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Your Magazine Rack is Now 'Digital' at Memphis Public Libraries

By: Marcey Wright

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The “world’s largest newsstand” is now available at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center! Zinio Digital Magazines offer Library customers unlimited access to complete, full-color issues of popular magazines for free. Using their Library cards to check out and download their favorite titles, readers can convert their traditional magazine racks into digital ones.

“We want to continue to provide the information our customers want and need, in whichever formats they prefer to use,” said Library Collections Development Manager Alan Stewart. “Zinio should appeal to anyone who appreciates magazines and is reasonably comfortable with technology. You can’t beat the convenience of being able to browse, check out, and download new magazines anywhere, at any time. And it’s free!”

The result of a partnership with Recorded Books, this digital magazine service offers Library customers more than articles but full magazines and well-known titles like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, The Economist, Esquire, and Us Weekly. For readers with more specialized tastes, several other magazines are available, like Runner’s World, Billboard, Food Network Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and even children’s magazines, Chickadee and Owl.

 “We currently have 97 different magazines available, covering a wide variety of interests,” Stewart noted, “and new issues become available in Zinio the same day they go on sale. This means that the Library often has a magazine digitally before we have it in print!” To stay current in its collections, Memphis Public Libraries have made the transition along with popular magazines like Newsweek and PC World that have converted to digital editions.

Using this new service, magazine lovers will not be bound by checkout limits or return dates. Plus, magazines do not expire, meaning customers can start their own collections! To get started, customers must establish an account using their Library cards. New users are required to set up a Zinio account as well. After establishing the Zinio account, customers can search for specific magazines and purchase them from Zinio, if they are unavailable in the Library’s collection. “Library customers can rest assured that they will never have to pay for magazines from the Library,” Alan stressed.

All customers need to get started is their Library card number and a computer or other Internet-ready device. Although readers are not required to download special software to read magazines, certain apps are available for Windows and Mac computers, Kindle Fires, and Apple and Android mobile devices that will enable customers to download magazines and read them anytime – whether or not they are connected to the web!

Library customers needing assistance in using the new Zinio Digital Magazine service can bring their devices to a special Gadget Lab, offered during the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). For more information, call (901) 415-2700.