1. Frank23 February, 2017

    Amazon’s version is geared for kids, so Wattpad targeting teens and young adults with a voyeuristic take on stories may work out.

    Its freemium model seems okay, you get a few free taps per day or you can pay for unlimited access.

  2. River Shay7 March, 2017

    How do you make your own Chat story in Tap ??? I’m not sure how to use it, I would like to know how to use it.

  3. Jacob Kenya12 April, 2017

    I love Tap. I really do! But I honestly don’t think it’s worth the money. I would rather go to Wattpad and read chat stories off there. That doesn’t mean I can’t make a Tap story tho….

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