It doesn’t matter what you want to publish, you’ll need a platform. If you are publishing electronically, then your platform should have a digital publishing component. Fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers of all types have the ability (tools, technology, and means) to publish their own content in a variety of formats.
Here is a list of the 10 most powerful digital publishing platforms that any type of writer, and writers from any type of background, can use to put their content into proper form.
Entertainment content is usually delivered via e-zine, short for “electronic magazine.” It’s another format delivered by e-mail and is flexible in that you can deliver a variety of content in one deliverable. Both fictional and nonfictional content can be delivered in this manner, but creators typically use the term “e-zine” for more creative content. The terms are really interchangeable.
Whether you opt to deliver your content through paid subscriptions or provide a free download in exchange for e-mail addresses, an electronic newsletter or e-zine can be a very powerful digital publishing platform.
Like e-books, Web magazines can be published on a variety of systems. WordPress can be used to publish a magazine, and there are plenty of benefits to publishing a Web magazine on WordPress. For starters, you not only own the content you publish, but you also own the real estate on which your content is published. There is a lot of power in owning the content as well as the domain on which the content sits. You will never fear your platform will suddenly disappear or that the rules you live under will change overnight.
Another benefit to publishing with WordPress is the support community that is available to you. Finding a developer for your WordPress magazine website should be easy, and WordPress has a huge library of available magazine themes (both free and premium) to choose from.
Of course, WordPress (free to download) is not the only platform available to publishers who wish to distribute an online magazine. There are several Web magazine hosting websites, as well. The largest of these is ISSUU. Others include
ISSUU is perhaps the largest and most popular of these hosts, but like anything, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. I cannot stress, however, that using a free Web magazine host is less preferable to building your Web magazine on your own domain name with WordPress.
With these 10 powerful digital publishing platforms, you can create all kinds of content in a variety of formats and distribute it to your audience as you grow your publishing business. Wise publishers will seek to publish their content in a variety of formats across multiple platforms.