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Issuu – a great embeddable PDF viewer February 6, 2008

Filed under: tutorials,usability — ellenh @ 3:23 pm

Is your library like mine? Wedded to PDF subject guides? Or do you have other PDF tip or info sheets for students linked from your library website?

I just checked out Issuu which lets you upload your PDFs and provides a really great, user-friendly way to read them. You can even embed them into webpages, like this:

I think I’m going to have to work these into tutorials, course pages and our whole instructional webpages redesign. These are too cool!

Upon further reflection: For some reason WordPress is stripping the flash out of the code I copy and paste. It worked on other webpages I tried it on. However – one thing I don’t like about the embedding so much is that the hyperlinks in the PDF get stripped out, and in our subject guides we link to the catalog and to databases very often. That won’t work so much. I still like the idea a lot, though!