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A Newsstand in the Palm of Your Hand!

Date: Mar 1st, 2013

Digital Magazines Now Available at Anoka County Library!  Anoka County Library is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, a service for the digital delivery of magazines.

Through www.anokacountylibrary.org, Anoka County Library patrons will have unlimited simultaneous access to more than 125 complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on any Internet-enabled device inside or outside of the library. Zinio's unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.  Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine and Readers Digest are just a few of the popular titles available.  There is no limit to the number of titles that can be checked out, no due dates, and the titles are always available.  The service is available free with a valid Anoka County or Columbia Heights Public Library card.

“The digital delivery of reading material is not only convenient but also offers expandable content that you can’t get with a paper publication,” said Anoka County Commissioner and Library Board liaison Julie Braastad.  “This addition to our menu of services is just another way Anoka County Library is adapting to the digital way of life!”

“We are pleased to now offer digital magazines in addition to eBooks and eAudiobooks,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle.  “Maximize the use of your tablet or smartphone, and enjoy the resources the library has to offer whenever it is convenient for you.”

The initial registration process requires creating two accounts - an Anoka County Library Zinio account to browse available magazines, and a free Zinio.com account for subscribing to and reading magazines. Registration instructions are at anokacountylibrary.org.

Zinio magazines may be read on a wide variety of free apps for computers and mobile devices, including apps for PC or Mac, iPhone or iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire, and Blackberry Playbook. Patrons who use devices that don't have an app available can view magazines online in the device's web browser.

Please see your Anoka County Library librarian for more information on how to access this service. Zinio is sponsored by Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).