MagMaking 101: Make Your First Magazine on Flipboard

Jenn de la Vega / January 7, 2017

We know many of you reading the MagMaker blog are curation pros; this post is great for anyone new to the platform who wants a quick way to get started.

Flipboard isn’t just for reading your custom mix of favorite topics and sources. With the ability to make your own magazines, you can be a curator on any subject you want. Not only is it easy, but once you get the hang of it, magazines are flexible and customizable. Best of all, joining Flipboard is free and you can make as many magazines as you need. Here’s how to get started:

Register for Flipboard

Head to Flipboard.com. You will need a valid email address to confirm registration.

On the Web, you will be asked to pick a passion to personalize your Flipboard account. You can search and then specify what you like about that passion. For example, we chose Photography and then Leica Cameras.

On mobile, you will be asked to pick a passion. You can search and add up to 9 more items in your Home carousel.

Once you’ve registered, you will be taken to your Cover Stories—or as we also sometimes call it, “Your Flipboard.” Visit your profile to add a photo and description. Your profile serves as an introduction to you and a hub for others to browse your magazines.

Create Your First Magazine

On the Web, click on your profile icon and then “Create Magazine” button.

On mobile, tap on your profile and then on the grey “Make a New Magazine” button. Choose between a Smart Magazine, custom Smart Magazine, private group magazine or private to just you. You will be prompted to type in a title, description and whether you want to make the magazine private or public.

A concise title and a thorough magazine description will help others find your magazine.

Types of Magazines

Think about how you will be organizing information and with whom you will be sharing your magazines.

Here are some ideas:

  • Current events to discuss with friends
  • Inspiration for group projects or planning an event
  • Articles to supplement a presentation or conference
  • Company news
  • Information about an upcoming trip
  • Your own digital photo album or family newsletter
  • Reading material for a trip, your kids or yourself

Fill It Up (Chrome extension, Bookmarklet)

Here’s the fun part! Flipping articles into your magazine is easy.

From your Cover Stories on the Web, simply scroll down until you see something you want to put into your magazine. Click on the + sign in the bottom right corner of any article.

If you aren’t seeing enough material in your Cover Stories, you can find and follow more topics, publishers and people with a search. Click on the magnifying glass icon on the top right of the screen to begin.

You can also follow your social media networks by connecting them to your Flipboard account. On mobile, visit your Following tab on your Profile and tap on the menu to the right of the search bar. Select Social Networks and log in.

To bring in content as you browse the Web, you can install the Flipboard Chrome Extension or bookmarklet.

On mobile, open your Cover Stories and flip away! The + sign will be on the bottom right of your screen.

With Compose, you also can add original text and photos from your device.

Editing Your Magazine

While you’re logged in to Flipboard.com, you can rearrange the items in your magazine, promote something to the cover, delete articles and edit your magazine’s settings, like title, description, contributors and privacy toggle. You’ll see a new “Edit” button under the cover of each of your Flipboard magazines.

Alternatively, you can hover your mouse over the magazine covers on your profile to reveal another “edit” button.

To move magazines, click and drag them. Set the covers by clicking on a magazine to select it and show the articles within. Choose the image by clicking on the cover icon below it.

Once you’ve got enough pages to flip like a digital magazine, it’s time to show it off. Tweet the link to @FlipboardMag and we’ll take a look.

~jdlv is curating “By-Lining