By Paul Gorski
The new Rock River Times website (http://www.rockrivertimes.com) is easy to read and navigate on your laptop, desktop and mobile devices, but you may also read the full print version in all of its four-color glory online as a page flip document. Page flip, or page turner software, allows publishers to convert electronic versions of their print publications into virtual, turn page by page books, magazines and newspapers.
You will find the graphic and link for the current issue page flip document on the home page of http://www.rockrivertimes.com. The graphic will look like the cover of the current edition with the text “Click to read this week’s print edition.” The cover graphic is in the right column of the home page. The link will take you to Issuu.com, one of the most popular page flip publishing sites.
Why read the paper as a page flip file? The print version has all the legal notices and classifieds, just as listed in the print version, but with zooming and enlargement tools for use on your computer or tablet. In addition, many of the ads in the print version include valuable information about local sales, events and public notices. For example, the current print edition as I write this article (July 23, 2014) has a Kryptonite Bar ad listing upcoming events and specials and there is an ad for the upcoming Tour De North End Bicycle Festival detailing the sponsors and activities for that event.
The Rock River Times page flip document does not need a special program — you read the paper in your browser. However, Issuu.com does offer an Android app for your tablet or mobile device that allows you to “clip” and share any part of an Issuu.com file with other users on the popular social networks.
Try The Rock River Times’ page flip version. It is free and easy to use. The graphic and link to the page flip file for the current edition is on the home page of http://www.rockrivertimes.com. Look for “Click to read this week’s edition.” If you are not on the home page, just click on The Rock River Times banner graphic on the top of any page to get back to the home page.
Let me know what you think of the page flip version of The Rock River Times.
Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple IIe.
Posted July 29, 2014