Sorry to be such a bother (I've mentioned this before), but this is a website that is important to me and I am passionate about this subject.
First of all, I want to say that Inkitt is THE BEST website for sharing your work, and reading new work. The only app I think is on the same level is iBooks. That's saying a lot because websites like Wattpad and Bookster are so convoluted to me I don't even consider them worth using, when they should be easy-to-use since the entire point ... See More is writing and reading and sharing. On Inkitt, everything is organized wonderfully. You want to write? Simple as hitting that "Write" button, and away you go. Reading is wonderful too with the ability to choose text size, paper colour, and having a progress indicator of how far along you are. Simply perfect. I really have to applaud the designers and artists that have made this website what it is!
Having said that ... there are some things that I really, truly believe need to be improved. Please hear me out! I think these things could increase the popularity or at least the longevity of the site.
1. Please allow 2 more formatting options, this is all I ask: these are justified type, and centered type. Justified makes it cleaner to read, while center type allows for more freedom as the writer to indicate an important lettering in the story (in 1984, Orwell uses this for the writing on the government buildings). I do understand there are restrictions due to mobile view, but I simply don't care. I care about what that reader sees, and what the writer intends. If iBooks can do it, it would be a good step for Inkitt to do it too, and if there is freedom for a writer to use these tools, maybe even more writers will start using Inkitt instead of the others!
2. Mobile view needs the rotation functionality. It is easier to hold an iPad length-wise and that's how I prefer to use it. When using the Inkitt app, you cannot rotate the screen. Again, iBooks supports this, but not Inkitt. It's all about the reader, right? If a reader can enjoy reading on the site, then they will use it. I think adding the rotation functionality will provide more options as the reader, and again they may prefer to use Inkitt then over others.
While I'm on the subject, the mobile view does not show any links from my profile to my facebook or twitter or website. VERY disappointing, as I'd love to share my work using Inkitt, but the fact that there is no way to link readers back to my social media is a HUGE no-go. We work very hard on our writing (lots and lots of UNPAID hours of life), and it is simply not worth it to share the story on mobile if potential readers of our work won't have any way to connect with us at all. I'm sorry. As it stands, it is more appealing for me to write something on something like Reddit, or tumblr, where I can literally embed a link to my website or PayPal or facebook or whatever it is, right into the text itself at the end of the story. Besides, if there were links to my facebook, then I'd be using Inkitt more to share, and it would go right back to the website the next time I share a story.
3. Please add more options for profile linking. For example, the "embed profile" option for an html is great. However, you can't customize it. It's too big for my website and I don't agree with the word choice used to present itself (I don't have a novel, I write short stories, but the link says "Read my novels!") I cannot use this. If there were two or three other selections to choose from, or if we could customize it including the text, then I really would use it. As of now to me it's a useless feature that could and should be great with just a few adjustments!
4. Lastly, but not least, I do believe stories need to be curated a lot better. I see a lot of stories with tons of likes and reviews and shares, that are riddled with spelling mistakes, grammar, punctuation, and are just generally unreadable. Meanwhile, others that are written with a lot more care get no attention. I'm not sure if this is some kind of bot activity, or people bribing people to read their stories, but something is wrong. While it's a great idea to put the power into the reader's hands, it's not enough. There has to be some kind of curation for at least basic English, and added security to prevent people from botting or bribing for votes wouldn't hurt either. The story is number one. The craft. If people who care about these things are seeing no results, while other people who bash their heads against the keys and receive tons of attention simply because a group of "readers" navigated their novel illegitimately, does not make it GOOD, or worth reading for the general majority of other people. Sorry if that comes off as rude, but I think it has to be said and brought to attention. I know I may be wrong on this, but I cannot ignore that something feels off here. People do this ALL THE TIME on Reddit and it's a huge problem. People are paid to write Facebook comments and like posts to give them attention. It's not hard for me to imagine people do it on other, newer, less secure platforms as well, and if it is happening, that would be criminal.
PS I also suggested allowing more badges in the future, like reaching a certain word count, or writing a certain number of stories, just little things to make you feel good about actually writing (and why not give the readers some badges too for reading?) I think this was a year ago, someone from Inkitt told me it's coming in a few months. Not sure what happened to that.
Anyway, that aside, this website rocks. It would literally wither my soul if it faded or became corrupted somehow because a few little things. I know I'm just a guy, and I know you guys work like crazy with passion on this, so take what I'm saying with a grain of salt but hopefully it can provide some value too. But I would really, really love to see at least some of these things see daylight.
Thanks for reading!!
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If I upload chapters to my manuscript does that automatically make them viewable to other people? I just want to keep everything private for now. Still very much in the beginning phase of Nano.
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What does "Voted On" mean?
I see in my Inkitt updates, people are "vot[ing] on" my novel, but what does this mean? Does this mean they click on the heart on the app that says "Likes"? Because the number of likes I have on the app (1 Like) does not correspond to the number of votes I received (3). Can the Inkitt team explain the difference between Likes and "Vote[s]"? Thank you.
I just entered a new Novel in the 'Tales Told Out of School' Series I am writing.
Number 7 'Eunice Dyson's Lost Panties', is not showing up. Why not?
How long after the writing contest has ended do you wait for inkitt to contact you before you know if you've won?
I put a question up here on 'Chapter Reads' on those of my books that do not display, as your box only shows 18 of my books.
My post was deleted without it being answered. As I track 'Chapter reads' on all of my books, this is important to me to show reader engagement..
Would you like to try again please?
I was able to find two reviews, and I received an email about them liking a review I did, but can't find that review. Any suggestions?
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