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Start Your Own Print Magazine at No Cost

Ever wanted to own your own print magazine? Unfortunately, there is no guide book, startup course, or specialized business consultants to help new magazine developers learn the terminology of the industry or the perils that could lie ahead. Unless you have been involved in the magazine business in some form - everything will be new and unfamiliar.

Maybe you’d like to publish a fiction magazine with short stories written by you or your friends? Or possibly you’d like to create a niche magazine about a certain topic? Technology? Games? Celebrities? Whatever?

But that costs a lot of money. Right? Right.

Not any more.

Now there’s MagCloud.

What is MagCloud? It’s a self-publishing web service.

Yeah, but what does that mean? Basically, MagCloud is a print-on-demand service by HP.


Let me describe a little about MagCloud for you.

Suppose you want to start a magazine, so first you’ve got to get all the stories and artwork together and save it as .pdf in the following dimensions given below.

How it Works

1. Upload an 8.5" x 11.0", 5.5" x 8.5" or 8.5" x 5.5" multi-page PDF of your publication.

2. Select your layout, binding and distribution options.

3. Publish in print and digital format for speedy delivery. Print orders can arrive as fast as 3 business days and digital versions are available immediately.

Additional Services by MagCloud

1. MagCloud Storefront

If you publish your content for sale, people can order it on the MagCloud website in print and digital format using a credit card or PayPal account. You set the price for both print and digital versions of your publication.

2. Direct Mail Services

MagCloud manages custom printing, binding, personalized addressing, address cleansing and verification, as well as an array of postage service options for distribution to small or large groups via our Ship to Group option.

3. Worldwide Shipping
MagCloud offers a range of shipping options to destinations around the world, with delivery in as few as four business days to select countries.

4. Distribution Channels

Print

MagCloud can print your content in a high quality format. 

Digital

MagCloud can offer your content as a downloadable PDF.


And it didn’t cost you a thing.

How is this possible? Readers can order your magazine online. Since MagCloudoperates as a print-on-demand service, they only have to print out however many of your magazine has been ordered. If ten orders are put in for your publication, then MagCloud prints out ten copies and mails them out. If a thousand orders are placed, MagCloud prints those and mails them.

It’s rather simple.

And, within reason, you get to set the price for your magazine. Of course MagCloud will have some upfront fees to cover printing services, but the reader will pay for those in the price of the magazine, not you.

For example, according to the MagCloud website, the magazines available through them cost about 20 cents per page. That’s cost to the reader. So if you have a 20 page magazine, the base cost to the reader will be four dollars.

But if you want to make money, you just charge more than the base price. Let’s go back to that four dollars. That four dollars covers the printing costs, so that has to remain. All you have to do is tack on a dollar, for example, and suddenly you are making a dollar for every copy of your magazine that is sold.

It sounds simple, and it is.

So if you’re interested, start your own magazine today. The potential is even there for other projects. If you sell a product, you could create your own catalogue. Or you could make a chapbook of your short stories to give to family and friends. Always remember that MagCloud also offers digital content as a PDF download that can be viewed in PDF viewers across platforms, whether on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone or via our iPad app.  The ideas are only limited by your imagination.

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