You may know that the library offers access to free eBooks, but did you know that you can also download free digital magazines? Zinio provides access to over 70 popular titles that you can read on computers, smartphones, and tablets. Digital magazines offer full-color, page-for-page copies of issues, with simple navigation, keyword searching, and even some interactive audio and video. Best of all, you can keep titles as long as you like, and there is no limit to the number of magazines you can download!
To start using Zinio, visit the library’s website (www.chathamlibraries.org) and click on the Online Resources link in the navigation menu. Look for the Zinio link under the eBooks, eAudiobooks, & Magazines heading. From the Zinio site, you can browse the library’s collection, which includes:
- Cook’s Illustrated
- Country Living
- The Economist
- Martha Stewart Living
- Mental Floss
- Mother Earth News
- National Geographic
- O, The Oprah Magazine
- Rolling Stone
You will need to use your library card to create a personal Zinio account. Simply click the Create New Account link in the upper right corner of the screen and follow the prompts.
Once you sign in to your account, select a magazine title, then click the Checkout button for the issue you would like to download. You can begin reading immediately in your computer’s browser. To read on a mobile device, download the Zinio app. Apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android devices. (Please note that you will need to register for an account on your computer or in a browser on your mobile device, not from within the app.)
Need help getting started with Zinio? Join us on August 26th at 3:00 pm for a Zinio class. Can’t make it then? Call the reference desk at 919-545-8086 for assistance.