Ahh Google… What can’t they do? They’ve got the lion’s share of organic search, they’ve got free phone numbers and voice mail down, they’ve started digging into the mobile phone market with the Android platform, they’ve got video on lock with YouTube and now they are venturing into magazines?
Well, not exactly. With the release of Think Quarterly, Google has made public some of the information they share with their UK partners about Data. On the site, Google says, “Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world. It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.”
Powered by Issuu, a free online publishing platform, Think Quarterly makes data sexy. Although Google doesn’t plan on selling any copies, the professional layout, use of fonts, images and style makes this magazine a pleasure to read.
With articles spanning the Visual History of Data Through The Ages and mobile technology, the 68 page e-publication is both fun to read and extremely interesting, especially for tech nerds.
The only bummer is that the Issuu software doesn’t run on the iPad (Flash) but all of the articles are still available from the same site. On a desktop, the Issuu software makes it even more enjoyable to read, with handy navigation features I’d like to see adapted by more e-readers.
I’m happy Google has decided to share.