Wattpad today turns seven years old.
To celebrate this milestone, the Toronto-based online reader and writer community launched Wattpad Stories, which 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," says CEO Allen Lau. "Seven years ago we had a few hundred stories on Wattpad; today we have more than 28 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."
"The widespread adoption of mobile devices means anyone, anywhere in the world can read and share stories on Wattpad," explains 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."