In preparing for a presentation next week, I was trolling around for some interesting new Web 2.0 applications designed specifically around publishing and publications.
I stumbled upon Issuu (pronounced “Issue”, and tried it out. This free website makes it possible for you to download any publication you’ve created from your hard drive, which Issuu then displays on your homepage and turns your clunky PDF publication into an interactive digital publication. You can zoom in, use the right and left arrows to turn pages, and view your publication in a variety of ways.
What’s more, you can use Issuu as a library, storing all your publications and adding favorites from a growing library of other publications, all categorized by interest. The best part of using Issuu is the fact that once your publication is converted, you can then post or embed your publication anywhere online, including on your blog, website, Facebook, MySpace, etc. Issuu also provfides viewer statistics about your publication.
To test it out, I uploaded a recent Budget Book my office created, which now lives on the shelves in my Issuu library but also has been embedded on our organization’s website. Issuu provides you with detailed how-to videos as well.
This is an awesome app that I intend to use frequently.