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What Is Issuu?

Create your designs in your favorite tools like Adobe or Canva, upload your eBooks, brochures, whitepapers, and other demand-gen content to Issuu, and embed it behind a lead form on your landing pages. Link back to strategic web pages and leverage the power of Issuu’s SEO.

Generate a continuous stream of social and email assets on the fly, all optimized for your most effective channels. Track conversions with Google’s UTM urls and measure your success with Issuu Statistics.

Who Uses Issuu?

Issuu is popular with content marketers, magazine and catalog publishers, educators, and small businesses, especially real estate professionals, architects, and restaurateurs.

Issuu Software - Easy upload and integrations. Issuu integrates with various third-party systems such as Adobe InDesign and Canva but also with Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Docs, and more.
Issuu Software - Once your publication is published you have a variety of ways to distribute it across your channels.
Issuu Software - Drive traffic by adding links and video to your PDF. Links transform your document into an interactive, connected reading experience that can help drive traffic and boost conversions.
Issuu Software - Detect links automatically, or add them anytime. If your original PDF contains links, they will be automatically activated and become clickable when you upload your PDF to Issuu. If you need to add more links, you can easily do that  in our editor.
Issuu Software - Transform PDFs into online flipbooks, and retain visual design aesthetics, optimized for all devices.

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Reviews of Issuu

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Service
4.1
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.1

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Crystal
Crystal
Online Editor in Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Media Production, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Engaging and Easy to Use

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: Overall, I have been quite happy with Issuu.

Pros:

Issuu offers a very simple, easy to use and easy to understand platform which is refreshing. I also appreciate the options to add extra content like articles/stories to increase engagement on different devices.

Cons:

The only problem we have run into with Issuu is the limited update and replace options. Other programs we have used in the past offered the option to replace a single page in the total publication - rather then having to re-upload the entire publication. When we are putting together a 100+ page publication, having to re-upload and re-link the entire thing if we find an issue on a single page can be a bit frustrating.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Public Relations & Communications, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Issuu: your library 3.0

4.0 last year

Comments: My experience in general is positive, we with our company rely on Issuu, so it is a winning product, especially because it allows you to manage your publications, send private or public viewing links.

Pros:

In case you are (mostly) a business or freelancer with editorial publications you want the digital world to view: no doubt Issuu is the tool for you.The exact feel and sensation of how to flip through a book/magazine is probably its strongest point compared to all competitors: the animation and sound are perfect, so it is really satisfying to flip through, nothing like scrolling through pages on a pdf.

Cons:

Issuu's big weak point is its interface. it is unattractive, fresh, and cool: it has remained too tied to its old versions, so it is nice to scroll through the pages of their published files but not nice to navigate.

Jeroen
Jeroen
Eigenaar in Netherlands
Verified LinkedIn User
Research, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

What did not go wrong?

2.0 3 months ago

Comments: Never collaborate with them, in order to save a lot of stress.

Pros:

They know very well to get you on board. Until something goes wrong...

Cons:

What did not go wrong? I had a subscription (Premium) for Issuu to share my publications. I had 100 unlisted slots as an extra fee. Suddenly, without noticing, they reduced this to 50 slots. Which means that, if I wanted to replace one of my unlisted slots, I removed one publication (having 99 unlisted slots) but I was not able to upload a new publication. In other words, Issuu changed the terms of my subscription without noticing me. After contacting customer service and asking for a solution (just let me have the 100 unlisted slots), I get a lot of vague answers and explanations. But no solution. My proposal to end the subscription and the return the rest of the money for the rest of the subscription period is not granted. Every time I have a different customer service agent, who does not know the situation. I just warn you: don't subscribe for their services. I would rather suggest to use FlipHTML5. Way cheaper, better service and saves a lot of frustration.

Issuu Response

2 months ago

Hello Jeroen. We are very sorry to hear about the challenges you faced. I can see that one of our support agents was in touch with you, and assisted clarifying the problem that you were experiencing with Unlisted. Once again, we sincerely apologise about the inconveniences. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

Rose
Owner / Graphic Designer in US
Graphic Design, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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We Couldn't Function without Issuu

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: We love Issuu! Not only has this helped us to convert more sales, but it helps our clients display their pricing & other offerings in a way that's really unique, easy to use, and beautiful. There's really no reason NOT to give this company a shot, as they allow you to get started with no strings (or moolah) involved.

Pros:

For the last ten or so years, we've been uploading our magazine designs to Issuu so other creatives can see how our templates look and can be displayed. It's the only site we've found that allows users to flip through a publication like an actual magazine while allowing for clickable links. You can also choose to send over your publication digitally by sending clients your Issuu url, and you can hide your publication from the public, if needed. Without Issuu, we wouldn't have sold thousands and thousands of our magazine templates. Their product was a GAME-CHANGER!

Cons:

Without paying for a premium account, ads will be displayed below your publication. It definitely wasn't a deal-breaker, as we continue to use (and love) the free version of their software. For larger businesses, I'd suggest upgrading so clients have a seamless branding experience across all platforms.

David
Graduate Apprentice in US
Education Management, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

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Issuu is just what we needed

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: In the pandemic climate, digital media is king. We have found great engagement with our ISSUU publications across our website, social media, and email campaigns. ISSUU makes it easy to share our work with anyone and everyone. The price is just right and they truly deliver on what they offer and promise. Utilize this software in anyway you can.

Pros:

We like the digital design and delivery aspects of ISSUU. It is simple and understated, but robust at the same time. The auto recognition of email addresses and web links is a big plus. AND, the fact that we can create stories for social media is a pretty nice advantage over other providers.

Cons:

Sometimes the software could be easier to use. For instance, uploading single pages to replace former pages might be a nice addition. In our line of work, little things change all the time (available degrees, contact persons or numbers, etc). Being able to update those easier would be a game changer.