Robin Good: NextMags is a new content curation platform that allows you to publish a free and well designed online web magazine on a topic of your choice.
Born out of the curated search app Searcheeze, NextMags offers the typical browser bookmarklet to clip and collect any relevant content you may find on the web, as well as the option to write your own posts / articles.
With NextMags it is also possible to import and integrate in your topic-specific web magazine specific content coming from Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and from other social networks.
Very similar in concept to Scoop.it and similar content curation tools, NextMags is uniquely characterized by its ease of use, good navigation options, clean and white-based look and for a very affordable and competitive pricing approach (kudos to NextMags for getting this in the right track).
Lacking instead for now from this curation platform is a set of features allowing the curator to gather and aggregate raw content coming from different sources in an effective way. It is possible to subscribe to other NextMags and to receive direct contet suggestions from other curators, but, as far as I have seen, there is no back-end for news discovery, aggregation and filtering, typical of such curation tools.
NextMags offers multiple service options. From a free level which allows you to create up to five web magazines, but without the ability to elect other editors, import images, schedule posts, check analytics, or use alternative design themes, to a paid one, costing only €44.99 a year (!) where not only you can access all of these extra features but you can also have an unlimited number of web magazine and at least another co-editor.
More pricing info: http://www.nextmags.com/plans
N.B.: Curated article content imported from other sources CANNOT be edited. That's a "first" on this front, but I am quite doubting that this conservative approach will bear much fruits.
Try it out now: http://www.nextmags.com/
(Thanks to Roberto Tartaglia for suggesting it)
Via Robin Good