The paradigm of the pagination, and the idea of a system for programmatically creating editorial layout is definitely worth stealing and I think it's fully fair to build products that do this.
What would frustrate me if I was at Flipboard is the aesthetic similarity. It actually looks like a Flipboard branded product, due to choices in color, layout, format, and typography. That's not building on the innovation of Flipboard, it's building on the identity of Flipboard. The only real benefits of that:
* Skipping the process of developing a unique identity (lazy)
* Not having to have a vision to develop a unique identity (uncreative)
* Gain unearned associations with Flipboard (pathetic)
I saw a human powered ornithopter in the news recently. Obviously that doesn't answer the question, "Can flapping wings power flight?" but it does answer the question, "Can a human's muscles power flapping winged flight?"
The creativity here is getting the job done in Html5, it answers an implementation question, not an HCI question.
You know tablets are here to stay when people start offering tablet-specific publishing as a service.
I have no problems with this product -- it seems like an interesting solution to a real problem -- but this is just a ridiculous statement. Whenever a new trend pops up, people try to capitalize on it. It doesn't matter if the current trend is a fad or if it will last, it's about the opportunity right now.
I happen to think "tablets" are here to stay, but let's not get carried away based solely on that.
I figure I might not be the only one slightly confused by the different names and what each does: PadPressed is the WordPress plugin that makes any WordPress blog into something that looks good for the iPad (including homescreen icon, fullscreen and splashscreen on launch), using Apple's special meta parameters for the "original" web-apps.
CoverPad is a new feature of said product that adds the Flipboard-like page flipping and layout.
Kids, take notes: Slipping in that NYTimes.com $50,000/$50 price-point disruption is what turns an otherwise boring PR reword-reprint into a killer article. Too bad TC buried the lede and too bad they wrote YC-backed.