The Des Moines Public Library announced a new program earlier that allows cardholders to check out current magazine issues through digital media. I tried this new service over the last few weeks and find it much easier to use than the audio book service. I’ve read only with my laptop computer.
What it is. Zinio is an e-magazine provider. Cardholders create a free account. Zinio gives copies of its magazines through several devices, including the kindle fire, nook, and laptop computer. A sleek-looking website and thorough FAQ make for a pleasing experience.
How it works. Cardholders register for a Zinio account, then select any title(s) desired. After downloading, the magazine is available for you to browse. Over 100 titles are available, and there is no limit to the number of downloads. No additional software is needed. The magazine opens in a new window of your web browser – if you use Chrome, a new Chrome window with the magazine appears. There is a bookmark ability.
What is missing. Fragrances are missing from the e-magazine. Tearing pages out to save and show others may be an issue if your reading device isn’t very portable.
Why I like it. I like this service for several reasons. First, I get to keep a copy of the most current issue at my home. Current hardcopy issues are never allowed out of the library building. Second, it’s very easy to get a copy. Unlike the WILBOR/Overdrive Media audio books, all titles are available in all formats. You can print pages if you see something you want to save, say a new recipe or idea.
Loose ends. Will the downloaded copy automatically disappear after a period of time? Will I get a notice like the audio book service, where I am warned to destroy all copies? Will more titles become available? Despite the library having a wide variety of magazines in their children’s department, there are not many zinio selections for children.