Something big is missing from Flipboard and iBookstore

Flipboard is a great discovery channel for books, but where are the samples?

Flipboard (which I adore) and Apple’s iBookstore (which I rarely think about) have teamed up. Sort of.

A new books section in Flipboard highlights titles from iBookstore. It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Instead of doing the obvious thing — publishing full samples — the Flipboard / iBookstore section only shows the book cover, author and publisher’s description. That’s like lining the shelves of a physical bookstore with book jackets, not the books themselves. Why would you do that?

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Bookish Techy Week in Review

Amazon is everywhere; iBookstore fails to impress; ereader incompetence checklist; and challenges for the ebook industry in Argentina.

This week we noticed lots of good news for Amazon/Kindle; not the greatest review of iBookstore; HP's print-on-demand pilots gain ground; and advice for would-be Android readers.