Via MediaBistro comes news that Wattpad is teaming up with Lulu to offer print on demand services for Wattpad stories:
Wattpad, the Toronto-based eBook-publishing social network, which recently completed a round of funding, today announced a partnership with Lulu, the self-publishing and printing company, to create a branded Wattpad store on Lulu.com. Click here to check out what they’re officially calling “The Wattpad Marketplace on Lulu.com.”
To this writer, Wattpad leaves a lot to be desired. Stories are formatted like blog entries – with breaks between paragraphs and no indents – and there are no italics. Worse, though, is the presence of affiliate links peppered throughout a story. Additionally, the site is more of a short-story community than a full-length ebook community – and Lulu requires at least 32 pages for perfect binding. On the plus side, it’s a highly popular site, especially with younger readers, and it’s good news that people are that invested in the written word.
AuthorsDen is not an ebook site, so one wonders how the two will team up, but as it says there,
You can now utilize the community of like-minded authors to assist you in your creative endeavors and then publish your works at the leading self-publishing provider in our industry.
Also known as: we’re trying to find another way to monetize (nothing against that, really). Expect more partnerships like this to arise and for Lulu to be the main printer. Though Lulu is not necessarily the best deal for writers in terms of the cost per book, the free set-up will perhaps save it from the criticism of those publishers who team up with Author Solutions and their expensive packages.
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Author of The American Book of the Dead, which won Best Fiction at the DIY Book Festival and the Gold IPPY Award for Visionary Fiction. Largehearted Boy says it's "reminiscent of Philip K. Dick and Haruki Murakami, a book that boldly explores the future and defies genre." Also the author of North of Sunset, winner of the Hollywood Book Festival Grand Prize, and The Golden Calf - first published by Soft Skull Press, with editions in the U.K. (Rebel Inc.) and France (Hachette Littératures). Henry was a finalist along with Alan Moore and Dr Brooke Magnanti for his novel " God's Wife" at for Best Writer at The Erotic Awards London UK in 2013. He lives with his wife Cate Baum in Los Angeles. He is the founder of SPR. Visit henrybaum.com for more information.