9/5/2012 By: Gwen Solomon
magcloud.com Retail Price: Free
In addition to other hardware announcements,
HP showcased their four-year-old
product, MagCloud, at ISTE. This free,
online publishing tool lets anyone create
professional-looking documents, such as
student information, class notes, curriculum
content, yearbooks, literary magazines, and even
student-written stories. You can use any desktop
publishing, word-processing, or design application
to create a MagCloud-ready PDF. Then you can
upload your PDF to the MagCloud Web site, set
your publishing options, and you’ll be able to view
and order the publication within minutes or get a
free digital download.
Quality and Effectiveness: This online tool excels at what it is
intended to do—help you create a professional-looking document that
you can print, ship on demand, or view online or with an iPad app. It’s
free to create your book and the cost of buying your book is essentially
the cost of the paper and shipping. You can add to the price and earn a
profit. (As with most e-publications, you can earn a profit with a 70-30
split. You earn the 70%.) This could be a great way to sell yearbooks or
Ease of Use: Creating publications with the online software is easy.
It loads and operates efficiently and quickly. Instructions and support
materials are clear, concise, and easy to follow. However, preparing
your publication before you use the software is the key to having great
content. This software can make any content look beautiful.
Creative Use of Technology: If you want a professional-looking
document, using the HP MagCloud is an easy and cost-effective way
to achieve that result. You will have access to a URL that has a direct
link to your publication. You can share your content and use the
source code to promote your publication on a Web page, blog, or social
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: This software is
great for educators and students who want to create, publish, print, or
download their publications. If you want to encourage budding writers
or hone your own writing abilities, you can achieve that goal with this
tool. However, if you’re looking to place your book in an environment
with other education publications, this site isn’t there yet. Similarly,
this is not the place to go for great resources (other than your own)
Please note that you have to be a member to create, order a print
publication, or download a digital copy on a PC. However, you can get
a copy of any free eBook by using the app.
• MagCloud provides a wonderful opportunity to create publications for any
class, grade, subject, etc.
• It’s free to create and download the document.
• Any print-on-demand fees you incur are essentially the cost of printing (at
16 cents per page) and shipping (available through both USPS and FedEx).
MagCloud is easy
to use. The hard part
is preparation, but once
you have everything
prepared, producing a
professional document is
easy, inexpensive, and