Flipboard is No Longer Satisfied With Picking Content For Readers – Now Lets Readers Assemble Custom Digital Magazines

mags[1]When Flipboard launched just over 2 years ago the developers made a big deal about how the news aggregator was going to offer content to readers based on what they read, what they ignored, etc, all with the goal of providing a seamless and entertaining reading experience. This worked well for Flipboard, and it even helped them grow to support over 50 million users, but today that changes.

Earlier this evening Flipboard launched Flipboard 2.0. In addition to helping readers find entertaining content, Flipboard is also going to enable them to build their own digital magazines by selecting from a reader's existing content sources, articles that have been saved, and new sources that are suggested by Flipboard. This extends beyond text articles to include photos, audio, and video, all of which is promised to look pretty in the final product.

Check out this demo video:

Readers can share the magazines they create, though they will have the option of making a private magazine. This is going to move Flipboard squarely into competition with Paper.li, a 3-year-old service that lets users build digital newspapers from Twitter feeds, hashtags, and the like.

iw2o9lgnvycd-3vobzze0i0s_snfqnkbibza7knbidk[1]Flipboard is also going to enable users to add content from any website. Flipboard is now offering a bookmarklet that readers can use to save the content from virtually any webpage they are visiting.

Other new features include integrated comments, a recommended reading section, and optional Facebook Open Graph integration. This last feature is designed to bring your Flipboard activity into your Facebook page in more meaningful ways.

All this, and more, is available now in the Flipboard apps for iOS and Android (not yet updated).

About Nate Hoffelder (11591 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Flipboard is No Longer Satisfied With Picking Content For Readers – Now Lets Readers Assemble Custom Digital Magazines

  1. “Other new features include integrated comments, a recommended reading section, and optional Facebook Open Graph integration. This last feature is designed to bring your Flipboard activity into your Facebook page in more meaningful ways.”

    Ugh. Social media integration (seriously, does anyone other than marketers actually want that crap?).

    “Flipboard is also going to enable users to add content from any website. Flipboard is now offering a bookmarklet that readers can use to save the content from virtually any webpage they are visiting.”

    Can’t imagine many web sites’ll be happy about that, especially if Flipboard (never used it) works the same as Google Currents and just scrapes sites to display text and a few select images, leaving out ads and tip jars and such.

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