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September 12, 2012 1:41 PM   Subscribe

Please recommend a virtual magazine host.

So, I edit an e-zine, which we host with a third party. That company, Bluetoad, is apparently at the center of the Apple UDID leak. Their website is now down and I'm on the lookout for something better.

I need a platform that will, in descending order of importance, do the following:

  • Take in a pdf and output an interactive e-zine
  • Enable linking
  • Have some sort of analytics built in
  • Display well in a magazine format on a computer as well as on a tablet
  • Not cost a fortune
  • One thing Bluetoad does that I like is keep a database of advertisers so that linking ads is not a chore
  • I have a domain name. I'd like it if the link to the magazine were www.domain.com/issue, not www.onlinemags.biz/domain-online/48332qwe45
  • Have pretty pretty page transitions, skins and other features

  • I've come across issuu.com and flippingbook.com. Do you have testimonials for these services? Would you recommend another?
    posted by Terminal Verbosity to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
    Coming in to emphatically insist that you not use Zinio. I subscribe to Games Magazine, which uses that platform, and it it truly awful from a user perspective. I think MeFiMag used MagCloud - might be worth checking out.
    posted by lalex at 2:11 PM on September 12, 2012 [2 favorites]

    MeFi Mag did use MagCloud, but that service is for print, not online.

    Issuu is nice, but I"m not sure it does linking. The paid version, which isn't expensive, might.
    posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:26 PM on September 12, 2012

    My company uses Texterity. I don't know much about pricing though.
    posted by misskaz at 3:28 PM on September 12, 2012

    Best answer: For posterity (FWIW—these are internet platforms, after all), we went with FlippingBook.
    posted by Terminal Verbosity at 10:35 AM on November 27, 2012

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