Excerpt from article on TechCrunch:
"Flipboard is inching into Pinterest’s territory today with the launch of a new “shopping” category which allows e-commerce brands turn their online stores into flippable, shoppable catalogs, complete with pricing info and big, red “buy” buttons for the items they sell. Meanwhile, everyday users are also now able to build catalogs of their own, using the updated “flip.it” button for web browsers. The company has several new launch partners for its new catalogs, including eBay, Banana Republic, Fab, Birchbox, and ModCloth, as well existing partners like Etsy and Levi’s.
These brands worked with Flipboard’s team who have turned their websites into custom catalogs, where the formatting has been modified to be cleaner and more minimalistic – basically, more like it would appear if it were a print catalog as opposed to a cluttered e-commerce website.
In addition, these catalogs can contain a mixture of products and editorial, or brands can choose to organize their product lines into separate, smaller magazines.
The new top-level “Shopping” category in Flipboard will include magazines from celebratory curators like fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, singer Sara Evans, chef Daniel Boulud and actress Alyssa Milano, who have built magazines containing their favorite products.
To cater to the needs of the former, the company also updated its Flipboard bookmarklet today to allow users to capture product category and price when clipping items from the web. The tool will scrape the text from the web page, or when it’s not able to do so, users can select the category manually or type in the price themselves..."
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