I did a bit more personal looking around on WattPad. At first I was very freaked out by the sheer number of “books”. I was using my iPad which is one of the preferred interfaces. I looked at a number of book pages. The number of reads listed was staggering, one title had four million reads, many others with double digit thousand reads.
Here is where I started wondering. Each book page has “stars” and “comments”. However, you have to “start reading” to even reach the comments to read the feedback from ore readers. I couldn’t find anything that described what the stars meant. Oh, and by “start reading”, that is counted as a “read”. My rough conclusion is that there are questionable statistic.
Also, the books were mostly under 100 pages. Though one of Cory Doctorow’s books rang in at 143 pages, which doesn’t sound like a complete book. Though, their reading page on the iPad is large.
Yes, the reading interface is nice, and the type is easy to read. I could see myself starting a number of books that I would have no incentive to finish since I didn’t spend any money.
I’m still undecided. I’d like to better understand their stats. I seems clear that the books with 4 million reads do not translate to 4 million completed readings.