Wattpad introduced as we speak “Premium Picks,” a brand new providing that provides Premium and Premium+ subscribers month-to-month entry to 5 free Wattpad Originals—the just lately launched freemium mannequin the place choose authors can select to monetize chapters.
As a substitute of paying to unlock content material, members at the moment are given 5 Wattpad Originals every month at no extra value. The choice is curated by Wattpad’s crew of consultants, starting from prime hits and yet-to-be-discovered gems to books written by up-and-coming authors. Some examples of Premium Picks embrace titles by Good Habit writer Claudia Tan, Gaslight writer Rachael Rose, and The Woman He By no means Seen writer Neilani Alejandrino. Premium Picks will give authors a brand new highlight to showcase their work and probably achieve extra readers.
The collection of free tales will expire on the primary day of every month, so subscribers must buy those they didn’t get to complete. Wattpad included a countdown timer on the Premium Picks display, so readers know the way a lot time they’ve left. They will additionally activate app notifications to be alerted when the subsequent batch of tales is offered.
One month doesn’t actually appear to be sufficient time for subscribers to learn all 5 tales. However we guess that Premium and Premium+ members are hardcore readers anyhow, so perhaps this received’t be an issue for many.
“Wattpad readers learn lots, and Premium subscribers are a few of our most passionate followers,” Meghan McDonald, head of technique and enterprise operations at Wattpad, instructed TechCrunch. “They subscribe to Wattpad Premium as a result of they need to have the ability to learn with out interruption. And each reader enjoys tales at a special pace. Whereas some would possibly binge a complete guide in a sitting, others would possibly learn a narrative over the span of some days or perhaps weeks.”
Wattpad launched its $4.99/month Premium subscription in 2017, giving customers an ad-free expertise, offline tales, bonus cash with each buy of a Wattpad Coin pack and unique profile colours and response stickers.
“Wattpad Premium appeared very completely different after we launched the primary model of our subscription service in 2017… Our analysis and inside knowledge about studying tendencies amongst subscribers made it clear that we will add vital worth by giving entry to a collection of Wattpad Originals, a few of the most enjoyable tales on Wattpad,” McDonald added.
In the meantime, Premium+ subscribers ($7.49/month) — Wattpad’s most loyal customers — get an additional bonus: the selection of two extra Wattpad Originals. They’ll even have limitless entry to any Wattpad Originals unlocked with their subscription and might reread these titles so long as they continue to be a part of the Wattpad Originals program.