- I’d like the option to listen to stories on Wattpad.
- I would never listen to stories on Wattpad.
Several years ago, I got a program called NaturalReader to assist me with my editing. I copy and paste text into it, and the program reads that text aloud. The computer voice isn’t perfect, but I’ve gotten used to it and I really like how it frees up my hands to do other things while I am reading. I like making jewelry and fidgeting with various objects on my desk, so it lets me do that.
When I first installed it, NaturalReader had a function to read websites aloud, but that didn’t work so well because it would start by reading the url or weird code that wasn’t even visible on the screen. So I disabled that function and now the only way I can listen to text is to open the program and copy-and-paste text into it. Unfortunately, that means I can’t listen to Wattpad stories through NaturalReader. I get that y’all want to reduce plagiarism by not letting people copy and paste text, but personally I find it annoying that I actually have to look at the screen to enjoy another Wattpader’s story. I’ve been spoiled.
Maybe NaturalReader has gotten better now about not reading url and code from websites, but it’s also expensive and I’m not going to upgrade to the latest version until I need a new computer. I’m also not going to upgrade on the risk that whatever anti-copy-paste software Wattpad has in place would prevent NaturalReader from functioning entirely.
So here’s my idea/request:
Could Wattpad actually partner with NaturalReader (or a similar read-aloud program) and add a website button to initiate the chapter being read aloud right on the site? It would be free advertising for NaturalReader (or a similar company) and people who don’t usually find time to read on Wattpad can now listen while they are doing dishes or watering the garden or cleaning the bathroom or even getting dressed in the morning. It’s a win-win-win!
Maybe have a paid version with no advertisements for premium Wattpad members and a free version with radio-style advertisements for non-premium Wattpaders. Maybe offer a discount on the purchase of NaturalReader (or similar software) for premium Wattpad members. I currently don’t have a premium Wattpad membership and never have, but something like this might entice me to get one.
So . . . thoughts on this idea?