Flipboard opens new Books category showcasing most popular books from Apple’s iBookstore

Flipboard, the popular news reading application for the iPad, iPhone and other devices, now includes a Books category that integrates with Apple’s iBookstore. Flipboard announced the new category on its blog today, noting that the new Books category includes 25 sections of the most popular books from the iBookstore. “It’s like browsing in a bookstore, right from your Flipboard,” the company blog says.

Whether you’re into cookbooks or computer books, fiction or non, all of the iBooks pages have been specially designed and optimized for Flipboard. The books sections’ clean, white pages offer a well-lighted space in which to decide what to read next. In addition to a write-up of the book from the publisher and an image of the book, each “article” also contains a quick way to download the book from the iTunes store. Once you get it, you can naturally enjoy all the features of iBooks on your iPhone or iPad, including fully illustrated books like children’s picture books, art books, photo books and cookbooks.

The iBookstore integration allows users to read a summary of individual iBookstore books from within Flipboard. The app also provides an easily accessible button to download the complete book to the iBooks app via the iBookstore. The book reading feature is available in multiple countries including U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and Brazil.

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