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Issuu Logo.svg
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Digital publishing
Available in English
Created by Michael Hansen, Ruben Bjerg Hansen, Mikkel Jensen, and Martin Ferro-Thomsen
Launched December 2007
Alexa rank positive decrease 444 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Issuu (/ˈɪsj/) is a free digital publishing site that attempts to simulate the experience of reading a print publication online.[2] As a digital newsstand with over 14 million Magazines and 70 million active readers,[3] Issuu features leading and emerging titles in fashion, culture, arts, and hyperlocal content, all of which are accessible on any device.[citation needed] Issuu software is used by many online publications.[4] Some of its partners include the New York Times, VICE, and V Magazine.[5]


Issuu was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006 by Michael Hansen, Ruben Bjerg Hansen, Mikkel Jensen, and Martin Ferro-Thomsen, a self-avowed group of “mad geeks with a love of the publishing industry.”[6]

Bent on democratizing print media, the company gave both aspiring and established publishers the chance to create their own digital magazines without sacrificing the aesthetic and tactile experience of print.[7] The company was founded in 2006.[2]

In 2008, the site was a SXSW finalist.[8] In 2009, Issuu was named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites[9] and listed as a Webby Awards honoree.[10] In early 2013, the company opened an office in Palo Alto, California and appointed CEO Joe Hyrkin, formerly of Reverb, Trinity Ventures, and Yahoo, to helm its Silicon Valley operations.[11]


  • Issuu Reader
  • Storage & Privacy
  • Distribution network
  • Site Integration
  • Customization[12]


Many publications, such as PDFs and scans of Russian magazines, are anonymously uploaded to without regard to copyright.[13]

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  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Company Overview of Issuu, Inc.". Issuu. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Issuu Updates Digital Publishing Platform: Marries the Beauty Of Print with the Power of Digital". Issuu. Retrieved 23 August 2014.  Press release.
  4. ^ Kurutz, Steven. "The Thriving (Online) Shelter Magazine Industry" NY Times June 1, 2011. Retrieved on December 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Issuu for publishers". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  6. ^ "About Issuu". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Contractor". Issuu. OutRank by Rogers. March–April 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Calore, Michael (14 March 2010). "Gowalla Tops Foursquare at SXSW Web Awards (But Benson Smokes ‘em All)". Wired. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Fisher, Adam (2009-08-24). "Issuu - 50 Best Websites 2009 - TIME". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Issuu". 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  11. ^ Reid, Calvin (2013-09-16). "Fast Growing Issuu Appoints Joe Hyrkin CEO". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  12. ^ "Issuu Features". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  13. ^ "Anna Petrova". ISSUU. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

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