Publish And Market Your Own iPad Magazine
Small and large business owners need to find creative ways to spread the word about their businesses to their audiences. One way is to publish online magazines that are really just websites in “magazine style”. To really make your mark on the publishing world and to get your name out there in a new way is to make your magazine portable so that your audience can download and read them on their iPad. In this way you can have a beautiful magazine that you can offer free or charge a subscription fee to make extra money.
What’s great is that an iPad Magazine will look as beautiful as any magazine you’ve ever seen, due to the way you create them, and they’ll be interactive – which makes them better than newsstand magazines. It’s not as hard as it might seem, either. You simply need excellent audience-focused content and beautiful graphics and a little know-how.
Today, you can outsource much of the work easily by using resources and outsourcers to create the content you decide with the right type of images to match. If you’re multi-talented you may be able to do it all on your own, too. It’s up to you about how much work you want to put into it, how much money, if any, you expect to earn, and how you want it to look. You don’t even need to own an iPad to get started.
Start With Your Audience
Poll your audience to find out what type of eReader they use. Do they use an iPad? If your audience loves iPads, then it’s likely they’ll want your magazine available to them to read with their iPad. Many people with iPads use their iPads to read Kindle books too, so you keep that in mind as you move forward. More and more people have iPads, so poll your audience and find out what percentage has iPads, and if enough of them have them go forward with creating an iPad Magazine.
Tools & Technology You Need
Knowing what type of tools and technology you need to create an iPad magazine will help you get started. What’s great is that it doesn’t take as much as you might think. You likely have much of what you need already, but we’ll go over the tools from the most expensive to the least expensive but workable options so that you can still publish an iPad magazine even if you have a smaller budget.
Expensive but Amazing Options
There are some options which are more expensive but they work very well to help you create your magazine without knowing any particular code. Some you will need to either know how to use Adobe InDesign and own the software or have a Creative Cloud account, or someone on your team will need to know how to do this. You can, of course, also find contractors to outsource the work to in order to see your iPad Magazine dreams come to reality.
App Design Vault
With this software and the newsstand magazine template you can create each magazine for about $249 dollars per issue with unlimited copies and downloads. This allows you to easily publish PDF or HTML versions of your magazine for sale or for free on iTunes.com for the iPad. Your magazine will be interactive, with actionable links that those who download your magazine can click on to view your recommendations, or click on advertisements within the magazine. You don’t need to know anything about complicated software. If you can create your magazine in PDF format, or HTML5 format, you can get your magazine published fast by following their easy documentation.
Mag Plus iPad Publishing
With this app, you use InDesign to create your magazine with the Mag Plus plugin to create the iPad Magazine. You can include interactive features like video, preview your content, then assemble the content without knowing any code what-so-ever. There are various price points starting at $499 a month, but you can create your entire magazine before paying to see how it works and what it looks like. You can also pay a one-time fee for one magazine with unlimited editions or a monthly fee depending on the features you’d like if you plan to put out many different magazines more often.