What's the deal with the About Issue?

Each TypeEngine account is seeded with what we call the 'About' issue. This is a required issue that comes bundled with the app, when it is submitted to the App Store. This means that when a reader downloads your app from the App Store, this issue is packaged with the app itself – it doesn't need to be separately downloaded.

The intention of this must have issue is to welcome readers, set the tone, and explain what your publication is all about. It's also a good time to explain your subscription options.

You can choose to make this issue a fully fledged example issue with several articles, or you can keep it a single article issue. In either case, you are not charged download fees for the About Issue.

So remember:
  • The About Issue comes bundled with your app, which makes it a must have.
  • The About Issue is an opportunity to set the tone for your publication and explain what it's all about.
  • Readers can access the About Issue without subscribing. We recommend creating at least one additional premium issue to acquire subscriptions.
  • You are required to publish an About Issue in order to publish your publication.
  • You must give your About Issue the earliest Edition Date out of all the Issues.
  • You can never delete this issue, but you can edit it.
  • You are not charged download fees for the About Issue.

Creating Your Publication

  1. Do you have a sample workflow for creating a TypeEngine publication?
  2. What's the deal with the About Issue?
  3. How do I add my design to my publication?
  4. How much creative control do I have over the appearance of my app?
  5. How do I create an article?
  6. How do I create an issue?
  7. How do I publish an issue?
  8. What is Markdown?
  9. How do I apply CSS to a specific article?
  10. How do I add or remove images, audio or other assets to my article?
  11. How do I add an advertisement to an article?
  12. How do I assign a template and metadata to my article?
  13. How do I create a new author or assign an existing author to an article?
  14. How do I create a privacy policy? What should be included?
  15. How do I embed video? Which Vimeo or YouTube link should I use?
  16. How do I add an image gallery or slideshow to an article?
  17. Can I create more than one publication with my TypeEngine account?
  18. How do I embed the Subscribe button?
  19. What incentives can I offer my readers?
  20. How do I set up links to open in an external browser?
  21. How do I set up web log in for WordPress?
  22. How do I offer an issue for free?
  23. How do I set up Article-to-Article links?
  24. Can I use Typekit, Google Web Fonts, or another hosted webfont service with TypeEngine?
  25. Can I upload a PDF so its pages display inside my publication?
  26. Will my app styling appear the same across the iOS, Android and web platforms?
  27. What tracking and marketing platforms does TypeEngine work with?
  28. From outside my app, how can I open my app using a link?
  29. How do I use custom fonts?

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