Ask MagCloud: Digital Distribution

Digital Distribution


What is MagCloud digital distribution?

MagCloud allows you to upload a PDF once and make it available in both print and digital formats. The digital version of your publication will be available for viewing via our web viewer application, and as a downloadable PDF.

How much does digital distribution cost? Can I set a markup on digital versions?

There are no upfront costs to digitally distribute your publications through MagCloud. Digital versions can be offered through the site for free, for free with print purchase, or for a price. 

As a publisher you get to set the selling price for your digital publication at $0.99 or above, and will earn 70% of that price on all sales through

All digital publications purchased from will be available to buyers in the MagCloud Web Viewer, and as a PDF download, which they can then use across all their personal devices.

Can I select to only distribute my MagCloud publication via the web viewer but not as a PDF?

No, web and PDF versions of your MagCloud publication are bundled together making it easy for readers to enjoy your content on any of their devices, whether iPad, PC, Mac or mobile device, while simplifying the opt-in process for publishers.

How do I opt-in to digital distribution?

After uploading your PDF and selecting your binding, you will have the option to Sell Online. This is where you will add any markup to your print version, and where you will be able to opt-in to digital distribution. You can also opt-in previously published publications at any time by clicking Edit Publication on your My Projects page or from the toolbar on the publication page of any publication you own.

What if I opt-in to digital distribution for my MagCloud publications, but later change my mind?

You can opt-out of digital distribution at any time by clicking Edit Publication on your My Projects page or from the toolbar on your publication page, however any copies that have been purchased or downloaded by readers are theirs to keep - just like physical copies.

Is there Digital Rights Management encryption on downloaded digital versions?

We digitally mark each digital version to discourage unauthorized sharing, but there is no strong DRM.

How do paid digital versions work with the web viewer?

When you set a price for your digital version, users will have to purchase before they can download a PDF. When users click "Read Sample" before purchasing the digital version, they are only shown a a sample of the publication at full resolution in the web viewer before being prompted to purchase in order to read the publication in its entirety. For most digital publications the sample will only show the cover, the first two pages, and the back cover. If the publication is less than 8 pages, users will only be shown the front cover before being prompted to purchase. In the future we are also planning to allow the publisher to select which pages are used for this preview.

How are digital versions different from print versions?

Digital versions are optimized for screen reading. We reduce the resolution of photos to make the file smaller and the download time shorter, but they should still look very sharp on screen. The resolution of the text is not affected.

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