Short one today: I just received my order from MagCloud, a self-publishing platform from HP. I first heard about these guys when I purchased Zack Arias’ DEDPXL last year (was it?). I wanted to test it out myself for a future project I’m working on and I have to say I’m extremely pleased with the results.
I created a print version of the EDITIONS blog and used the Standard 8.25” x 10.75” perfect-bound format. The final magazine came in at 84 pages. It looks really, really good. In fact, I have a recent issue of a new fashion magazine lying around and mine looks and feels better: slightly glossier and a heavier paper weight.
They offer the usual Adobe and MS templates but — and this was a nice surprise — they also offer templates for Pages and… Aperture! Yay!
Once installed, their templates appear under Custom Sizes in Aperture 3’s book theme dialog box. I was able to create the entire magazine in Aperture and export as a PDF using their very well-written instructions. Super simple.
What’s even more impressive about this service are the prices AND the fact that there are no minimum orders. This is huge. It opens up tons of possibilities.
You can also sell the resulting publications on the MagCloud site, either in print or as an iPad version using their free iPad app (or in both formats). As I said, tons of possibilities.
They don’t offer every print product under the sun and there are limitations depending on what you create (for instance, landscape oriented publications can’t be bound the same way or use the same paper stock) but if they have what you’re looking for, I say go for it. I for one will be trying out a few more of their products in the very near future. Btw: I have no affiliation with these guys.
Anyway, some pictures below.