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As a member, you’ll unlock all the member-only stories published by top writers and leading experts on Medium. (When you read and clap for those stories as a member, part of your membership fee goes directly to that author.) You’ll also be able to listen to audio versions of many member-exclusive stories, as well as other top posts handpicked by our editors. And you’ll be able to save stories to your offline reading list and archive.
As a member, your membership fee goes toward funding the authors and publishers who write the member-only content you enjoy. When you read and engage with a story that is locked for members, you’re allocating more money for that author or publication, especially when you clap for their stories. At the end of the month, we’ll divvy up your contributions based on all your reading time, applause, and engagement from that period, and it will directly go to the writers and publishers of that content.
We encourage you to share member-only stories on social media (and authors would appreciate that too). Readers with free Medium accounts will be able to read three exclusive stories each month before they need to upgrade to membership for unlimited access.
The writer publishing a story on Medium decides whether to lock it for members. When authors publish on Medium, they have two options. They can publish the story for free, and anyone in the world will be able to read it. They will not receive any compensation for those stories. If they prefer, they can lock the story just to paying members of Medium. For those stories, the writer or publisher receives money based on engagement from members.
Writers do not have to become members themselves to publish member-only stories. Once a writer or publication registers for the Medium Partner Program (for free), they can publish as many stories as they’d like for members. They’ll be able to view and see activity on their own member-only stories for free, as well. Our membership is designed for readers, and we aren’t planning to add any features for writers as part of it.
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