Issuu – Experiments With Publishing Software
by Adam Robbert
I have just recently been made aware of Issuu, an online publishing service for magazines, websites, books, and journals. Having only briefly used the site this afternoon I cannot give a full review of the services yet, but so far things look promising.
In addition to offering users an intuitive interface with which to publish their work, the site also has a number of features that may be appealing to academics, freelancers, and writers who are interested in open-access or self-publishing models of content distribution. For example, the bottom border of the page contains options for sharing and embedding articles through email and social media sites directly.
One of the features that I find particularly compelling is that the software allows the publisher to generate live links within the article itself. The essay I tested the service with, for example, contains a link in the byline that takes the reader straight to my email. Similarly, one of the sources I cite in the essay is posted online, and if someone wants to click the link the original source shows up instantly in a new window.
As scholars continue to publish work online more frequently, I can see this kind of sharing, embedding, and linking becoming a standard citation practice that connects the article to the larger network of information from which it emerges. I have embedded a test essay below (it’s my first attempt at an object-oriented ecology that has been sitting on this site for some time now).
If you have a moment, it would be great to hear any feedback or thoughts you might have about the presentation, interface, and overall usability of the format. Feel free to leave comments below. Cheers.