Publishing Documents Online

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Please note that these are online services, but are not supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre.

Scribd has millions of documents and books at your fingertips that you can read, print, download, and send them to your mobile devices instantly. Or upload your PDF, Word, and PowerPoint docs to share them with the world’s largest community of readers. The San Francisco-based company lets people share and publish original writings on its web site. It has more than 50 million readers each month, and more than 50,000 new writings and documents are uploaded daily. With Scribd’s iPaper document reader, anyone can easily upload and immediately share their original works on Scribd.com or any other website. iPaper transforms “print” files like PDF, Word or PowerPoint into web document — with all the fonts, layout and artwork that makes your document unique.There is a free service available.

Issuu is the leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, books, catalogs, reports, and more. In just a few seconds users can create beautiful digital editions simply by uploading their publications. It’s mission to empower individuals, companies, and institutions to publish their documents across all digital platforms. There is both a free and a paid service available.

With Google documents, you can easily create, share, and edit documents online. Here are a few specific things you can do:

  • Upload Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or plain text documents, create documents from scratch, and download your online ones.
  • Edit documents online simultaneously with anyone you choose, and invite others to view them.
  • Keep track of who made changes to a document and when, and roll back to any version.
  • Publish documents online to the world, as webpages or post documents to your blog.
  • Email your documents out as attachments.

A Google Doc presentation by Tom Barrett on using Google Docs in the classroom.

ManualsMania is the largest online collection of manuals, user guides, and operating instructions for all major products, including cell phones, electronics, cars, and more! ManualsMania encourages its users to recycle their old manuals, and encourages companies to reduce dead-tree printing by offering all the free hosting they need to make their document archives available electronically.

ManualsMania is in the process of converting the manuals in their library to iPaper. They’ve already converted over 250,000 manuals to iPaper, and they’re just getting started! Check them out at http://manualsmania.com.

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