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Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Electronic 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 electronic publishing platform for magazines, catalogs, newspapers and more.[2] As a digital newsstand with over 21 million publications and 85 million active readers, issuu features leading and emerging titles in fashion, culture, arts, and hyperlocal content, all of which are accessible on any device.[3] 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,”[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 South by Southwest (SXSW) finalist.[8] In 2009, Issuu was named one of TIME's 50 Best Websites[9] and listed as a Webby Award 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]

In July 2014, Issue raised $10 million in a Series B round to bring the total capital it has raised since it was founded to $21.5 million. That round of investment was led by KDDI, one of the largest telecoms in Japan. [12]



In 2014, issuu released Clip, a tool that allows readers to take a snapshot of any part of a publication and share that on social media or through email.[13]


  • Issuu Reader
  • Storage & Privacy
  • Distribution network
  • Site Integration
  • Customization[14]


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

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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 Brings Its 'YouTube For Magazines' To The iPhone And iPad". Issuu. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  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. ^ Shah, Viral (January 12, 2015). "Is this the future of digital content for publishers?". Hot Topics. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Issuu launches Clip to help users and publishers share the best of its 16m publications". The Next Webb. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  14. ^ "Issuu Features". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

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