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Issuu describes itself as “free online publishing service and a creative community dedicated to publishing”. In simpler terms, it’s a document sharing community with a focus on creatives. The best thing about it, is its web-based PDF viewer that makes online document viewing/reading much more interactive. Photographers can use it to show off their portfolios, regular folks for more interactive eBook reading experience and so on.

Issuu - Online PDF Viewer


  • View and navigate PDF documents using interactive PDF viewer.
  • Embed docs onto your website, Facebook account, Myspace, Orkut, Blogger, Friendster, Typepad, LiveJournal, etc.
  • Facebook application: Add Issuu document viewer to Facebook profile.
  • Customize viewer: Choose background theme, width, background color etc.
  • Document restrictions: Should be smaller than 100 MB and less than 500 pages.
  • Browse documents shared by others, bookmark to favorites, leave comments, etc.

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  1. Sal
    June 17, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I prefer Samuraj Data when I'm in rush to view a PDF from a URL and not local file. An advanced version is with more features. But the output is an image which means links are not click-able. :( For click-able links I think is currently the best out there. :) I dislike it because it requires Flash - but the links are click-able because of Flash technology I guess... ? :)

  2. Robert Maran
    March 8, 2008 at 7:02 am

    We have posted one of our four color how-to books to issuu, we really like the format. Our Yoga book is located here:

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