February 10, 2020
The web fiction space is rapidly expanding. Compiled below are 10 of the best websites to read web novels and fiction online.
I’ve also recommended a web series from each site.
(The list is not in any particular order other than my personal preference.)
Royal Road offers free web fiction uploaded by its community of writers. No need to pay to get access to chapters, although there is a subscription option if you want to remove ads. Easy signup for reading and writing. Several long, ongoing series here that can’t be found elsewhere.
Good for: Entry point into reading and writing web fiction.
Recommended Story: The Wandering Inn (Fantasy)
Owned by a big Chinese corp, webnovel.com offers both English originals and translated Chinese stories and comics. They have a cumbersome power stone and spirit system that ultimately tries to get you to spend money to get access to the latest chapters of their premium stories.
Good for: Translations of popular Chinese web fiction. Reading on your phone through their app.
Recommended Story: Reincarnation of The Strongest Sword God (Video Game, Reincarnation)
Wattpad was the undisputed leader of web fiction for a while. They’re a bit heavier on the teen romance stories. The reading experience can get a bit annoying with ads if you aren’t a paid subscriber.
Good for: Massive library of English web fiction (especially for teens). Reading on your phone through their app.
Recommended Story: Confessions About Colton (Mystery)
Gravity Tales does translations of Chinese and Korean light novels and web fiction, plus it hosts a handful of English originals. A lot of cultivation stuff here.
Good for: Translations of popular Chinese and Korean franchises.
Recommended Story: King of Gods (Martial Arts, Cultivation)
Wuxia World is another hosting and translation site, mostly focused on Chinese xianxia stories, though they do also have a few Korean translations and English originals.
Good for: Translations of popular Chinese xianxia franchises.
Recommended Story: Against the Gods (Fantasy, Action)
Fiction Press is one of the older repositories of web fiction, now running for two decades. The site seems to be a bit less active than some of the others in this list, but some of their long-running entries are still going.
Good for: English fiction and poetry.
Recommended Story: Mother of Learning (Fantasy)
Web Fiction Guide doesn’t actually host web fiction but acts as a directory for authors across the internet. Good spot to find fiction by authors who only host on their own websites. They also run topwebfiction.com, which does a ranking of ongoing series.
Good for: Updates and reviews of original web fiction.
Recommended Story: Worm (Superhero)
Inkitt is actually a boutique publisher, but they also host web fiction. They seem to offer publishing contracts to the popular stories that get submitted to their site. Often it’s an ebook deal published through Amazon Kindle.
Good for: A community of writers that read and review each other’s work.
Recommended Story: Human (Scifi, Romance)
Tapas is a digital publishing company that publishes user-created (and owned) comics and web novels. They are more widely known as a mobile-publishing platform, but they also run a website.
Good for: Reading comics and fiction novels on your phone.
Recommended Story: Immortal Soul (Comedy)
Scribble Hub is a fast-growing site for original web fiction. The stories here are entirely free and they have a setup similar to Royal Road. Quite a bit of harem and fantasy trending here.
Good for: Reading web fiction without ads.
Recommended Story: The Villainess’s Redemption (Fantasy)
If you see a site you think should be on this list, please let me know in the comments below!
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Even a Hero Needs a Vacation Every Now and Then is my web fiction novel.
It tells the story of Archibold Stormblood, the greatest hero in the world of Visseria. He’s spent his 221-year life training and fighting, and now that the Mad King is dead and the Demon Lord is defeated, all he wants is a well-deserved vacation living as a humble tavern keeper and brewmaster in his 19-year-old body.
But despite his best efforts to avoid conflict, trouble keeps finding its way back into his life.
Will Arch be able to hide his true identity as The Stormblood and maintain his peaceful existence running the Tipsy Pelican Tavern with his growing staff of beautiful barmaids? Or will he be sucked into the new troubles brewing around him?
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Slice of Life
You can read the story for free here.