Oh, I didn’t mean to replace Patreon or ads immediately. In fact, integrating Patreon and PayPal is currently on my roadmap. It just that by highlighting Web Monetization API that people seem to be skeptical about its future, they just don’t see the idea why spreading $5/month subscription would work in a community that already get used to read free contents.
Coil subscription in my platform is for those who want to support community (the open and ability to share revenue) rather than individual creators, as premium experience subscribers get directly from creators at most 1~2 advanced chapters each novels. But what it truly does the most is unlocking platform features that normally locked for free readers. Beside ads-free experience (which is obvious), there are also features like theme picker and the ability to read chapters with infinite scroll instead of classic one chapter per page layout, and I’ve been toying with the idea to introduce custom comment system to add Discord’s Nitro-like subscription system that provide myriads of emojis for Coil subscribers to use. I’m also originally planned to including offline reading to the list, since my platform already a full-blown Progressive Web App, but apparently it seems Web Monetization API is currently unable to compensate creators when users consume their contents offline, so I probably move that to paywall/patron system.
In early development I’m looking to see to recruit translators group from NovelUpdates because due to NU’s reading list features, readers tend to hop from websites to websites, so many websites have struggled to convert readers to loyal Patreon supporters. One example of this is KobatoChan group that, despite has pinned a post announcing their Patreon for almost 4 years, currently only has 2 patrons supporting them (sadly, KobatoChan owner rejected my offer when I approached him). For content creators to succeed in their ventures of publishing contents with Patreon, they need to create a brand and community around their websites first, which is very hard for those that rely on NovelUpdates’ referral link to succeed.
Fans translation community actually is a good use case for Web Monetization API to get implemented, actually. Besides the open but weak branding I said in my opinion above, translators most of the time also work in a group, even in a random small websites’ comment section you can find strangers offer to contribute as editors/proofreaders. It’s a breeding ground for revenue sharing experiment.