November 05, 2013 10:00 ET

Transforming Storytelling, Transforming Lives: Wattpad Turns 7

Wattpad Stories launches to showcase the global impact of stories

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 5, 2013) - Today Wattpad, the world's largest community of readers and writers, celebrates its 7th birthday with the launch of Wattpad Stories. Wattpad has created a mobile and social storytelling experience that changes the way the world reads and shares stories. Today, 20 million people spend 4.5 billions minutes a month on Wattpad reading free books and stories, writing and connecting with each other.

Wattpad Stories profiles people whose lives have been transformed by stories.

"Ivan and I started Wattpad as a way to read on our mobile phone and give writers a platform to share their original stories. It's remarkable to see our idea resonate with so many people around the world," said CEO and co-founder Allen Lau. "Seven years ago we had a few hundred stories on Wattpad; today we have more than 25 million uploads and we're on track to surpass the total number of books that have been published since the advent of printing."

"Before the iPhone, before Kindle and before the rise of ebooks and self-publishing, there was Wattpad," said CTO and co-founder Ivan Yuen. "It's incredible to have created a platform that empowers people to read, write and socialize in a way fits their mobile lifestyle."

For a new generation of readers and writers

Wattpad is succeeding in making long-form content appeal to a new generation of readers who demand interaction and crave connection. People use Wattpad to connect with writers and participate in storytelling through comments, messages and votes.

Anyone can share a story with millions of readers around the world using Wattpad. The platform's massive reach has attracted established authors like Margaret Atwood and Paulo Coelho and broken down barriers for new writers like Jordan Lynde whose Wattpad stories have been read tens of millions of times.

Democratizing storytelling

Free to join and use, Wattpad facilitates storytelling on a global scale.

"The widespread adoption of mobile devices - smartphones and tablets - means anyone, anywhere in the world can read and share stories on Wattpad," said General Manager Candice Faktor. "We're giving access and voice to the stories that matter to a new generation, and we're seeing incredible traction in North America, Europe and in developing countries."

Stories enrich lives

Stories are powerful and impact readers and writers in surprising ways. Wattpad Stories profiles people whose lives have been transformed by stories, like:

  • Denny became a Filipino celebrity
  • Bob, a US soldier, overcame PTSD through writing
  • Emily helped millions of teens cope with bullying
  • Gwen, 82, was inspired to write again after beating cancer
  • Tony, legally-blind, started reading again
  • Romi quit her corporate job and moved to Paris to write full-time
  • Monica found a production team to bring her story to life

Wattpad by the Numbers

  • 20 million monthly unique visitors
  • 4.5 billion minutes spent a month
  • 28 million total uploads
  • 90% of traffic from mobile devices (phones and tablets)
  • 32 languages supported

About Wattpad

Wattpad is a community for people who love to read, write and be entertained. Available in more than 30 languages, Wattpad gives people around the world the ability to read millions of stories for free or write and share their own from any phone, tablet or computer. People use Wattpad to connect with each other, escape into stories and express themselves creatively. Every month, 20 million people spend 4.5 billion minutes immersed in free books and stories. www.wattpad.com

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