Wattpad is a writing/writing website targeted at teens and adults. It’s the largest ebook reading company and is a fantastic way for self-publishers and even traditional published people to get noticed. The reader-base is huge, along with many examples of the target “YA” audience.
One of the reasons it feels safe to post stories is the disabled copy/paste function. Somebody can upload their story and know that, unless a person on the other end is really lifeless and types one word at a time, their novels are safe.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
The title of this post says it all. Yes, it’s actually possible to copy and paste stories –it’s so simple, it’s haunting.
[Note: I had the steps up before to prove that I wasn’t bluffing. But then I realised just how negatively this can impact plagiarism. So now I removed them. Guess you’ll just have to trust me on this.]
So what’s the point of this post?
I’m, in no way, criticising Wattpad or underestimating the humongous fan-base you can gain. It’s one of the best ways for a small town self-published-author to make it big in the publishing industry. And, in many ways, it’s better than the traditionally-published life (you choose your audience, book covers, where you want to upload them, etc)
That said, if you’re especially scared of possible plagiarism, take it down. If you’re thinking of traditionally publishing a book, take it down. And there are countless reasons why you might want to. If so, take it down.
Your writing isn’t copy-and-paste safe there.
Do you still want to share your story online but don’t want to worry about copy/paste functions?
I’ve found two alternatives:
Figment – When [the anonymous thing that controls copy and paste] is blocked, none of the text is viewable.
Scribd – (You need to go into settings and click “Disable Copy and Paste”) You can still copy words, but when you paste it, there’s just gibberish. Not a proper paste.
Then again, there might be hacks into both those sites a year from now. So don’t count on any site being copy-and-paste proof forever.
And at the same time, I doubt Wattpad will stay like this for long. They’ll probably do something similar to Figment.