Starting this week, you may encounter a new experience on issuu: being able to easily preview and buy digital access to select publications, right from issuu.com. We’re starting slow — working with a small group of publishers (who have generally already been selling content outside of issuu) and their loyal readers — to make sure we do digital magazine sales right.
Why are we introducing digital sales? For a long time, all content on issuu was presented as free to read. For publishers who needed to sell their work, this required convoluted workarounds, such as uploading only a few pages for a preview and linking out to external sites to sell digital PDFs without the beautiful, professional issuu presentation. For readers, not being able to easily access content they love became quite frustrating.
We strongly believe issuu is the only digital publishing platform with the scale, scope and audience to continue increasing access to great free content and fostering the ability for dedicated, creative publishers to fund the work they love to do. Amazing content from passionate creators – for free and for sale – should live and thrive on issuu.
Up until now, we’ve only allowed free content on issuu. The next step begins now, and when we do make this digital sales service more widely available on issuu in the future, rest assured that issuu will remain the #1 place to access great free content that you can’t get anywhere else. By growing both free and paid content in one place, we’ll be connecting readers to an even greater array of meaningful content that wasn’t easily accessible before.
Curious about the experience? Check out one of our for-sale publications in action.