You may have heard about or seen our previous testing of new payment options on select community stories. These tests are our way of exploring new methods of supporting our community authors, and making it easier for them to be able to become full-time Episode authors. Our team saw some promising results for options that are currently popular on other platforms, including purchasing early access of soon to be released chapters, and options to support the author directly.
The goal of these tests is to see if there are different ways of supporting Episode authors that we can provide. We would like to make sure you know that we have no current plans to permanently remove access to free content on Episode, including community stories.
We have partnered with authors within the community to run further tests on these options to see if these are viable ways of providing our community authors with additional methods of getting readers’ support on Episode. This will be another series of short-term tests on select community stories in the Episode app, and is being run by our team, with buy-in from the authors on the stories used and not run by the authors themselves.
If you have any additional feedback on this test, please contact our support team, and not the authors participating in the test. Reaching out to our support team is the best way to get your feedback directly to Episode.
— The Episode Team