Ink is used to unlock episodes and support creators on Tapas.
Much like the ink in the pens of traditional comic artists and story writers, Tapas Ink helps power digital creators and connect them with their readers.
Ink can be purchased in the Ink Shop, or earned for free by watching videos or completing special offers (subject to availability). You can learn more in the How to get Ink section below.
Bonus Ink is limited-time, promotional credit that may be used to unlock episodes.
Bonus Ink may be received in your Tapas Gift Box or Inbox, rewarded for friends you invited to the Tapas app using your Invite Code, or as a result of various promotions. Bonus Ink is added to your balance immediately, so you can use it to unlock episodes right away.
Bonus Ink expires, and may only be used to unlock episodes. It may not be given to creators as Support.
How to get Ink
The Ink Shop offers different size Ink packs to fit every budget, and is available on the tapas.io website as well as the Tapas Android and iOS apps.
On the web, Ink can be purchased using a credit card or PayPal. In the Android and iOS apps, purchases are handled by Google Play and Apple via in-app purchase.
It's often possible to earn free Ink on Tapas without spending a dime, by watching video ads, inviting friends to get the app, or by completing other special offers. Availability of video ads and other special offers varies, and is not guaranteed.
In the Android and iOS apps, free Ink offers can be found by tapping the Free Ink option from the main menu on the You tab. On the web, you can use the watch-to-earn feature from the Ink Shop.
Watch-to-earn lets you view short video ads to earn free Ink. Simply open Free Ink (in the app) or the Ink Shop (on the web) from the main menu, then tap the Watch Video button to get started.
No videos? Unfortunately, video inventory and reward amounts are determined by ad providers, not Tapas, so availability is not guaranteed. If no videos are available or you didn't receive a reward you can check these troubleshooting tips, but generally your best bet is to either check back later, or try one of the other options for earning or buying Ink.
Invite friends (app-only)
Know some friends who don't have a Tapas account yet? Tap the Invite friends button to share your personal invite code. When someone downloads the Android or iOS app and signs up, they'll have a chance to enter your invite code while they're creating their profile. Once they do, you'll both get some bonus Ink!
Note: An invite code can only be entered when signing up for a new account, and may not be applied after logging in. Additionally, only one invite code may be redeemed per device, even if multiple Tapas accounts are created. There's no limit to how many people you can share your code with though, so be sure to introduce Tapas to your friends who might like great comics and stories!
Special offers (app only)
From time to time, you may be able to earn rewards by completing special offers from one of our partners, such as downloading and trying out a new game. The exact requirements and reward will vary, so be sure to check out each offer for details.
When available, special offers will usually appear on the Free Ink page. In some cases, they might show up after episodes of specific series in place of normal ads. Keep your eyes peeled so you don't miss out!
You may receive free episodes or bonus Ink in your Tapas Gift Box to celebrate the launch of a new title, as part of a special promotion, or just because we're feeling generous.
When we send you bonus Ink, there's no need to claim it – the bonus amount is added instantly to your account balance so you can use it to unlock episodes right away.
Since free episodes and bonus Ink expire, it's a good idea to check your Gift Box each day so you don't miss out!
Problems and questions
Problem with a purchase? Other questions about Ink? Check out the Problems with Ink article for help.