LONDON, September 9 /PRNewswire/ --
- Yudu.com Will Let Anyone Publish, Share, Find, Buy & Sell ePublications
- "Not Just Another Document-Sharing Site" - Yudu.com Targets Creative Consumers, Professionals and Small Businesses
A UK website launched today delivers anyone the power to publish online multimedia documents that include video, audio and flash - easily and instantly. YUDU (http://www.yudu.com) also seeks to become a leading global marketplace selling ebooks, documents and other media: one that brings together creators and their audiences, to share, buy and sell their content globally.
Today's BETA launch of the new YUDU site is also the latest evidence that digital publishing as a whole is reaching a tipping point of mass adoption.
"YUDU gives anyone the power to publish, share and sell online," says Richard Stephenson, CEO of YUDU (http://www.yudu.com). But it's not just another document-sharing site. "It should appeal particularly to creative individuals and professionals who want to produce quality ePublications and monetize their creativity." It also offers exceptional value to small businesses wanting to place their publications and video-docs online for marketing purposes.
"The new site," adds Stephenson, "Takes the technology developed for our award-winning professional publishing system and offers it in a site that is free, intuitive, simple to use and delivers your publication online in minutes."
The sharing aspect of the new site works like a video- or photo-sharing site but with documents at its core. It lets you upload your own publications and view other people's. Users can publish multimedia brochures, magazines, catalogues and books, plus photos, video-docs, music, podcasts, and visual bookmarks for websites; and to add and organise them in their own personal YUDU library - for sharing, selling or just their own private reference.
While YUDU's basic publishing service is free, the site also allows more ambitious users to "Add more WOW! to your digital publications," by upgrading to "YUDU Plus" (http://www.yudu.com/info/plus), a subscription service. For a small annual fee, subscribers can create truly multi-media documents, complete with video clips, flash and audio (MP3), among other extra features. The cost - under $180 USD or GBP99 Sterling - represents a breakthrough price for such a service.
Users who do not wish to publish themselves can still earn money on YUDU from referral sales, by embedding content onto external websites and blogs. Any sales made by new visitors who are attracted to the site to buy will pay out referral commissions.
YUDU lets users... - Turn any PDF, Word or PowerPoint file into a slick, page-turning, online, search-engine friendly digital publication, which they can then store, share or sell. - Turn anything that they currently print into an online digital publication. - Upload to their personal YUDU library and add into their ePublications: - Audio (music, podcasts, audio clips, audio books) - Video - Photos - Visual bookmarks of other websites
YUDU is for ...
Everyone from small businesses and creative professionals to writers, teachers, students, governments... anyone can use YUDU to publish multimedia eBooks, eBrochures, eCatalogues, presentations, plus music, photos and podcasts.
Designers, photographers, video-makers, illustrators and composers, can all bring their creations alive with YUDU's publishing tools and instantly reach a global audience.
Anyone can browse the thousands of titles in the YUDU library and share favourites with friends.
The Electronic Publishing Boom
The launch of YUDU's new site is the latest piece of evidence that digital publishing is finally going mainstream. The likes of Sony and Amazon have launched eReader devices for book reading, while sales of ebooks are set to double this year.
Within the general boom in digital publishing, YUDU is also a leading force in two other, more specific trends: - The rise of document-sharing websites - like http://www.yudu.com offering free digital self-publishing on-demand. - The rapid growth of "digital editions" of magazines and newspapers, such as the one that that YUDU is producing for Metro, the UK's leading free daily newspaper. The first major industry report on the digital editions sector, published May 2008 by the analysts Gilbane, reported a 250% growth rate, with more to come. "After years of anticipation, digital publishing is finally taking off in a big way," says Richard Stephenson. "YUDU is excited to be playing a part, by placing free and high-quality publishing tools into the hands of the widest possible creative talent."
Notes to Editors
About YUDU.COM and YUDU LTD
YUDU (http://www.yudu.com) is a free ePublishing tool, marketplace and library, which lets you: publish online for free; buy, sell or share ePublications; and keep all your digital creations in one place: your personal YUDU library. YUDU lets you publish multimedia digital brochures, magazines, catalogues and books, plus photos, music and podcasts, and add them to your personal YUDU library - for sharing, selling or just your own reference. YUDU is an ePublishing website and marketplace that brings creators and their audiences together.
YUDU Media, the owner of http://www.yudu.com is already a multiple award-winning digital publisher of online and multi-media brochures, catalogues, magazines and newspapers. It recently helped launch the digital edition of Metro, the UK's leading free newspaper. YUDU, based in London and Lancashire, won five business awards in a space of five months earlier this year.
YUDU's new site will provide a free self-publishing-on-demand service to complement the customised bureau service provided by YUDU Publishing Pro (http://www.yudu.com/pro/). The new Yudu.com targets small businesses, consumers and "pro-sumers" (or producers who are also consumers).
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