I am having great fun with Flipboard’s new magazine feature. If you don’t already have the free Flipboard app on your tablet [iOS & Android], you’re missing a delightful reading experience. With Flipboard magazines, any user can create a special interest “publication” by collecting content from all over the Web. If you’d like to see an example, check out my Fiesta 500! magazine which celebrates 500 years of Florida history.
This is a great topic with a huge collection of online content that combines photographs, newspaper articles, magazine stories and blog posts with maps, charts, videos and other ephemera located in digital archives. As I wander around all these delightful places, I “flip” any interesting item into my magazine using a very nice bookmarklet downloaded from Flipboard.
Before you get too concerned, Flipboard takes great pains to insure that each flipped content item is correctly and obviously sourced. Not only is the originating site given full credit, but when you open it to view the entire article, you are seeing the original article at its home site. So, Flipboard and the magazine editor are actually driving more viewers to each item included in a magazine. It’s a win-win situation for both sides.
From now through 2015, my little corner of Florida is celebrating. This year is the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida and 2015 is the 450th birthday for St. Augustine. My Fiesta 500! magazine is a great way to learn many of the stories that make this part of the country so interesting and we’ve got lots of beautiful things to photograph too. Subscribe and see for yourself.
Even better – use Flipboard to tell your own stories!