Tablo is still pretty new and getting its sea-legs, but I prefer its writing interface over Wattpad’s. Copying and pasting over to Wattpad still creates formatting errors sometimes (word jammed together, spaces missed, etc.). I’m not a good proofreader, so it takes me time to catch the errors, and I prefer to do it in Word/PDF. These problems defeat my hard work. It’s never happened to me on Tablo. I also like that when you’re in the writing field on Tablo, the other chapters are listed on the left, so you can navigate among them easily. In spite of this, I do spend more time on Wattpad and promote my work there more consistently because there’s a much bigger upside. I’m watching Tablo with interest, though, because they seem to have been able to attract an older audience, and the partnerships they’re developing show that this is part of a long-term strategy. The company being based in Australia might be part of what’s holding them back. If it were based in NYC or London, the trad publishing ties they’ve forged would have been more high-profile and made more of a splash.
Like you, I’m intrigued by using Medium as a platform for my fiction, and I’ll be experimenting with it in 2018.
I’m not sure what the future holds for ebooks. Their convenience is unquestionable, but trad publishing seems determined to keep ebook prices unrealistically high. If some other option does emerge, readers might jump ship much faster than they anticipate. Wattpad has captured a generation of readers and shaped their habits, so whatever’s next will likely incorporate some of what they’ve done.
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