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An App We Love: Zinio

Sean, Standley Lake Library

Did you know the Jefferson County Public Library subscribes to 99 digital magazines that you can read for free on your computer or have sent to your Kindle Fire, iPad, or just about any other mobile device?

You can start accessing the collection here. Zinio is a little more complicated than other JCPL digital downloads because it makes you create two separate accounts. When you click on the link, you’ll be asked to create a user name and password that will let you see the titles JCPL has purchased. Before you can read those titles, however, you’ll be asked to create an account with itself. You’ll use the same user name and password both times, but some may find the need to make duplicate accounts a little confusing.

Once both accounts are created, you’ll be able to access and read popular titles like 5280, Consumer Reports, Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Maxim, Everyday Food, and Esquire. With 99 titles, our digital magazine collection is bound to have something you’ll like. Best of all, there’s never a wait. The current issue of each title is available whenever you wish.

While you can read every magazine right off your computer screen, Zinio gets really neat if you happen to have a tablet PC such as an iPad or Kindle Fire (Nook users currently cannot use Zinio do to restrictions from Barnes and Noble). The magazines look absolutely awesome on these devices. You’ll need to download the free Zinio app and register it using the same user name and password you created for your account. Titles you select will be beamed to the app whenever each new issue becomes available. Zinio will also give a few free issues of non-library magazines to try out too.

If you’d like to learn more about the Zinio collection or need help with the app or creating your account, please stop by the Information Desk at any library location. We’ll be happy to assist!