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8 Best Things to Happen to the Book World This Decade

This decade has been truly revolutionary for the book world. From opening up literature to the masses via the internet, to delving deeper into your favorite books with podcasts and apps, reading and writing has never been easier. Here are the best things to happen to the book world in the last ten years.

1. Bookstagram

 

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With the rise of Instagram has come bookstagram: social media users who photograph and talk about books and authors online. From beautifully aesthetic, creative blogs like @lifebyesther and the @chroniclebooks feed, to genre-specific accounts like the fantasy-focussed @thisgirlhasn0name. Celebrity bookclubs like Reese Witherspoon’s @reesesbookclub continue to post beautiful and inspiring content daily! Which brings me to my next point…

 

2. Celebrity Book Clubs

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The internet has connected people like never before, and now with just a click of a button or a few taps of a keyboard, you can get in touch with other readers all around the world. This has meant that celebrities with a passion for reading are able to share this passion with their followers, and bookclubs headed by famous personalities have been springing up left, right and center. Perhaps the OG celeb bookclub is Oprah’s Book Club, a career maker for any author chosen. Emma Roberts’ Belletrist, Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf, and Reese Witherspoon’s Reese’s Book Club are all making waves too, with Witherspoon choosing to adapt, produce and sometimes star in adaptations of many of the books she selects for her followers. Don’t miss her alongside Kerry Washington in the Hulu miniseries of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, coming to your screens in March 2020.

 

3. Podcasts

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Podcasts are definitely one of my personal highlights from the last ten years. I just can’t get enough! And as a lover of a good yarn, there have been several that have really stood out for me. True crime podcast Serial, written and hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig would top any podcast enthusiasts Best of the Decade list. An intricately woven and brilliantly wrought tale of a botched murder inquiry, an unfair trial and a fight for justice, Serial documents the real-life case of the murder of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed’s conviction. Fictional podcast series have also been huge successes, with series such as Welcome to Nightvale and Limetown topping the charts. If you’ve just finished a book and are dying to get into some deeper discussions, all you need to do is search on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and you’ll find countless episodes of podcasts reviewing and chatting about it!

 

4. Facebook Live

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We love a good Facebook Live interview here at Bookstr, and here’s why. Facebook Live is a unique way for authors to connect with their fans and gain new ones, while interacting with them in real time. Fans can type questions in the comments and the host will ask the author whatever it is you want to know! We’ve had some brilliant Facebook Lives on Bookstr over the last few years, including Jeanette Wall, Daniel Handler, Meg Wolitzer, Lee Child, Peter James, and LIGHTS. Be sure to check them out!

 

5. Book con

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So comic book fans have been going to Comic Con since it started in in 1970, but Book Con kicked off in 2014, giving readers of all genres a chance to cosplay their favorite characters, connect with other passionate readers, and meet their beloved authors. Since then, Book Con has been held annually at the Javits Center in New York, and has seen the likes of John and Hank Green, Jodi Picoult, Mindi Kaling, Julianne Moore, Khloe Kardashian, Bill Nye, Meg Cabot, Margaret Atwood, Krysten Ritter, Angie Thomas, Holly Black and more!

 

6. Apps 

 

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Apps have made many things in our lives a whole lot easier, from tracking our steps, to listening to music, to getting the bus, paying for dinner, chatting with friends, and searching information. Apps have been especially beneficial to the reading and writing community, with apps like WattPad allowing authors to write for the masses while on the move, Kindle allowing us to read without having to lug around heavy tomes, and apps The Brainstormer, Mindnode, and StoryTracker making it easier than ever to keep track of your next big ideas!

 

7. Fandoms

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Books have always had large followings. Fans used to go wild for the next installment of Charles Dickens’ serialized stories in the newspaper! But the rise of the internet has allowed these followings to grow and gain momentum and become… fandoms. Urban Dictionary defines a fandom as ‘A group of people who willingly have their souls devoured by an obsession.’ A little extreme, perhaps!

From Tumblr blogs to video blogs, fanfiction to Facebook groups, fandoms have run rampant in the last decade, and have provided safety, community and a sense of home for diehard fans the world over.

 

8. Book merch

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Online shopping has pretty much taken over the entire world (thanks Amazon…) but with that, has provided a space for creative book fans to make and sell book related merch. From beautiful bookmarks like Book Art Bookmarks, to Etsy sellers creating beautiful fan art, jewelry and collectibles, to companies like Dynamite Books and Out of Print clothing, readers are spoiled for choice, and never have trouble filling out their Santa lists! 

 


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This Wattpad Story Is ‘Slow Dancing’ To Television

Slow Dancing, a Wattpad story, is on its way to having a series adaptation. The story written by Noelle or hepburnettes has gained an amazing amount of reads since its release, 9.6 million in fact. Producers Arron Levitz and Eric Lehram who worked on Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, a Hulu show which was also adapted from a Wattpad story, are set to produce this new series in collaboration with Mediacorp.

 

 

Slow Dancing is about a twenty-year-old woman who is tasked to help her long-time crush after he has a serious car accident that leaves him temporarily blinded. However, the task is nowhere near easy because Isla, the main character has to pretend to be Kaden’s (her crush’s) girlfriend because she didn’t make it. Yeah, intense. The first twenty chapters are available to read for free, but the rest of the story has to be paid for, so you will have to acquire coins in exchange for the rest of the chapters.

 

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As a genuine fan of Wattpad as a platform, I hope this works out well. A past adaption from Wattpad like After was a mess in my opinion but Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board is okay. There is some serious talent on the website and it’s an amazing opportunity to have their works made into television and film. The only hope is that the end result is good.

 

 

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New Wattpad Publishing Imprint Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Examine Stories’ Popularity

Last week, popular online publishing site Wattpad announced its entry into the world of physical books. The new publishing imprint, Wattpad Books, already has its starting lineup of new releases: six YA novels across popular genres, a decision which officials believe should appeal to the site’s Millenial and Gen-Z reader base. Despite the stigma surrounding self-publishing, these stories have had mass market appeal. Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman, the most popular story among these picks, has racked up over 40 million reads during its time on the site.

But the selection process for these books is more than just a numbers game—it’s more like a numbers science. Going forward, Wattpad will use new artificial intelligence technology to help ensure the success of its publications.

 

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Don’t misread this information—robots will not be deciding what art is. Instead, Wattpad’s Story DNA Machine Learning Technology, an AI program, will analyze Wattpad’s content for insights into certain stories’ successes. While other programs might analyze the number of comments and shares a story has earned, the AI breaks a story down to its most elemental features: grammar, diction, and sentence structure. From there, the AI will compare each story not only to works published on Wattpad, but also to books in the public domain. And, Wattpad representative Ashleigh Gardner stresses, “our human content and editorial experts are just as important.”

 

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The website has long been popular for its accessibility. While traditional publishing has not always addressed diverse stories and difficult topics the way it’s working towards today, online publishing subverts outdated (if often unspoken) rules about what sells. Wattpad will continue to choose its stories based on what appeals to its readers—in particular, LGBT+ content, strong women, and thoughtful depictions of mental illness. The AI technology won’t change this truth: the stories that appeal to a diverse body of readers are so often their own.

 

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Wattpad to Introduce Payment Per Month for Popular Online Writers

If you’ve never been on Wattpad before, Wattpad is essentially a free story sharing site where writers have the opportunity to write their stories and publish them on the site for others to read. Since 2006, the site has hosted millions of stories from people all over the world. With on average one thousand visits to each work, it is no wonder Wattpad has decided to extend their generosity to its users.

 

Every year since 2010, Wattpad holds The Watty Awards. One of the awards that is given to a writer of each genre includes the potential opportunity to sign a shopping agreement with Wattpad Studios for their story to be shown to entertainment and publishing partners.

 

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Over the years Wattpad has helped several writers achieve their dreams of traditional publication i.e: through a publishing house.  Key examples include novels like The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles which has been published and most recently made into a Netflix film, Captive by Gabrielle Estres, and Nothing Left to Lose by Kristy Moseley. Goodreads also has a section called “Published Books from Wattpad”.

 

While Wattpad has helped many people write their stories and publish them, they are offering a new service coming sometime in the new year. Although the official date has not been announced and the process is still in the Beta stages, they have already done test runs on this new project to which selected writers have already gained up to $1,000-$2,000 a month in just writing and updating their stories alone.

 

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The way it works is much like YouTube, with ads. When you finish a chapter or every other chapter you are momentarily interrupted by a short ad. If you are a premium member the ads will no longer be able to interrupt your precious reading time, but nonetheless writers will still get a cut of the profits made. They are sent their income via PayPal at the end of each month and depending on how many people visited their story and how long they lasted on the ad itself before skipping determines how much they will make for the month.

 

 

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With Wattpad helping writers achieve their goals of being published authors, it might very well be a different route that people might consider. Getting published the traditional way is no mean feat, and making money once you’re published is not even guaranteed! So this is definitely great news for aspiring writers!

 

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Heads Up, This YA Novel From Wattpad Just Got a Movie Deal!

Wattpad is the perfect website for avid readers and writers as it is a self-publishing site that gives writers a platform, while always giving readers free and new material to read. Its growing popularity over the years has even caught production company’s eyes, as some stories have received movie deals. Ali Novak’s My Life With the Walter Boys has just been optioned by Komixx Entertainment. 

 

Komixx Entertainment is a London-based film and TV production company that is known for optioning books from Wattpad. They have previously optioned books from like Captured by bestselling author Kelly Anne Blount, and The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles. The Kissing Booth is currently in post-production and will be released on Netflix. 

 

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Ali Novak’s My Life With the Walter Boys has been read more than 67 million times on Wattpad alone. The YA novel was originally self-published when Novak was just fifteen-years-old, and later published in print by Sourcebooks. You can even get it on Amazon today

 

The story follows Jackie Howard, a prim and proper NYC resident who lives life by the book. When her family dies in a freak accident, she is forced to move to Colorado to live with her new guardian’s, the Walters, who have eleven boys. Jackie wants to keep her parents’ lessons alive by trying to be perfect every day, but she also wants to prove to the Walter boys that she can be fun and care-free just like them. And no YA novel is complete without a love story that will show Jackie who she really is at heart. 

 

Stay tuned for more coverage of of the upcoming My Life With the Walter Boys adaptation. In the meantime, who would you like to see star?

 

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