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flipboard for ipadThe iPad as a device could well be considered the first digital magazine. Its size, orientation, and high resolution screen nearly makes holding and reading it like a traditional paper magazine. And the developers of the magazine app, Flipboard, were probably the first to recognize how the iPad could turn the Internet into a mobile web magazine.

When Flipboard was initially released back in December 2010, it got off to a shaky start. It didn’t quite work well for many users, but in a matter of weeks it became Apple’s iPad App of the Year, and later TIME magazine’s top 50 Innovations. It was the first software of its kind that made browsing the Internet like reading a magazine — with digital “flipping” pages, and direct in-app connections to personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. We have made references to Flipboard in numerous MUO articles, but we have yet to give it a full review for beginners on the iPad.

How Flipboard for iPad Works

When you open Flipboard on your iPad, you see a series of random full-page dissolving images that give the app its magazine feel. These images are pulled from your subscribed content in the app.

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You flip to the homepage which features top Cover Stories and some pre-selected Flipboard Picks of websites to get you started. When you give Flipboard permission to access your existing social network accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it allows you to view these sites like pages of a magazine, without the other webpage distractions.

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You can also add other social networking sites including Google+ Flipboard Announces Google+ Integration [Updates] Flipboard Announces Google+ Integration [Updates] Google and Flipboard have announced a new partnership that brings Google+ integration to the popular social magazine app. It joins a wide variety of social networks already available via the app including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr... Read More , Flickr, Tumblr 10 Useful Tumblr Tips That New Users Need To Know 10 Useful Tumblr Tips That New Users Need To Know I'm absolutely hooked on Tumblr. I don't know what the appeal to Tumblr is over other similar blogging sites such as Posterous or Wordpress, but I've caught the Tumblr bug and I have learned some... Read More , LinkedIn 10 Little Known LinkedIn Features That Make It More Fun To Professionally Network 10 Little Known LinkedIn Features That Make It More Fun To Professionally Network You definitely have more Facebook contacts, but I am pretty sure it is the LinkedIn contact you would put with to get that career recommendation. It still is your best online resume. So, without further... Read More , your YouTube channel, and the RSS feed, Google Reader How To Use Google Reader As A Bookmarking Service How To Use Google Reader As A Bookmarking Service Read More . This subscription feature brings all your most visited accounts in one place.

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When you tap on a subscription, you get pages of the most recently posted content. For some websites, selected articles are stripped of the surrounding web content so you can focus on the article without distractions; or in the case of MakeUseOf, articles are presented in the sites they originated from.

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Content can be shared with other services like Pocket Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More , Readability Readability Launches Native iOS App For Clutter-Free Reading On Your iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch [News] Readability Launches Native iOS App For Clutter-Free Reading On Your iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch [News] Read More , and Instapaper Manage Your Bookmarks & Reading List with Instapaper Manage Your Bookmarks & Reading List with Instapaper Read More , Twitter and Facebook, as well as email.

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Adding and Deleting Content

You can delete individual subscriptions the same way you delete apps from your iPad, by simply pressing down on a subscription until the delete buttons appear. If you want to cancel the process, simply tap again.

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You add content by tapping on the red bookmark search button on the top right. Inside the sliding right panel you get over a dozen categories of content to subscribe to, including News, Business, Tech & Science, Photos & Design, Sports, and City Guides. Inside these categories are hundreds of online magazines and websites to add to your Flipboard.

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In its most recent update Flipboard Adds iBookstore To Magazine App Content [Updates] Flipboard Adds iBookstore To Magazine App Content [Updates] The popular magazine style and RSS feed mobile app, Flipboard has added Apple iBookstore and Books categories to its list of Content Subscriptions and recommendations. The new iBooks section consists of two dozen book categories... Read More , Flipboard added a Books section, mostly made of all the category of books and short reviews found in the iTunes iBookstore. NPR Book reviews and related articles are also at the top of the list.

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You can also do a keyword search for other content not presented in any of the categories. And when you tap on the red “Your Flipboard” button, you can edit, re-order, and delete your existing subscriptions.

As Flipboard grew in popularity, similar magazine applications like Zite Zite- Personalized Magazine & News Reader For Your iPad Zite- Personalized Magazine & News Reader For Your iPad Read More and Pulse Pulse Is Now Free: A Visual Display RSS News Reader [iPad] Pulse Is Now Free: A Visual Display RSS News Reader [iPad] Read More were developed for the iPad, each with their own unique styles and orientations. I highly recommend downloading all three of these magazine apps and seeing which one you are most comfortable with.

Let us know what you think of Flipboard for iPad, and what features you would like to see added.

  1. Andreas Dissel
    January 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Is there an alternative for flipboard on Linux (Ubuntu)?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 5, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Good question, Andreas. Hopefully one of Linux writers can address this question.

  2. Dawn
    January 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I have lived in a tent in Yosemite National Park for some years and with limited internet access, FLIPBOARD is probably my most used application. If I don't have time to read it all at the moment, sending the links to e-mail makes it available. Seeing that you added a book section I am off to check it out.

    Keep up the good work.

    Dawn

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Hey Dawn, thanks for the feedback. So you you're living in a tent in Yosemite. Talk about getting back to nature. I'm impressed. Yosemite seems like a great place live in the outdoors. Do you plan to write about your experience?

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