Online Magazines: Issuu, FlippingBook

Posted on 8/11/2009 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

We recently profiled Backcast and the possibility of creating something with the look and feel of a print magazine online. Issuu and FlippingBook are two examples of Web sites that provide technologies to bring such concepts to life.

If you visit the Issuu Web site, you can find out all you need to know about publishing any PDF, PowerPoint of Word document with a magazine style feel and layout. You can use the Issuu service for free, if you are willing to accept an advertising sidebar. For $19 a month, the advertising sidebar is removed, and you get 15GB of storage where you can publish as many documents as you like and have unlimited readers.

On the Issuu Web site, you can search for other publication. Enter the keyword “photography” and you will see over 1,000 of them, from magazines to little photo portfolio books published by individual photographers.

One of the more interesting examples of this type technology is Picture Colour Library’s
Flippin Brochure
, which is built using FlippingBook. FlippingBook accepts PDF, HTML and Flash documents.

Unlike Issuu, which stores user files on its own site, FlippingBook alows files to be stored on your server, and the system requirements are minimal. You do not need PHP, ASP, MySQL, any other server applications or programming skills; the installation procedure is just copying files onto the server.

Copyright © 2009 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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