Four Free Digital Magazine Publishing Sites That Can Help You Share Your Message and Your Passion

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Digital Magazines provide authors, writers, speakers, coaches, entrepreneurs, (and anyone with a passion,) a way to share your knowledge, your content, and your expertise, while accessing audiences across the globe.

There are many digital magazine companies on the Internet today and I’d like to share with you my favorite digital magazine sites. In most cases there is a free as well as a premium version to choose from and each is user-friendly. Have fun exploring each of these sites!

ScoopIt: 

Scoop.it lets you easily publish gorgeous online magazines by curating content on your favorite topic.

I use Scoop.it as a “book marking system.” When I am researching online, I often come across interesting sites or articles that I’d like to explore at a future time. When I bookmark them in my browser, I rarely remember to revisit those sites. However, when I bookmark them by curating content for my Scoop.it publication, I have easy access to my “reading pile.” Being that I “scoop” content throughout the week, it is imprinted in my thoughts to head over and catch up on my reading, over the weekend.

Another great benefit of publishing to Scoop.it is that you can automate announcements to a variety of social networks at the same time you are “scooping” something on the Internet. Interested readers will comment on your scoops and many will follow your publication.

In the few short months over 1,600 visitors have stopped by to read my publication. Here’s a link to my most popular Scoop.it publication on the topic of “digital publishing.” You can read, follow, or add to this interactive digital magazine.

Become known as an expert on your topic and connect with those who are interested in the topic you publish your ScoopIt publication(s) on.

PaperLi: 

Paper.li is a content curation service that pulls in content from people you are following or groups you manage, on Twitter. Paper.li enables you to publish online newspapers based on your topic. Become known as an expert in your field and connect with other experts while building relationships.

You can publish content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. into an online newspaper or digital magazine.

To pull in content from Twitter:

  • Create a group on Twitter and add people to the group who write on the topic of your Paper.li
  • Paper.li automatically pulls in content and posts an announcement to Twitter, listing the Twitter name of the top contributors each day
  • This will provide you with opportunities to build a relationship with contributors, as they will see their name come across Twitter. It is not uncommon for people to retweet these messages.

I’ve had the opportunity to build some incredible relationships with people who write about or are interested in the topic of my Paper.li publication. Here’s an example of a well-rounded Paper.li, digital magazine on the topic of book marketing.

Issuu:

Issuu is a leading digital publishing platform where you can easily upload digital magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. I’ve enjoyed reading some amazing publications on Issuu and when researching to find a fun one to share with you today, I discovered “Guest Blogging for Dummies” which you can read online.

Issue is a user friendly site and it is easy to upload your publications. If you’d like to see an example, here’s an issue of the Book Marketing Gazette that I uploaded to Issuu.

Yudu: www.Yudu.com
YUDU is another digital publishing platform that takes the written word to a new level. At the premium level, you can publish a multimedia publication that “brings together the power of the written word, video, audio and images.”

YUDU offers both a reading library and a marketplace where you can read, buy, and sell your content.

There are several levels of service available. The YUDUfree system you can publish unlimited documents. At this level, if you need to edit your content you can to update the original file then upload your edited publication.

With a YUDUplus or YUDUpro accounts you can replace individual pages instead of having to republish. You also have access to many more features, such as the ability to enhance your publications with video, flash and audio.

Here’s a simple example of how to add a multimedia component to a YUDUfree publication by adding a hyperlink to an image of a video. In this example Joanna Penn shares an audio interview with Steven Lewis on the topic of, How to Get Readers to Buy Your Kindle Book.

Time to Take Action

Consider setting yourself apart by publishing digital magazines on your topic.

It is my recommendation that you begin by setting up a ScoopIt and a PaperLi account as they are easy to set up and simple to automate. From there, visit the other sites and enjoy exploring. Once you set up your publications, share the URL to your profile or publication, in the comments section below, as well as with your subscribers and your followers on the social networks. What a great way to learn more while discovering what our readers are interested in!

Share Your Thoughts

Do you already use one of the above mentioned digital magazine services? Did one (or more) of the featured digital magazine sites capture your attention and inspire you to look into publishing your own digital magazine?

Scroll down and share your responses, questions, and ideas!

Here’s to your digital publishing success,
D’vorah

 

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  1. I am currently researching platforms to use to Publish a magazine, I have done a print version before now I want to go digital , I am sceptical about paying monthly subscriptions fees to start, I want to start a free version first. I am depending on your advice. I am an author as well and looking for ebook options.

    • Hi Collin, I hear what you are saying. I recommend the magazines mentioned in this article as they each offer free levels of service. Explore them to decide which is the best for you. If you are looking for a PDF flip magazine, check out Issuu and Yudu. Let us know what you decide on, and if you’d like…share your magazine with us.

  2. I personally like uberflip – they too have a FREE tool but upgrade to the next level (inexpensive monthly subscription) and you can easily add video, audio, widgets! I truly consider myself “No Tech!” and this tool really is easy to use – no, i do not work for the company but I have been using uberflip for over 18 months and they truly keep getting better.

    Thanks for the scoopit tip! looks very interesting and cool! GET THE MESSAGE OUT – KILL NO TREES!
    justine

    • Hi Justine, I have not heard of the tool before, I’m off to explore. Thank your for your comment and for sharing a new tool! Have fun with Scoop.it! I find it a great way to keep track of things I find interesting online while providing valuable content for our community.

  3. Hi D’vorah, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore Scoop.it. Sometimes I think I’m one of their biggest advocates. Now that I have connected Bufferapp to Scoop.it the possibilities are endless! I’m following your scoops now too.

    I’m a Paper.li fan also. I use it as a monitoring tool similar to the way most people use Google Alerts.

    I need to log into my Issuu account and dust it off and check out Yudu for the first time. Thanks for introducing me to it.

    Have a great day!

    • Hi Ileane, sounds like you have some exciting things going on! What topic are your online magazines on? What is Bufferapp?

      • Dvorah,

        My Scoop,it topics are:
        Basic Blog Tips
        Podcasts
        YouTube Tip and Tutorials
        Blogging Contests
        STEM Advocate

        Buffer is an extremely popular chrome extension that allows you to schedule your posts to social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Leo and Joel are the owners and they also own the Digg Digg plugin for WordPress.

        • Wow Ileane, those are great topics, I’m off to explore. Your blog looks amazing. I just “scooped” your article and posted it on Facebook. Added your name to the comments. Great to meet you!

  4. Very interesting stuff, D’vorah. Thank you for this informative blog post. As interesting as everything sounds, I don’t know if I would necessarily agree that this is a valid option for all who wish to publish the written word. My main love is now and will always be print magazines. Ebooks are a tough sell for folks like me who like the look, feel, and portability of the written word in print.

    Andnow, you are suggesting that people start curating their own content to publish digital newspapers. It is somewhat innovative, but fails in originality. The content that is curated are news stories published by others, not one’s own.

    I am much happier sticking with the basics or even experimenting with blogs. Plenty of blog platforms have beautiful themes and templates that make the written word look simply beautiful. And that is true originality, with one’s own expression written exactly as one sees fit.

    • Great points Amanda! I agree that there is nothing like the written word in print, I am a big book lover. In my mind, these online magazines are not a substitute for writing one’s own books and blogposts. But rather a way to pull together articles, on topics of interest to one’s readers. For me this provides a great way for me to pull together articles that I want to read, in one handy location. Additionally, my readers appreciate that I locate and curate content that is of great interest to them. Having online magazines also positions one as being connected to that topic and increases credibility.

  5. Great piece, Devorah! I see this newspapers all the time, and have often wondered how they are created or how the material is curated. Thanks for the intel.

    • Ooops. Meant Dvorah. I have a friend named Devorah.
      Nina

    • Nina, I know what you mean. When I first discovered Paper.li I couldn’t imagine how someone could pull all that info together. Love how it’s so easy to automate! Let us know if you create a Paper.li on your topic.

  6. Hi Dvorah!
    Great idea! Actually I already have a FB and LinkedIn Group for Art of Creativity in Business. And you’ve just answered one of my questions about how to easily post content in the groups! Thanks!

  7. How fun Laura! It won’t take long until you are in the habit of “bookmarking” articles and interesting websites on a regular basis. I took things a step further and created a Facebook page on the topic of my Scoop.it publication, as you can post your Scoop.it notifications directly to your page! Great way to share your publication while providing relevant content to people on Facebook interested in your topic!

  8. Love this article! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my online newsletter and how bored I am with the traditional format. I’ve tried a few different ideas but these ideas you’ve shared with us today have my mind going in a whole new direction!

    I just created a Scoop It mag called the Art of Creativity in Business.
    The link is: http://www.scoop.it/t/the-art-of-creativity-in-business

    Thanks for a great idea inspiring article!

  9. Hi Deborah, what I love best about Scoop.it is that I don’t have to spend a lot of time adding content. What I do is, whenever I find an interesting website or article I want to read, I scoop.it to my publication and promote it on Facebook if I think the article would be of interest to others. In fact, I think that is how you ended up finding this exact article, as I had scooped it and shared it on Facebook!

  10. Dvorah, I have a Paper.li that I have used for a long time. I like it because it picks up from my twitter and I don’t have to physically create it every day. I also have a scoop.it, but haven’t done much with it. I enjoy all the articles you share on scoop.it, I wish I could get into it the way you have, but just haven’t taken the time. Thanks for sharing more ideas with us on how to get our message out.
    Blessings,
    Deborah H. Bateman-author