Ask MagCloud: Digital Reading

Digital Reading

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What is my Digital Library?

Your Digital Library stores all of the digital publications you have saved or purchased. When you are logged into the MagCloud website, you can access your Digital Library through the Quick Links arrow next to your name at the top of any page, allowing you to read your publications in the MagCloud Web Viewer or download them as a PDF version. The publications in your Digital Library will also appear in the My Library section of the MagCloud iPad application when you log in with your MagCloud username.

How do I download or read a digital version I've already purchased?

On the MagCloud website, you can read online or download a PDF of the digital publications you previously purchased from your Digital Library.

In the MagCloud iPad app, you can read previously purchased digital publications in the My Library section after logging in with your MagCloud username.

What is the MagCloud iPad application?

The MagCloud iPad application runs on Apple's iPad and is available for free in the App Store. With the MagCloud iPad app you can purchase, download, read and share MagCloud publications in a gorgeous full-color digital format that looks great and is easy to use.

Digital publications can be purchased and downloaded within the Shop window using In-App Purchase. Publications that were previously purchased on MagCloud.com, including private and Restricted content, can be accessed in the My Library window by logging in with the MagCloud username and password used at the time of purchase. Once publications are downloaded to the app they are available for reading both online and offline.

Digital publications can be purchased or downloaded in the app as a guest without logging in with a MagCloud account, however when you are logged in to the app with your MagCloud account the publications you purchase will automatically be stored in your Digital Library on MagCloud.com, allowing you to read them on other devices. Guest purchases made while not logged in to an account will only be available for reading in the iPad app.

What is the MagCloud web viewer?

The MagCloud web viewer allows online reading of digital publications on any web-enabled device. It allows readers to page forward and back, rotate, zoom in and out, and enter full screen mode when viewing a digital publication. Free digital publications can be read directly from the MagCloud website by clicking the “Read Now” button. Paid digital publications longer than 8 pages will have the first three pages and back cover available for preview on the MagCloud website, while publications less than 8 pages will only have the cover available, and once the publication is purchased it will be available for online reading in it’s entirety. The web viewer can also be launched from your own website by embedding one of the badges available on your Promote page.

What's the difference between MagCloud's iPad app or web viewer and a standard PDF reader?

The MagCloud iPad application is optimized for viewing MagCloud digital versions on iPad devices, with an easy-to-use reader interface in portrait or landscape mode, as well as support for iOS specific actions like swiping, pinching, and zooming. The MagCloud web viewer is similarly optimized for online reading and sharing of MagCloud digital versions within most browsers, without requiring you to download a PDF file to your computer.

How can I view a digital version on my computer?

If you are online, you can view digital publications in the MagCloud web viewer in most browsers. If you have downloaded a PDF version of a publication to your desktop, all you need is a standard PDF reader to view the PDF, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How can I view a digital version on my iOS device?

On an iPad, you can download previously purchased digital versions in the MagCloud iPad application. Simply download the app from Apple's App Store, then log in with your MagCloud username and password. Digital versions that have been previously purchased with that username will appear in the My Library window. Clicking the Download button for any of those publications will download it to the app for reading both online and offline.

You can also purchase and download digital publications within the app itself using In-App Purchase in the Shop window. After purchasing a publication within the app, it will appear in the My Library window of the application. If you are logged into a MagCloud account in the app, your purchased publications will also appear in your Digital Library on MagCloud.com for reading on other devices.

On an iPad or iPhone running iOS 5.0 and higher you can also read publications in Safari using the MagCloud web viewer. Just click the Read Now button on any publication page or in your Digital Library, just as you would on a laptop or computer.

You can also view MagCloud digital versions in PDF format on any iOS device using the following instructions:

  1. Log in to www.magcloud.com via Safari on your iOS device.
  2. Browse and purchase, or select existing publications for download (via Account -> Digital Library)
  3. Tap Download PDF for the digital version you want. This will start the download process. When complete the digital version will appear in Safari.
  4. Tap anywhere on the screen to bring up additional Open In options at the top of the page.
  5. Tap Open In... for all iOS applications available to read/store the PDF. Select your favorite (e.g. iBooks, Bookman, Goodreader, etc.)
  6. Your MagCloud digital version should then open in the program you selected.
  7. Read and enjoy!
How can I view a digital version on my Android device (Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy, etc)?

On devices running Android 2.3 and higher you can read publications in your browser using the MagCloud web viewer. Just click the Read Now button on any publication page or in your Digital Library, just as you would on a laptop or computer.

You can also view MagCloud digital versions in PDF format on any Android device using the following instructions:

  1. Log in to www.magcloud.com via the browser on your Android device.
  2. Browse and purchase, or select existing publications for download (via Account -> Digital Library).
  3. Tap Download PDF for the digital version you want. A download icon appears in the status bar. The download arrow is animated until the download is finished.
  4. Open the status bar and tap the downloaded file item.
  5. Select which application you would like to open the file in.
  6. Read and enjoy in your PDF reader app of choice.
How can I view a digital version on my WebOS device?

You can view MagCloud digital versions in PDF format on any WebOS device using the following instructions:

  1. Log in to www.magcloud.com via the browser on your WebOS device.
  2. Browse and purchase, or select existing publications for download (via Account -> Digital Library).
  3. Tap Download PDF for the digital version you want. A download status bar will appear. The download status bar is animated until the download is finished.
  4. Tap the download status bar and the file will open.
  5. Read and enjoy.
Can I print or modify the digital versions I download?

Downloaded digital versions are for personal viewing on your device of choice — iPad, PC, Mac or mobile device. The PDF version can be printed on your home or office printer, but to respect the publisher's copyright it cannot be copied or modified.