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Review: Wattpad is a unique social reading experience

Explore and discover stories, novels, and more in this fun, social reading app.

Wattpad is yet one more reminder that the stigma of being an unpublished author is dissipating as it allows anyone to share, read, and comment on stories and books written by fellow users. The library of content on Wattpad is impressive and growing, and the community is very active, sharing books that have been read 40,000 or more times in some categories. The result is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience for your iPhone.

The best way to describe Wattpad is an Instagram for short stories and novels. When you sign up, you can connect with Facebook and load in any friends who also use the app. You can follow other users to see their most recent additions, write your own short stories or books, and upload cover art or just prose for people to read. The app asks you up front what genres you like and then curates a list of top choices in that genre for you to discover. Every story has comments, favorites, and read totals so you can see who likes it and how often it has been read. Your voice feels authentic in the comments, too, because they go directly to the author. The best component of this app is probably its interface, seamlessly integrating Instagram-style social browsing with a solid eReader.

Wattpad is a great amalgamation of eBook reader, social interaction, and self-publishing platform. From stories about boys and their robots to grand adventure and military history, there are hundreds of books in here and thousands of people reading them and offering their opinions. Whether you like discovering new writers or sharing your own fiction, download this app.

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