Find the best magazine publishing software for your publication

Is your magazine is making the jump to digital? If so, one of the toughest decisions you will face is when choosing a magazine publishing software solution. With a wide range of solutions available, catering to all budgets, you can quickly find yourself bogged down in a minefield of potential solutions.

My aim in this article is to try and alleviate some of your stress and narrow down the shortlist by introducing you to some of the most trusted solutions available on the market.


I’ll start with Yumpu as they are one of the fastest growing magazine publishing software solutions available on the market.

Yumpu’s highly regarded, easy to use software is utilised by the likes of; Audi, The Dapifer, The FA, Umbro, and Regatta.

Offering the most feature-packed FREE plan of all the digital magazine publishing solutions available on the market, Yumpu gives you the ability to quickly create a beautiful digital magazine in a matter of minutes with their rich list of features, which include:

  • Responsive design – looks great on all devices
  • Ability to embed content such as video or audio
  • Social media integration with all major platforms
  • Advanced search engine optimization
  • Ability to embed your digital magazine on your website
  • Ability to link your online store
What does it cost?

Yumpu offers a FREE account with paid solutions starting at just 8 EUROS per month.


Next, we have Issuu – one of the most popular digital magazine publishing solutions in the world, with over 25 million publications to date and 100 million unique monthly visitors.

After using the software you start to think that perhaps the main reason behind their success is the simplicity of their solution. All you need to do is drag and drop a file into the software and it will convert your publication into a work of art, making it available across a wide range of platforms, including; desktop, tablet, iOS and Android.

Functionality is also available, in abundance, with Issuu offering a number of interesting features, including; collaboration tools, embeddable videos, shopping links, and the ability to embed your publication directly on your website.

What does it cost?

Issuu offers a FREE account with limited options. Paid solutions start at $26 per month.


Joomag is another quite popular solution and one which is utilised by a number of the world’s leading publications, including; Huffington Post and Harpers Bazaar.

Joomag gives users the ability to create interactive magazines, catalogues, e-books and photo albums via their impressive, design-friendly online editor.

Publications created on Joomag can also be distributed across a wide number of platforms, such as; desktop, tablet, iOS and Android.

However, it’s worth noting that iPad support is only available via Joomag’s pricier gold and platinum plans.

What does it cost?

Joomag offers a FREE account with limited options. Paid solutions start from $9 per month.


Used by some of the biggest brands in the world, FlipHTML5 is recognised as one of the best magazine publishing software solutions available today.

FlipHTML5’s digital magazine software offers users a host of features, including:

  • iOS and Android compatibility
  • Cloud publishing
  • Analytics
  • Google AdSense integration
  • Audio and video embeds
  • Social media sharing
  • Search engine optimization
What does it cost?

FlipHTML5 offers a limited FREE account with paid solutions starting at just $15 per month.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

Adobe’s digital publishing solution is extremely user-friendly, offers a vast array of features and is used by some of the biggest names, such as; Rolling Stone and Reader’s Digest.

However, the high-quality features of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite such are matched by the price tag with their cheapest solution falling just short of $5000 per year!

What does it cost?

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite offers a number of solutions with pricing available upon request.


Designd by Mag+ integrates with Adobe InDesign to provide a powerful publishing platform similar to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and is a firm favourite with many independent publishing companies.

Although packed with some fantastic features the starting price $499 per month immediately excludes all but those with large budgets.

What does it cost?

Mag+ has a number of packages available starting at $499 per month.

3D Issue

3D Issue offers users the chance to publish across a wide-range of platforms and is enjoyed by the likes of eBay, Sony, Macy’s and Yale University.

3D Issue offers all the functionality you will find in any of the top solutions, including; detailed statistical reports, Facebook embeds, audio embeds and video embeds.

What does it cost?

3D Issue offers a FREE 14-day trial. Prices for the Professional and Enterprise editions are available upon request.


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