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Amazon’s Writing Community WriteOn to Exit Beta

WriteOn hasn’t had much of an impact in the year since the very first version launched in a quiet beta test, but that doesn’t mean Amazon is giving up on its Wattpad competitor.

Amazon sent out an email today with the news that this community will shortly be leaving beta and be open to all comers.  New members will no longer need to find an existing member (me, for example) in order to score an invite just to get through the door. Instead writers and readers will soon be able to simply sign up, post and read stories, and kibitz on writing techniques, storytelling style, and the like.

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Amazon has also revealed that WriteOn will be getting new sharing options with its official launch. Story links shared on Facebook or Twitter will soon show a preview of the cover and story description (instead of a title plus link).

It’s been some 5 months since Amazon first publicly revealed WriteOn, and it’s still a pretty quiet place. The average story has dozens of reads and a handful of comments, and the discussion forums are almost as quiet.

The activity will probably pick up when WriteOn opens its doors to the public, but even so I don’t see this site being a real competitor to Wattpad.

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Maria (BearMountainBooks) March 10, 2015 um 1:44 pm

I know that Amazon sent out invitations to join as a "Beta reader" to some customers (one such customer emailed and asked what I thought, what was it about and so on). She declined to join although she did browse a couple of stories.

I think the concept was confusing to her and she couldn’t think of a single reason to join.

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