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Issuu app review: take your magazines with you

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Introduction

Remembering to pick up and then carrying around the latest issue of your favorite magazine has always been a bit of a hassle, which is why digital magazines have done so well and have really made a huge impact. The Issuu app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and gives users a way to enjoy all kinds of publications for free and in a digital way. There are more than 25 million different publications to be found here, with new ones added daily. Additionally, you can find publications in more than 30 different languages. This means no matter what your interests, hobbies, or passion you're likely to find to find a number of publications that you want to read.

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Besides the fact that the app is loaded with free publications, there is also a variety of features meant to customize your experience. The idea is for users to feel as close to reading an actual magazine as possible.

Issuu: A world of magazines. Free.

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Making Magazines Accessible and Free

When you start to read about everything Issuu offers to its users it comes as no wonder that it manages to pull in over 100 million unique visitors each month. The way it works is that this is a platform where people can upload their magazines and get it out to the world in a free and simple way, which benefits the readers obviously.

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"From giants of the publishing industry to art-school graduates seeking a first job, Issuu gives anyone with digitally bound content the ability to upload and distribute their publications worldwide. In just minutes, and as often as they’d like," says the developer of the app, Issuu.

As soon as a publication is uploaded and made public on the app, it will instantly be available to you the reader so you are able to access things immediately. On a regular day you can expect over 20,000 publications to be made available. These publications aren't just magazines either, you can also find DIY guides, catalogs, portfolios, newspapers, community papers/programs, information from corporations, and so much more. The one thing these publications share is that each one appears like a professional looking magazine, so you're going to get the same reader experience no matter what you pick.

Publishing on Issuu

The publishing process has been made incredibly easy by Issuu. In fact, within a few minutes you can be published. Just upload your document and Issuu will convert it into their format for proper display. You can add images, links, videos and other customizations to enhance the reader experience. Additionally, publishers can upgrade to the premium package and make use of social tools and advanced analytics. If you are a publisher that works within a team setting, Issuu also makes it easy for all team members to collaborate on the publication process.

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Issuu: A world of magazines. Free.

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Exploring the App

As soon as you hear the words “free content” it’s sure to spark interest, so I went into this app expecting quite a bit. I mean the idea of so many free publications to enjoy any time I like, in all kinds of topics and genres is pretty exciting. As soon as you launch the app you instantly see that developers have gone for a modern, sleek, and pleasing user interface meant to appeal to the masses. Now comes the fun part, finding publications that you are interested in.

If you know what you’re looking for right away, go ahead and type it into the search bar. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous or unsure you can browse through that main screen and look at the different categories of interests, what is currently being read, featured stacks, staff picks, and featured publishers. From here you can narrow down the options even further by making use of the filters.

Once you tap on a publication you can then like it, share it with others, read it, or flag it so you remember to take a look at it later. Reading the magazine is smooth just swipe the screen to advance the page. If you find the print/photos are too small, just pinch and open up the screen so you can zoom in on content. I found myself pleasantly surprised at how great the pages looked the quality of the photos, the quality of the content itself, and just the overall experience.

I'd say the only downfall with the app is that it's easy to see that this one could be a bit overwhelming. There is just so much content to go through and if you don't have the time to browse through it all you may not feel like even trying. The best tip is to make use of that search tool on the main screen. This can narrow down the results drastically and at least help you to find what you want a lot faster and smoother. Over time you’ll start to find favorite publications any way, which will make things faster again.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The app features more than 25 million free publications
  • Over 20,000 new publications are added on a daily basis
  • All interests, topics, and hobbies are represented
  • There are magazines, journals, newspapers, DIY guides, corporate material, and more
  • The app allows you to personalize it
  • Make use of the search tool
  • Follow brands, readers, or publishers that you enjoy
  • Share content
  • Pinch the screen to zoom in on content

Cons

  • It’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content here
  • Sometimes the browsing experience is time-consuming due to the quantity

First Edition

The Issuu app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is an ideal solution for those who love the digital reading experience and are looking for a way to enjoy a variety of content for free. The app is smooth to navigate, there is no shortage of material, and over time you can really personalize it and start following those publishers, readers, and brands that you enjoy. This is the kind of offering that gets better over time as you get to know the content. There's no reason not to download this app today!

Issuu: A world of magazines. Free.

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Tonya Costoff Medeiros

Tonya is a former travel writer who has spent the last few years testing, researching and reviewing iOS apps.