Heather, only people who are registered can read the content. I believe there is still a free period of time. I had a couple of friends who joined free last year so they could read my novel, but they never upgraded as far as I know. There used to be a 'read only' membership. You could message Sol and find out.
When people sign up, they get 7 days of Premium Membeship. After that period, they can choose to remain a Premium member and pay the fee, or downgrade to a free Basic membership. As a basic member, they can read and even post to non-points groups. You can see the difference here:
http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/member/ … comparison
What a great idea, MzP. I would love to have my friends be able to read my stories, but they keep getting asked to create an account. The free account only last a short while. I think that a totally free 'read only' account would be wonderful. My friends would probably email me or tell me what they think of the story rather than try a full-blown review anyway.
See above comment. There is also something else you can do. You can send an email to anyone you want to read your content and even if it is set for registered only readers, the email recipient will be able to access it. You can do this from your portfolio page using the Action button.
The other thing you can do is change the setting on the Publish Settings page so the content is available on the Internet also. If you do this, your friends and anyone else will be able to read it without having to even login.
I think I'm going to include these tips in the weekly email update that goes out today.