The library is pleased to offer Zinio for Libraries. Zinio, billed as “the world’s largest newsstand,” provides instant digital access to popular magazines.
Director Stacey Richardson notes that Zinio is an important addition to the library’s current digital collections. “Our patrons have had access to ebooks through the Ohio Digital Library and Axis360, and to free music downloads from Freegal,” says Richardson, who adds that the use of those services has increased 45% in the last year. “Now patrons will also be able to access their favorite magazines digitally,” Richardson says.
Through Zinio, digital magazines can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, and can be “flipped through” or searched easily.
According to Richardson, magazines will be available on their release date, and there will be no waiting lists. “Any number of patrons can look at a magazine at the same time,” Richardson explains. “Also, the magazines download to the patron’s computer or device, so there’s no ‘checkout period’ to worry about and no late fees,” she continues.
There are currently 84 magazines available, including Bicycling, Cosmo, Esquire, Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, Us, and Women’s Day, to name just a few.
Zinio is available through the library’s website, www.kentfreelibrary.org. Librarians are glad to show you how to access the service—drop by the Information Desk or call 330.673.4414 for assistance.
Zinio for Library is a service provided by RBdigital from Recorded Books