For the month of September, we’re going to focus on some great visual resources in online life. Let’s start with something familiar: an online newsstand bursting with full-color publications.
What Is It?
Issuu is site that features thousands of online magazines, catalog, conference reports and more. Professional-quality digital publications are available to read online, in full color, on a computer or mobile device. It’s free, easy to use, and many of the publications are gorgeous.
It’s easier to show you what Issuu is like than tell you, so click through on an example below to see it in action.
- Print book samplers
- Party craft magazines
- Nanotechnology newsletters
- Sewing pattern catalogs
- Canadian car parts directory
- Austin (TX) Daily Herald Fall Sports Preview
In addition to finding digital publications, Issuu is also a place where anyone can upload and show off their own visual document. All you need to do is create an account and then upload your finished document to Issuu. Share the URL for that document in email, on a blog, or from a social media account, and everyone will be able to see it quickly and easily.
How Is It Useful?
Like most of the tools we examine, Issuu is most useful because it takes a document or publication and makes it available to anyone with an internet connection, wherever they are. In addition, Issuu highlights new and popular publications each month, making it easier for other people to find the most interesting titles. Issuu’s search isn’t the best, but it does organize things by category and popularity as well as by how new it is.
Try It Out
If you just want to browse Issuu and see what other people have done, start at the home page and click on a featured title. You can also start at the publications page, then: Use the search box at the top to look for a particular topic, choose the language you want or the type of document you’re looking for to get more specific results, and use the facets down the side to browse by subject.