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Create A Digital Magazine

How do I create a digital magazine?

This question is generally at the top of the list of questions when considering publishing digital editions. Whilst this may seem overwhelming, if you already produce a paper edition, then with Apazines help creating a digital magazine can be just a simple ‘tweak’ of your existing workflow.

Your digital editions are contained and published within your own fully branded ‘app’, it is the app that consumers see and download when they visit the various app stores. All apps must go through an approval process specifically with Apple and Kindle (Amazon). The whole initial app store approval process can be a minefield of red tape and App Store challenges. This is why we offer publishers a fully managed service, that is to say we supply you with the PDF specifications and a simple form to complete. Once the forms are back from you and we have your set of initial edition PDF files, we will build your branded app and then submit it to the app stores for approval on your behalf (Apple App store approval can take around two weeks).

Once it has been approved, using our simple administration dashboard,  you can upload new editions and update existing editions.  The production of the PDF to generate your digital editions should be created from your original print PDF via an optimisation process.  The optimised PDF can then be enhanced by adding some of our awesome magazine app features such as:

  • Streamed Video
  • Streamed Audio
  • Adobe Edge animate clips
  • HTML5 snippets
  • Live Email Links
  • Live Web Links
  • Image Galleries both Swiped and Carousal

One the PDF has been enriched you can simply publish the digitial edition.  This dynamcially updates in the various app stores and your subscribers and app user are informed automatically that a new edition is availble.

Sounds straight forward,  it is with Apazine, creating a digital magazine could not be easier.

We would strongly recommend that you apply for your own developers accounts for the platforms that your app will be built on. This future proofs your digital investment in that you have complete ownership of the apps names and descriptions. We are on hand to guide you through this simple process and steer you clear on any pitfalls.  Some alternative solution providers out there will develop an app on their own developers account and currently Apple do not let developers transfer ownership of Newsstand apps once they ‘go live’.    This is not a situation any publisher would want to find themselves in as the ‘developer’ could in fact pull your app from the various app stores at any time.


How To Publish On Newsstand

Newsstand Publishing

The digital edition revolution really came about with the launch of the Apple iPad and the then iPad mini.  According to Forbes about 178 million iPads had been sold by mid-November 2013 (this does not any include iPad mini sales).

So given this flood of devices, what exactly where people doing of their tablets. One of the major benefits of the iPad over the iPhone was obviously the increased screen size and because of this reading publications – magazines in particular became far more viable.

There is one clear winner in the ‘go to’ place for digital magazines and that is Apples Newsstand.  Newsstand publishing is really the major consideration when bringing a publication to the digital marketplace.

The magazine folder, Newsstand, now comes pre-installed on all Apple mobile and tablet devices,  the number of publications available within the Newsstand systems grows everyday and as of Q2 2014 the number of publications available exceeded 10,000.

Given this number  and with so much choice out there for the consumer – what needs to be done to make your  digital publication stand out from the crowd?

Adding the ‘right‘ level of interactivity is one  thing publishers should keep in mind when launching a new digital magazine. Finding the right balance between features that bring a publication to ‘life’ and too many interactive bells and whistles just for the sake of it. Interactively really must bring value to a digital edition, otherwise it can turn off a reader.

Like most digital platforms, positive comments and users reviews can help your newsstand app, but keep in mind that negative ratings or users comments on Newsstand can damage the reputation of  a digital publication over night.

Another really important factor and one that is sometimes forgotten, is to truly understand the analytics linked to your Newsstand app.  You will be able to see edition page popularity and actual time spent on pages and which of your advertisers adverts had the greatest engagement.  Use this information, learn from it and move your digital edition forward.

So can you get on board with Apple Newsstand publishing? The answer is  YES – partner with Apazine and we could have your publication up and available on Apples Newsstand in just a matter of weeks.

Want to see how your existing publication would look once it is published within a magazine app, then sign up for a no obligation trial. simply send us a copy of your existing print workflow PDF and we will upload it to Newsstand via our demonstrator app.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Alternative To Adobe DPS

If you are looking to build your own smartphone or tablet magazine app, and really would like an Adobe Digital Publishing Suite alternative, then read on and see just how  teaming up with a trusted magazine app developer like  Apazine can help you.

Apazine is probably the most successful of all the Adobe DPS alternative solutions out on the market place. It is very flexible in its design and is extremely efficient in its work-flow processes. With Apazine, building and creating your own app does not need to be very expensive and does not involve any specialist coding knowledge or skills.  You can simply email  us at and we can take it from there and arrange a demonstration using your existing publication.

Our latest version of Apazine – Version 4 comes as standard with the following library of features.


Join thousands of magazines on the Newsstand and App Stores and reach millions of new readers. We will categorise your app to be listed under your relevant section and embed keywords for discoverability.

Client Dashboard

Using our Client Dashboard, you can log-in to our system via any web browser, and add new editions, send push notifications and view statistics. Our system is easy to use and requires no specialist training.

User Analysis

View a detailed analysis of download activity, subscription sales, web links clicked, user location, videos watched and more. Live analytics can be viewed by logging into our system via any web browser.

In App Adertising

Using our unique advertising module, you can upload advertising banners and splash screens which will appear on your app. Our system will monitor click rates giving you a great new revenue stream.

Data Capture

Every app user is prompted to submit their name and email address. This information is collected for you to download via our client dashboard. Create valuable databases of your digital readers.

Atom Feed

On Apple’s Newsstand, the app icon is automatically updated as your current front cover. Our system integrates with Apple, using Atom Feed technology, so your app store cover is always current.

Push Notifications

Each time you publish a new edition users of your app will be notified, by a push notification message. Customised notifications can also be sent to keep your readers up to date with your app news.

Image Sliders

Add multiple images to your articles using our image sliders module. Shake off the limitations of print and add stunning image galleries to your articles. Users swipe your photographs to reveal the next image.

Live Links

It takes just a few seconds to automatically convert the email and web addresses, contained in your PDF, into functioning live links. Your app has a built-in web browser so web pages will open within the app.

Internal Page Links

Bring your contents page and cover teaser text to life by creating internal page links. Make your editions feel truly interactive with easy page navigation through your digital edition.


HTML5 enables you to achieve unlimited interactivity. Your app is fully compatible with HTML5, which is easy to add to your pages to bring them to life. Our back end system even has a simple HTML5 editor.

Lock Oreintation

For editions that are non-standard shape or size, you can set the orientation to landscape mode making it easy for you to take control of the page display orientation in your app.


For Apple devices that use Air Print hardware, you can choose to enable the print feature within your app. Enabling people to print out your pages and keep articles for reference.

In-App Purchase

Sell your editions and subscriptions from within your app as an in app purchase. You’ll receive the funds directly to your bank account, and most subscriptions will auto renew.

Subscriber Module

Simply upload a user list to our platform and enable your paying subscribers to download your digital editions free of charge. We can automate this if your user databases are online.

Apazine prices start from just £195 or $290 per month and there is no initial set-up fee.

Our simple monthly magazine app pricing structure covers all the functionality detailed above plus

  • Publish unlimited editions
  • Unlimited magazine hosting
  • No additional download charges
  • Apps on both the Apple and Android platform
  • Your own developer account (this means you actually own the magazine app not us)
  • Phone and email support for both you and your subscribers
  • Free Apps Updates to reflect the latest technology changes
  • Access to our HTML5 page turning platform at a discounted rate

Apazine really does offer a proven alternative to adobe dps – for more information on Apazine and its pricing structure  visit our main site – or drop us an email at and we can take it from there and arrange a demonstration using your publication files.