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Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

Issuu Releases New Update, Becomes Community Magazine Library

One of the most popular platforms for digital magazine distribution, Issuu, is finally getting a new look. With 70 million unique visitors each month via 11.5 million publications already in tow, the website is now transitioning from a place for magazines to get their name out to a place where readers can go to discover new material.

And with a new update that went live today, readers will be exposed to a lot more of what the platform has to offer.

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Can MediaWire Bridge the Cross-Platform Gap?

Developing a comprehensive digital experience for a publication is no small task. While very few outlets have the financing and manpower to produce a custom app, the low-cost appeal of micropublishing could leave organizations still wanting more — especially when it forces you to choose between platforms rather than catering to all of them.

Cross-platform experiences are the goal of MediaWire, a new startup that enables publishers to create and distribute their publications directly through smartphone stores. Unlike some micropublishing apps, MediaWire charges a flat fee per upload and leaves the revenue from sales alone.

The tool already publishes apps to the Apple App store and Google Play, with BlackBerry App World and Windows Store to follow. MediaWire is one of the only companies that supports all of these devices from a single source, meaning that it’s a good candidate to use for digital publishing if the goal is to be truly cross platform across all mediums. MediaWire also allows for users to share publications across major social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, for no extra cost.  Read more

Introducing PUBSLUSH Press

Aspiring authors take note: There’s a new publishing company in town and it’s letting readers decide which books get published.

PUBSLUSH  Press, a privately-owned company which calls itself the people’s publisher,  launched  in August. The company hopes to “bring publishing back to the people” using social media, said founder Jesse Potash.  I interviewed Potash to learn more about the company. Read more

Google Releases Authorship Markup To Help Connect Authors With Their Content

Yesterday on their search blog, Google announced the release of Authorship Markup, an attribute which publishers can tack onto link tags to help Google’s algorithm better connect authors and their content in search results. It’s a seemingly tiny tweak, but one that is actually key to helping better organize and join authors and their content on the web.

Many news sites have already instituted Author Pages, which aggregate articles written by an author onto one specific platform, making it easier for fans of those authors to find their work. The New York Times collects information about everything from events to businesses to its own reporters on their Topic Pages. Google’s Authorship Markup won’t change this process, but instead will help to better surface more relevant information about that author and their work in Google searches.

“We know that great content comes from great authors,” reads yesterday’s announcement, “and we’re looking closely at ways this markup could help us highlight authors and rank search results.”

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