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I can’t say that the sudden rise of web-delivered digital magazines is a trend I foresaw. It was initially a by-product magazine renaissance that came with the mass ownership of touchscreen devices, but webzine publishing is now a niche in which many startups are willing to specialize.

This year, alone, I have personally reviewed the likes of Creatavist and Readymag, and been hugely impressed, whilst other platforms such as TypeEngine and Origami Engine — despite their names, both are more suited to talk than torque — are making significant headway, too.

My latest encounter with the format comes in the form of Beacon. With a simple approach to creation, publication and selling — even Beacon’s website is a one-pager — it should be the ideal platform for those who want to concentrate on content rather than configuration. But can it deliver the required quality to capture the attention of the reading public?

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Paginated publishing is back. When we originally turned away from print in favour of the digital world, web formats ruled the roost. But sales of touchscreen devices have boomed in recent years, and the knock-on effect has been to return the most natural format for reading to the ascendancy.

This arrival at full circle has triggered a brand new kind of platform — the e-publishing CMS. We may be just three years into the tablet revolution, but there are already numerous options for the journalist or novelist wanting to self-publish digitally. Apple’s introduction of iBooks was followed by the launch of near-frictionless services such as Origami Engine, ReadyMag and Type Engine, and many more have arrived since. It is a seriously competitive market.

Yet, I think the outlook for Creatavist, a new “web-based storytelling platform,” is actually quite good. A mammoth array of content options awaits potential users of this beta offering, and it also has the backing of Nicholas Thompson, the editor of The New Yorker’s website — he co-founded the developing company, in fact. So, can this new kid on the block make a meaningful impression?

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With advancements in technology, we are starting to see reading material convert over to the web and digital format more and more. Take books and magazines for example, for the first time this past year, Amazon outsold ebooks over actual physical ones. That right there goes to show you that publishers and consumers are starting to embrace the digital market and see the need for it.

Over the past several months, I have started to see some cool web apps that let you create content online and share them with the world. For example, the one that I am looking at today, called Glossi, lets you create your own online magazine. After getting to use it for a little while, I found that this can be used for both professionals as well as amateurs alike.

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This morning, I awoke to find an email from Distance, a new design-centric magazine I’d recently backed on Kickstarter. The first issue was ready for download, and seconds later I was flipping through the PDF on my iPad. Here’s a new magazine that started with an idea, was funded through Kickstarter, and weeks later was in my hands digitally.

The web’s fueled writing in all shapes and sizes: websites and blogs like this one, eBooks from Kindle and other eBook stores and libraries, and even digital magazines. From new digital versions of Wired or National Geographic on the iPad to brand new indie magazines like Hacker Monthly, Distance, or the WP Candy Quarterly, there’s digital magazines in all shapes and sizes. Some are more like apps than documents, while others come in DRM-free PDF and ePub formats so you can read them anywhere.

Magazines can sometimes seem like an archaic format in the day of blogs. However, there’s still something to be said for the high-quality content and formatting magazines offer, and many of us have spent pleasant afternoons browsing through magazines in years past. Would you consider buying a digital magazine today, or do you already buy them? What would make magazines still be relevant in 2012 to you?

From Amazon’s runaway success with the Kindle platform to Apple’s new iBooks Author tool to help writers create interactive eBooks for their iPad iBooks store, eBooks are the story of the day for digital media. If you’ve ever considered writing a book or creating a new magazine, you’ll want to find the best tools to get your content published in the best way possible.

Calaméo is a digital publishing platform that allows you to publish documents not only for viewing on the web, but also for viewing on any iOS device. They offer native viewing platforms for iPhone, iPad, and the web. The only problem is, you’ll have to stick with their platform rather than selling your creations on any eBook store. Does it have enough to make an author that committed to their platform? Let’s take a look and see.
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Pipeno is a beta publishing platform. Pipeno is (going to be) fully featured. Pipeno will be polished and well-rounded tool. Pipeno has a range of pricing options. Pipeno is starting to sound like an Apple product. Perhaps it should, because Pipeno really is an interesting and comprehensive offering. Read on to see whether Pipeno is what you need to start your own news-blog, e-Media network, or just to share pictures of your cats with the world.

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If we choose to forget the outrageous sticker price of Adobe’s creative suite apps, nobody can deny that they make some of the most awesome tools in the digital world. All their tools are built and distributed targeting hardcore professionals who happen to be the experts in their digital domain. Think you can buy InDesign and start working on the campus magazine ASAP? Absolutely not. Hours of learning, if not professional training will be necessary.

Taking into account the hardships of newbies, casual users and non professionals, Adobe has recently launched a publishing tool that spans across platforms – both desktop and web. Project ROME is largely focused towards point and click publishing and after the break we’ll take a look at this great app.

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Remember that website you always wanted to create but never managed to find the time or lacked the technical expertise to get it running? Or maybe you’re a designer that loves being creative but you’ve always struggled to grasp the process of converting your designs into a theme that can be integrated into the CMS of your choice. Or it may even be the case that you’re such a whizz when it comes to site management, that you’ve got a few websites but find it mentally frustrating to keep a track of everything on each one.

Now there’s a really interesting solution that can solve all of these problems. Enter, Halogy.

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