Free Tools to Produce an Online Digital Magazine

· Digital Publishing, Office tools

Now more and more people are using mobile devices to read digital magazine and newspaper through internet access. As a publisher, it is necessary to create digital print magazine and newspaper for your readers. Some online magazine publishing software can help you achieve this job easily, so why limit your audience?
There are also some websites offer free service to allow anyone to create their own digital magazine and newspaper. They are all very easy to use, follow me and take a view these free tools that let you produce an online digital magazine and newspaper.

5 Free Tools to produce an online digital magazine:

Calameo( – You can publish your magazine, presentations or documents and share online. You can also search your documents on Calameo. These documents are accepted: Microsoft files such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Openoffice files, PDF and Text documents.
Just register free on Calameo, upload these files to convert, you will get an interactive digital magazine. You can also share the magazine on your webpage or blog post. Just copy the embed code into your webpage source code.
Copy the embed code into your webpage source code
Limit for free users: each document must be no more than 100MB. And embed rich-media content to your publications like videos and audios just only available for paid users. But it is iPad friendly!

Issuu( ) – You can use it both as a document search engine and also as a magazine creator. Just upload your print material from computer to Issuu, and you will then view your digital publication through web browser with an animated page flip option, and there are also other convenient reading options available:Thumbnail View, zoom in & out and social share option. You can also share your magazines by embedding the code to your website.

Joomag ( ) – There are two types for you to create your own magazine: upload your existing PDF documents to convert as digital magazines, photo albums, catalogs, e-books, reports and brochures, and you can also choose a background theme for your magazine; or write your content by using its magazine template. The output magazine can be downloaded as PDF, and users can also choose the special page to read through the thumbnail page button, and you can also edit the magazine info to brand your business. Everyone is free to use Joomag.

Scribd( ) – Supported File Types: pdf, txt, ps, rtf, epub, key, odt, odp, ods, odg, odf, sxw, sxc, sxi, sxd, doc, ppt, pps, xls, zip, docx, pptx, ppsx, xlsx, tif, tiff. It is free and you can also embed your magazine to webpage or blog. But readers need pull the scroll bar to read, the magazine doesn’t have page flip effect.

Yudu( – All things I want to say, it has a good user friendly reading interface. Users can download offline of the magazine, and setting reading modes such as: auto page flip, add page filp sound, read as single page mode, view thumnail and add bookmark & notes, etc.

All these digital publishing tools are free. You can save printing and postage costs from creating digital magazine or newspaper than print version, and as well, it is easy to reach a whole new audience in the online world. If you want to brand your company or business online, or add rich-media content, you can also use some paid digital magazine creator such as XFlip. With this software, you cannot only convert PDF to flash page flip magazine, but also it supports convert other documents such as Word, Excel, PPT, videos to flipbook, you can add videos, images, dynamic SWF files to the pages, add your company info and Brand LOGO on the output magazine or newspaper. If you have any other free tools, welcome to discuss with me, and hope you can enjoy reading here!

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