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Product update 2020

Product update 2020

Hi, everyone:

We continue to face a global situation that is both fast-moving and unpredictable. This is a challenge that humanity hasn't faced in generations, and we encourage you to stay safe and take care of your dear ones.


In the midst of quarantine times, Inkspired has continuously been working for you and to help you maximize your writing talent or reading appetite while you #StayHome. Today we are compiling a brief list (or maybe not that brief) of all the new releases we have been rolling in the past few weeks.


One last thing before starting, we would love to hear your feedback, so feel free to reply to this post and let us know with all honesty :-)


Improvements for reading

  • You have now the possibility the see which chapters you have already read in both, the mobile apps and the website. Furthermore, if you are following a story, when you visit the story profile you will get a notification to take you right where you left off last time.


  • Reading lists have arrived at Inkspired! Create them from your Library, either public or private. Add all your favorite stories, and get users to vote for them and get a higher ranking.


  • We have created a new section called #StayHome (Day and Night). This section is aimed to readers and we offer recommendations for new reads, give you tools to participate in reading and writing challenges, we provide free monthly downloads, and also the chance to subscribe to an amazing new newsletter (no registration on Inkspired required) that will bring you new free stories to read every Friday right on your mailbox.


  • Your new Inkspired Homepage now feels more like home, especially because you can personalize it according to what you will like to see and read. Add all your favorite categories for quick access, or enable and disable widgets at your convenience, everything right on the spot.


  • You can now upvote and downvote any comment! Plus, you can now manage your own comments across all pages.


  • New Social challenges appear! Set a yearly goal for new books to read or write, and keep track of your progress during the year. If you make it by December 31st, we will reward you! ;-)


Improvements for writing and publishing

  • We are announcing a great new Self-publishing service! From today, you can request a professional Copyediting for your story. It includes way more than just spelling and grammar checks. It is a professional work that will see all editorial aspects of your manuscript, and provide corrections. Your story does not need to be published on Inkspired to submit it. For now, this service is only available for stories in Spanish and Portuguese, but English and German will follow soon. We have some unique rates, try it today!


  • We have for you a second brand new Self-publishing service: Translate your stories to another language. We have grouped professional translators to help us work with translations from English to Spanish, from Spanish to English, from Portuguese to English, from English to Portuguese, from English to German, and Spanish to German. Your story does not need to be published on Inkspired to submit it. We have amazing rates, try it today!



New Premium benefits

  • Get rid of all Ads, and read ad-free.


  • Create unlimited Reading lists, and unlock the ability to make them private.


  • Enable weekly back-ups for all of your stories and chapters! If you happened to make any mistake by chance, you can restore a back-up up to 4 weeks back in time!



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General improvements and new releases

  • We are introducing the Rewards Levels: now, getting a certain amount of Rewards Credits will get you upgraded to a new level. Each level will unlock accesses and benefits throughout the platform. We have even designed artistic new characters to represent each level. Yay! You can learn more about Rewards Levels here.


  • In relation to the announcement above, we have updated the Rewards Credits table with more actions and new values for each one of them.


  • European users can finally purchase services in Euros as a local transaction without any conversion fee in between! To choose your preferred currency, just go to Settings - Account.


  • In our Community Groups, now it is possible to search for specific discussions using keywords or filtering them by a category tag.


  • We are premiering 2 new mascots, who are joining Inko on representing Inkspired! Today, we are officially Introducing you to Inka and Katze!



We have launched a Design Lab as well where you can check out part of the creative process that created Inko and Inka, what are their missions, and what is their project for the upcoming months. See the Inko, Inka and Katze (the cat) page.


A massive THANK YOU to Jorge Murillo, our very talented Artist/Illustrator, who collaborated with us to create these wonderful characters. You should definitely follow him on Instagram at @jmcucalon.


Open calls

  • Do not forget about our latest writing contests, Quarantine Stories. You can submit stories in any form, any amount and we are receiving stories in English, Español, and Portugués. To participate, go here. The submission deadline is April 17th at 23h59.


  • We are opening the next call for Ambassadors. If you want to become an Inkspired ambassador and contribute to growing our community and get many perks in return, this is your chance to join an amazing global team. We are looking for Ambassadors for our Spanish and Portuguese programs, and also someone who wants to lead our English, French and German market. For the latter, you need to be a native speaker. The application's deadline is April 30th at 23h59.


  • German and French translations are up to 90% on our website, but we can still use a noble extra hand. The same goes for our Russian translation which is a bit behind, and some additional help on a new version of Italian we are working on. If you are keen on volunteering to help us with any of those, please apply as a translator here. We will be very happy to hear from you, and we will reward you very well :-)


Next steps

Inkspired is growing more than ever, and keep delivering on our promises. Our next challenges will be: to deliver new original content for Inkspired, create new ways to make money for all authors, improved metrics of your story's performance, new mobile app updates!, more exclusive benefits for Premium subscribers, more self-publishing services, and a brand new cutting-edge technology for all writers who want to experience new ways of digital storytelling. Isn't that enough? Well, there might be even more ;-)


Best wishes to all,

Stay safe, #StayHome.


Galo

Inkspired CEO


PS: We would love to hear your feedback, so feel free to reply to this post and let us know with all honesty :-)

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Prince Gómez Prince Gómez
Good morning Galo, there will be no update for the inspired app?
April 14, 2020, 06:32

  • Galo Vargas Galo Vargas
    Yes, there is a minor update coming soon with reading lists and a new tab for microfictions. And there will be a major update in a couple of months. April 15, 2020, 04:16
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