It took us several weeks to struggle through the multitudinous digital publishing sites out there in order to get an idea of which one to use best. Now that we tested most of them, we are going to tell you about two of our best finds – Joomag and our odds-on favorite Yumpu.
Joomag, one of the sites like Issuu, is an online service that allows you to create and publish digital content such as e-books, online magazines, brochures, help guides, corporate material and other digital content. Joomag is similar to other online publishing solutions such as Yumpu, Issuu, Flipsnack or MagCloud in the sense that it also allows you to upload PDF files and convert them into digital magazines.
During writing our Joomag review we noticed that the difference between Joomag and most Joomag competitors is that Joomag adds interactivity to the digital magazines, like its competitor Yumpu does. Both provide a rich set of free online features for designing, editing and publishing. You can add links to share your magazine, include audio, and even video to your publications.
Joomag offers several price plans including Free, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. They also offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all their plans. You can start off with the free to use version, to get familiar with the software and the services it provides, and evaluate it yourself without having to pay anything. In the free version, you can upload PDF files, create links, and insert images, sound, and even video inside your digital magazine. The Silver Plan costs $15.95/month and includes No Ads, Branding, and selling subscriptions. The Gold Plan costs $39.95 /month and offers additional features including Native iOS and Android Support, Multi-User Accounts, and HTML5 for Mobile with which readers can access your magazines directly on mobiles without any app. The most expensive and comprehensive plan is the Platinum Plan, it costs $95.95/month and adds CRM, Mass Mailing, and Multi-Branding features.
After using and having experienced Joomag and conducting a Joomag review ourselves, we believe that Joomag offers the following benefits to you:
First and foremost, Joomag provides a comprehensive set of templates and layout for your digital magazine.
Arguably the best feature of Joomag is that it allows you to create interactive content for your website. You can engage your reader with interactive features such as video, audio, chats, picture galleries, and even subscription and feedback forms to share.
Joomag allows you to create as many catalogues, books, and magazines as you possibly want. Also, there is no restriction on the number of pages you can add to each book or magazine to share with your readers.
A major drawback is that in order to make your content available on iPad only, you will need to pay additional monthly fees and get the Gold or Platinum plan.
Another disadvantage is that your publications are only available as an in-app purchase from inside the Joomag newsstand app available on the Apple app store, rather than directly as an app in the store. 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 the in-app purchase option provided by Joomag.
You will notice that searching for publications within the iPad app is quite challenging.
Joomag review – Conclusion
Considering the many online publishing platforms available out there, Joomag is a contender worth trying. However, in comparison with the Joomag alternative Yumpu, Joomag performs slightly worse. With Yumpu you have the possibility to embed your online publication anywhere (website, blog, web shop, social media, etc.). Additionally, the content is optimized for all the mobile devices and submitted to search engines automatically. As already mentioned, audio and video files as well as links can be integrated into your magazine to ensure interactivity. So try this user-friendly software directly online – for FREE!