Free digital magazines
A new offering from Rodman Library, “Zinio for Libraries”, allows library patrons to read and explore a diverse magazine selection using their library card. UK digital magazine distributor Zinio and Recorded Books, the audiobook workhorse, have partnered to offer this online service to libraries. It’s an easy way for library patrons to read their favorite magazines in digital format on their PCs, Macs and mobile devices. Zinio’s digital platform recreates about 4000 magazines cover-to-cover, with full-color pictures. It offers an intuitive navigation, keyword article search and simultaneous use of titles, covering major magazines of industry, hobby and specialty. With simultaneous use of titles, every patron can be reading the same magazine, free, through their library using their library card.
Rodman Library has selected and purchased 114 magazines from Zinio for patrons’ enjoyment. Some titles include Consumer Reports, Food Network Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, U.S. Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, Popular Science, Readers Digest and Smithsonian Magazine, to name a few. To access the magazines, patrons register through their library by creating two accounts. One account validates the patron as an active member of the library and allows access to the library’s magazine collection. The other account provides a viewer account in Zinio.com for online streaming and off-line reading. Patrons can check out as many magazines as they wish and keep them for as long as they wish. Once magazines have been selected, patrons are then notified when the next new issue comes out. The service is free to the patrons.
Rodman Library is excited about offering this new service. Follow the Zinio link on the right side of the library’s website, www.rodmanlibrary.com, to start reading your favorite magazines online today. For more information, call the library at 330-821-2665.
Sources: Library Journal Nov. 2012
Public Libraries Sept./Oct. 2012