Online storytelling community Wattpad launches its own publishing arm, Wattpad Books

Wattpad, an online community for original fiction whose stories have been turned into streaming hits like Netflix’s “The Kissing Booth,” is now turning its eyes to publishing. The company today announced the launch of a new division, Wattpad Books, that aims to turn its most popular content into future best sellers.

The books division will publish six titles this year, aimed at Wattpad’s largely young adult audience of 70 million users, who collectively spend 22 billion minutes per month engagement with its site and app.

The most popular of the forthcoming titles, The QB Bad Boy & Me by Tay Marley, was read over 26.3 million times on Wattpad, and will become available in book form on August 20, 2019.

The other five titles also found a strong readership online, including Trapeze by Leigh Ansell (2.5 million reads); What Happened That Night by Deanna Cameron (over 1 million reads); Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman (46.4 million reads); Saving Everest by Sky Chase (17.2 million reads); and I’m a Gay Wizard by V.S. Santoni (404,000 reads).