We do it at the doctor’s office, the dentist’s waiting room, the beauty or barber shop and anywhere else when we have a few minutes of time on our hands. I did it last week while waiting for an oil change. What am I talking about? Reading magazines. There’s something compelling about the cover of a magazine that I can’t resist as it lies so casually within reach. It doesn’t matter what magazine; I’ll read whatever is handy. I’ve read Entertainment Weekly, ESPN, Dental Health, Car and Driver and year old issues of People. It’s fun and entertaining to flip through glossy pages of ads, scan the articles, admire the latest fashions and catch up on celebrity gossip.
Thanks to a new service that we’ve just launched at the library, I no longer have to limit my magazine selection to whatever is lying around a waiting room. I can now choose my own magazines to read online anytime, anywhere. The service is called Zinio for Libraries, and it offers a collection of 50 popular titles. I can choose magazines from a wide range of categories including business and news, computer and electronics, crafts, fashion, food and cooking, health and fitness, home and family, science and history, travel, pop culture or sports. The collection includes popular favorites such as Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, Golf Digest and yes, even ESPN Magazine.
To get started with Zinio for Libraries, use your PC or Mac to visit the library’s website, raynhampubliclibrary.org; click on elibrary, and then on the Zinio icon. You’ll be asked to enter your library card number and create an account. Browse the collection and check out any title you like. You have access to the current issue as well as a year’s worth of back issues. You even have the option of being notified by email when the next issue is available. There is no waiting, no checkout limit and no return. You may keep issues as long as you like. All magazines are full-color and interactive. Click on an article listed in the Table of Contents, and you’ll be taken directly to that page.
For reading on the go (and all those waiting rooms), download one of Zinio’s mobile apps for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD/HDX, and read on your tablet or smartphone. Have questions? Give us a call or make an appointment for a one-on-one help session.