So, before we get into the nitty gritty of things, let me provide you all with some background information.
Last year, around May/June 2018, there was an experiment done with the offline reading experience:
Over the next three weeks, Wattpad Premium will be rolling out an experiment around the offline reading experience for our users. This could mean that if you are not a Wattpad Premium user you will not be able to read all your saved stories offline during this trial. The good news is this will fix a lot of bugs and issues that you might not even be aware of.
Did you know that downloading every story into your library takes up storage space making your phone and the Wattpad app run slower? This new trial will help to control this to improve overall app performance for you. This should also help remedy library syncing issues!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the community team. Wattpad agents will be happy to help!
This experiment made it so that those without Wattpad Premium could not read offline at all.
It was quickly rescinded and offline reading came back to everyone once it was over.
Fast forward to yesterday now. September 26th, 2019. I visit the forums and see this:
So, then, I looked into it myself and since my apps auto-update, I had the update, too:
I had to sleep because human bodies are needy like that but this morning, I found this:
I don’t know about you but this new limit sounds very familiar to the experiment from last year.
And for those who are curious to see what Wattpad has released as a statement, here it is:
We’re excited to update you about the launch of a new Library experience.
The new Library experience enables users to:
- Choose which stories they wish to store to their device for offline reading
- Add and remove stories from their offline list directly from the Library
- View their offline limit and whether a story is available offline or online
Now, users can dive into their favorite Wattpad reads without worrying about internet connectivity or its associated charges as it helps users manage their device storage, by preventing the app from automatically saving all the stories in their Library on to their device. By giving users control over which stories they want to store for offline reading, we hope to create a more efficient Library management experience, while optimizing performance.
Note that Paid Stories in users’ Libraries do not count towards the offline limit.
The new Library experience / Offline feature will be slowly rolling out to all Wattpadders, and over the course of the coming weeks, each one of you will eventually see this update. This new experience was designed and built for you—the members of our diverse, creative, and passionate community—and we can’t wait for you to explore it for yourselves.
Now, before I let you all loose to discuss this, I’d like you to answer a question first.
How do you feel about these changes?
- Strongly Agree
- Unsure / Neutral
- Strongly Disagree