How to create your own mobile web magazines with Flipboard [tutorial]

Read and share your favourite news stories in a glossy magazine-like interface with Flipboard 2.0 for iPhone, iPad and Android


Read and share your favourite news stories in a glossy magazine-like interface with Flipboard 2.0 for iPhone, iPad and Android. Here we show you how to create your own web magazine in six simple steps.

When Google announced it was making its popular Google Reader service redundant this summer, it left millions in need of a new way to read and subscribe to their favourite web content. Step forward Flipboard, a digital social magazine that has quickly become an App Store favourite. Now in its second iteration, Flipboard has been boosted by a new personalised magazine creation tool that enables users to create their own custom magazine based on whatever they fancy.

Since its launch, the second version of Flipboard has amassed a further three million users to the service, and has already seen over 500,000 personalised magazines published. To say the update has been a success would be a massive understatement. It’s not just amateur journalists that have been getting involved either. Powerhouses Rolling Stone, Esquire and National Geographic have all been having a crack at producing their own topical magazines.

In this tutorial we’ll take you through the process of creating your first Flipboard magazine packed full of great content that you’ll love reading later. When done, you can decide to share it to numerous sources or have your mag made private so only you can view it. There’s a lot of choice, as we’re about to show you. Flipboard is a free download from the App Store, so there’s no excuse not to get involved.

Step 1: Create an account


Getting set up is relatively pain free. It’s a free download from the App Store, but you do need to create a unique Flipboard account. It’s as simple as following the on-screen instructions.

Step 2: Search for a subject


You’ll need an idea for your magazine before searching for content. From the main page, hit the magnifying glass (top right) and type in your search to see a vast array of stories.

Step 3: Choose your content


Flip through your search until you find something you want to add to your magazine. Tap ‘+’ and give your magazine a title and a description. Hit the Create button at the top right.

Step 4: Add stories from your browser


Go to and follow the instructions on installing a web bookmarklet. Now when you see great content on the web, just click the Flip It button to add it.

Step 5: Choose a cover photo


By default, your cover photo will be the last viewed story from your mag. You can change this easily, though. Select the story, hit the Share button and choose ‘Promote to Cover’.

Step 6: Share


From your cover photo, you have the option to share your magazine. Hit the Share button to the left and choose to either send a link to it via email or across your social networks. Would you rather keep your curated content private? toggle the  ‘Let everyone see my magazine’ option to Off to make it for your eyes only.