9 Options in Digital Editions
Company: Cadmus Communications Corp.
Overview: provides digital editions of print files, with embedded links, audio and video. A dPub retains the look, feel and design of the printed publication. dPubs can contain links to print advertisers' Web sites or contain embedded video files that run locally within the PDF file. Combined with 3Path, Cadmus' digital content delivery system, it can deliver large media and graphics files to readers' desktops, and provides tracking capabilities and real-time reports.
Delivery mechanism: PDF files can be viewed online or downloaded by the reader. No proprietary software is needed.
Among its users are: Valley Forge Publishing Group, Lafayette College and RT Image.
Company: NewsStand Inc.
Overview: provides digital editions of print publications for the PC. It is set up to mimic a traditional newsstand, in that site visitors can browse publications and purchase single issues or a subscription via the NewsStand Web site. Digital versions appear as replicas of the print version, with articles, images and ads displayed exactly as they are in print. Potential readers must register to view the free samples on NewsStand's Web site. Publications are listed in a Main Reader window on the reader's computer, where readers can also set preferences, such as the Auto-Download Scheduler. Features include zoom controls, searchable text, page-jump options, and links to the Internet and e-mail.
Service is available in four languages. About 45 percent of its users are outside the United States.
Delivery mechanism: Users can connect via the Internet to download compressed files of the publication, using the free NewsStand Reader application, which must also be downloaded. With the recently launched iBrowse, however, readers can view publications in their Web browser without downloading software.
Among its users are: Barron's, BirdWatcher's Digest, American Conservative, The Scientist and The New York Times.
- Advanced Publishing
- Advanstar Communications
- Business Week
- Cadmus Communications, A Cenveo Company
- Crain Communications
- Investor's Business Daily
- NewsStand Inc.
- Nxtbook Media
- Olive Software
- Reed Business Information
- Scholastic Inc.
- Texterity Inc.
- The New York Times
- The Washington Post
- Valley Forge Publishing