Our friend Molly Flatt at FutureBook has just published a very interesting editorial piece about ‘browser books’ which takes as its starting point Phoenix Magazine‘s journey from delivering digital content via an app to delivering via a well-organised web-based magazine – the latter being created by yours truly.
It’s a series of nested pages off our main website, strung together with some smart but not particularly complicated code. It enables us to have a front cover and keep that bundled monthly issue feel – while also retaining total SEO, facilitating easy social sharing, and enabling effortless embedding and interactivity, all without taking the reader out of their flow. Obviously, because it’s online, it’s automatically compatible across all devices and browsers. And because it runs off a simple WordPress back-end, it’s utterly easy to use. Oh, and it appears to be working for our readers too, because we now have record viewing figures and an excellent dwell time.
We’ve used the same approach for other projects too – for example Books from Scotland. Because setting a defined number of publication dates per year and compiling content in to editions is much less daunting that trying to constantly ‘feed’ a blog, some clients, and their audiences, find this a really worthwhile approach, especially as you can tie all your social media and e-mail marketing schedules in to the publication of each new edition, and really put your weight behind it, rather than feeding content out in dribs and drabs.