Joomag Competitors – 12 Reasons You Should be Talking About Them

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So you are interested in Joomag competitors and using a proper digital publishing service? You haven’t found a company that offers a publishing software that converts your PDF into an exciting digital magazine easily? You are looking for a platform that offers loads of new features for free without major restrictions? Well, if this is the case you have arrived at the right place for some tips. In this new blog post, I’m going to tell you why Yumpu, which is a site similar to Joomag, is the right choice for you.

I’m going to cover an in-depth analysis of 3 digital publishing tools.

yumpu logoEspecially about Joomag and Joomag competitors like Yumpu and Issuu.

I guess that you have a general idea of a few of the leading applications and sites like Issuu, Yumpu and other Joomag competitors with all their services.

I’m going to give you a quick comparison; primarily I will compare Joomag vs. Issuu vs. Yumpu.

In the end, my expert opinion should facilitate your decision on which software to use and why. But first of all I will give you a quick Joomag Review.

Joomag Review

What is Joomag?

Joomag Inc. is a digital publishing company, launched back in 2009 by its founder Ruben Vardanyan.

Since they seem to have offices all over the world, you might wonder: Where is Joomag located?

As part of the tech-boom of the early naughtiest Joomag Inc, like so many other software companies began its life in California, based in San Jose.

Now they have grown and have offices around the world, including Munich, Moscow, and Yerevan.

Joomag offers the simple, yet effective, service of converting PDF files into digital interactive content.

If some inspiration is needed, you can also find some magazine samples on their website.

This service is not unique, and Joomag has many brilliant competitors, Yumpu, for example, is equal to, if not better than them in some respects.

With Joomag, like other online publishing and editing services, all you have to do is sign up or sign in, login and begin the PDF upload process.

Of course, like everyone else using a new software or product, I asked my self: Is Joomag safe? And is Joomag reliable?

As someone relatively new to digital publishing, and wanting to improve my blog, I explored their services and products and found them to be safe, reliable and efficient.

In the months I have been using Joomag I have been able to offer new readers subscriptions to my magazines, blogs, and publications creating a significant increase in my reader numbers.

With the simple online editor and publishing tools, I went from a flat design in a PDF file, containing my brands’ logo and the article, to a fully interactive, shareable digital magazine.

You have the option, like with Yumpu, to allow readers to access your publications both online and offline and if they subscribe to your magazines, they can download the publications to enjoy them at their convenience.

But how to download Joomag?

Simple, just click on the magazine, presentation or publication you like and select download!

Joomag does not offer a wholly unique service, but they do make digital publishing accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of experience and expertise.

What features does Joomag have?

Joomag has a large goal, and that is to set the standard for digital publishing.

They want the whole world to leave behind the dull and boring content and share with their readers, new and exciting digital HTML magazines.

This may sound like a grand idea, but with the simplicity of digital publishing, it is possible.

Have you ever wondered: How does Joomag work or How to use Joomag?

The process of using Joomag, like with Yumpu or Issuu, is very easy.

You create an account, upload a PDF file and then you have a fully interactive, engaging digital magazine.

It really could not be easier.

But not everyone wants to read online.

So how to print Joomag? Can you print Joomag?

It’s easy to allow your readers to print your publications.

  1. Select the magazine you wish and click the Edit Settings button of your issue.
  2. Check the Allow readers to print out pages of this issue using their printers box and click.

Done.

Joomag and its competitors I mentioned earlier have many features, including nice templates, image editing, and video embedding.

Once you have started creating digital magazines, you can then begin using them as part of your content strategy.

The company also offers an embed feature.

Are you curious on how to embed Joomag on WordPress?

All you need to do is:

  1. select the magazine you wish to embed,
  2. click embed,
  3. you then use the corresponding code and
  4. the rest is magic!

It works the same when you want to embed your magazine on a Joomla site by just using the Joomla shortcode.

There of course also is the option to include analytics tracking in the magazines so that you can review their traffic and impact.

You can also tailor the content of your magazine to include hyperlinks, images, and if you sign up for the full business package you can get priority support and help from their customer service team, which is always useful in time of digital-need!

Joomag have also branched out and now have dedicated features for people working in education.

This allows you to create e-learning materials, papers and even help to build course work ideas and solutions.

You also have the possibility to complete one of the courses at the Joomag academy about digital publishing.

What are the packages they offer and who are they for?

Joomag is a firm favorite with some recognizable global brands as clients like Levis, Walmart, Marriott and Mercedes Benz.

They have a reputation for being reliable and for offering the complete digital publishing service.

There are other digital publishing companies out there, like Yumpu, who I think are agiler in their packages, but Joomag does have an undeniably great collection of products.

Especially when it comes to the image editing functions, you can make incredible alterations in the PDF.

But, How to crop?

Easy, select the tools from the image editing sidebar, and then you can crop and rotate without any hassle or fuss.

They offer a free trail on the Business Plan and you can have a free account with them, but it is limited in what you can achieve with it.

With the Pro Plan, you can start using their services.

So, who uses Joomag?

The entry-level package is designed for single users (small-scale publishers, freelancers, and sales reps).

It has a cap of 500 subscribers, and you can include your very basic level branding and its features some of the editing tools.

Their next price tier goes up in price per month and is called the Business Plan.

Designed for the SME’s out there, this package has your priority help services, full branding available, a customised domain that allows you to brand an online kiosk, and you can have the full Pro editing functions (video, images, hyperlinks, ad-free, mobile responsive design).

After these two plans, the next level is a fully tailored service, called the Enterprise Plan, which you can build to suit your requirements.

Services Joomag offer includes subscriber analytics, a dedicated account manager, extended API, multiple branding options, and the option to create a customised App.

As you can imagine, this level of digital publishing comes at a cost, but you can’t put a price on a superb digital experience.

How is Joomag priced?

It’s a little complicated when you first visit the Joomag site to establish what the entry level is.

So I was wondering: is Joomag free?

After a little investigation, I discovered there is a Free Plan you can have.

Unlike Yumpu, who have complete transparency and who lay out their full price plan clearly so you can know what you are buying.

With Joomag’s Free Plan you get the very basics to get you started, it is designed to encourage you to upgrade to the next price point.

For $39 a month you get what is called the Pro Plan, and it is also named the ‘Silver Plan’.

With this, you can begin to get going!

They offer you one user account, and with this, you can create basically branded, embeddable, hyperlinked, interactive magazines.

It is the perfect plan, if like me; you are a one-person operation.

If you are a larger organization that requires a lot more functionality in your digital publications, then you can go for the ‘Gold Plan’, or the Business Plan.

With the pricing of $99 a month you get the option of having five users, a full support team online to help you and all the features of the Pro Plan.

With the added benefit of an ad-free, tailored, website with a branded checkout and a vast range of editing tools.

Joomag gives you the chance to try before you buy, with a 14-day free trail of the Business Plan.

The next price point, well, it’s up to you really as the plan is individually priced to match your needs.

You get the chance to have a free demonstration of the services before you invest, so you know what is right for you.

They offer the Enterprise Plan, also known as the Platinum Plan (I know, the multiple names do make it more complicated!).

You can have a fully tailored plan created for you, that can include subscriber analytics, as many subscribers options as you wish to have, multi-branded publication pages, and extended API.

The best and only way to know what is right for you is to explore Joomag, and its competitors like Yumpu or Issuu, and find the solution that is right for you.

Joomag vs. Issuu vs. Yumpu: 6 Comparisons

On the face of it, all of the three sites are similar in the sense that they provide you publishing platforms to upload your pdf files and convert them to flash digital magazines, brochures, catalogs, etc.

Sharing & Embedding Electronic Papers

social-media-icons-auf-handAll of the three, Issuu, Joomag and Yumpu provide easy options to share or embed your flipping documents on all the leading social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Goolge+, Linkedin etc.

On Joomags Youtube channel you can find a video tutorial on how to place a Facebook share plugin in your digital magazine.

Yumpu also provides an official WordPress plugin which enables you to embed your publications into your website. With Joomag you can embed your magazine on WordPress too.

Publication Size Limits

On the one hand, Issuu lets you create as many magazines as you want.

However, there’s a limit on the size of each page (max 1 MB) and no. of pages (max 500) for each digital publication.

On the other hand, Yumpu and Joomag allow you to create as many catalogs, brochures, etc. as you possibly want with absolutely no restriction on the number of pages.

Plans & Pricing

Regarding pricing, Yumpu offers five different plans.


Yumpu pricing:

free adfree webkiosk appkiosk prokiosk
$0/month $10/month $95/month $219/month $339/month

Although the free option is costless, you can use lots of features including multimedia content.

Additionally, the free version of this software lets you embed your magazines into your website or share it via social media (Facebook, Twitter,…)

Contrary to other platforms, you are not restricted at all.

The adFree plan costs only $10/month and, as the name indicates, no advertisements or foreign magazines are displayed in your magazine.

The most popular option is the AppKiosk plan for $219/month.

With this plan, you have the possibility to present your magazines to your readers in your own app.

Mobile devices are becoming more and more important, and hence, your clients or friends can read all your new publications anywhere and at any time.

On the contrary, Issuu and Joomag offer only four options.

Both start with the free plan. In this plan, you get to upload, embed and share your digital magazine.

It also allows inserting images, sound, and video in your digital content.


Issuu pricing:

Basic Starter Premium Optimum
$0/month $19/month $35/month $269/month

Joomag pricing:

Free Silver (Pro) Gold (Business) Platinum (Enterprise)
$0/month $39/ month $99/month on request

Comparing the Issuu and Joomag pricing you can see that the Starter Plan from Issuu costs $19/month and includes reader customizations, an ad-free reader, and some analytics.

A similar offering from Joomag is the Silver Plan, it cost $39/ month and includes things as no ads, branding and selling subscriptions.

The Silver Plan is $20 more expansive than Issuu’s Starter Plan. But Issuu does not even provide branding in this package.

The Premium Plan from Issuu costs $35/month and adds features to brand your reader, drive user engagement with advanced analytics.

different price plansThe Joomag Gold Plan costs $99/month, and the offer includes native iOS and Android support, HTML5 for Mobile with which readers can access your magazines directly on their mobile without any app, and Multi-User Accounts.

The Optimum Plan is Issuu’s top offering and will set you back by $269/month for added features that include no limits on publishing and a collaborative tool for editorial teams called magma.

Joomag’s top-end offering is the Platinum Plan; price is on request, and it adds CRM, Mass Mailing, and Multi-Branding features.

Overall if you compare Issuu vs. Joomag, the latter offers better prices than the Joomag alternative.

Interactive Content

Arguably the best feature of Yumpu is, that it allows you to create interactive content for free.

You can engage your readers when you add multimedia content such as audio or video files.

Joomag too lets you add videos to your digital magazine.

Editing Tools

Joomag and Yumpu provide a rich and comprehensive editor for your digital content.

Issuu provides a collaborative tool and editor called Magma.

However, Magma is included only in the Optimum Plan, and it’s quite difficult to handle.

Selling your Publications on Joomag or with Joomag Competitors – Issuu and Yumpu

As a Yumpu PROKiosk customer, you have the possibility to sell your digital papers in your individual App.

Currently, Issuu does not support selling your publications directly or even through in-app purchases from their app on iOS or Android.

mobile-online-flip-bookOne possibility is that your publication is a preview and the last page contains a link to your website where the reader can go and purchase the book/magazine.

In Joomag your publications are available as an in-app purchase from inside the Joomag newsstand app available on the Apple app store.

Rather than directly as an app on the store (more details can be found in the review).

This is somewhat limiting, as magazines/books, available as apps for direct purchase from Apple store, get more exposure and are more easily purchased as compared to in-app purchase option provided by Joomag.

However, this offering beats Joomag competitors Issuu’s offering by far.

Conclusion

In my opinion, the Issuu vs. Joomag vs. Yumpu debate brought out a clear winner, and that’s Yumpu.com. It is a software that is better than Joomag.

Of course, all sites have their pros and cons.

However, I for my part have found a way to create digital publications from pdf online that is effective, incredibly easy and best of all is that it’s free!

Let me know if you would be interested in any further reviews/comparisons like for example Calameo vs. Joomag vs. Magcloud! Just leave a comment below or let me know about other topics of interest (like Joomag, Issuu, Yumpu,..)!

11 Comments

  1. Do joomag and issuu also offer interactive content? Or is it only yumpu?

  2. Wow – I just had a look at some yumpu magazine examples. It looks so professional and easy to handle for the customer. My vote clearly goes to yumpu!

  3. What does it mean „ Yumpu also provides an official WordPress plugin which enables you to embed your publications into your website“?

    • fineartdoc
      fineartdoc

      December 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Marina. The plugin allows your magazine is directly readable on Facebook.
      Have a look how it goes:
      1) Go to the magazine you want to embed and click on “Embed”
      2) Choose the Facebook Embed
      3) Apply the settings you want to the Embed
      4) Click “Save”, copy the created link into Facebook and share the post

  4. I just saw that yumpu is offering 5 different plans. Which plan is the best? What can you recommend?

    • fineartdoc
      fineartdoc

      December 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Jonathan, that depends on what you plan to publish. The free plan and the adfree plan actually offer you everything you need. If you have a company and you wanna take it to the next level then you should consider one of the following plans: webkiosk, appkiosk or the prokiosk. As already mentioned, the appkiosk plan is the most popular one among companies.

  5. What can I do with the WEBKiosk?

    • fineartdoc
      fineartdoc

      December 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      The WEBKiosk is most suitable for business clients with many magazines to publish.
      Your online kiosk for the World Wide Web with a central location where your magazines are clearly arranged in shelves and categorized for your readers.
      The advantage is that the interested reader has a good overview, find what he is looking for and get invited to linger and browse through the supply. The WEBKiosk bundles all magazines, news and links to your social media channels in one single spot. Hope I could help you.

  6. That’s a great comparison of platform choices. Thanks for the clear listing.

  7. I switched from joomag to yumpu. Both great products but after using yumpu for a couple of online brochures I decided to stay with my latest discovery – yumpu!

  8. Hello Fabien. How did you like Joomag? What was the reason for the switch?

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