May 29, 2014Reading magazines on line is the latest free library offering through Zinio.
"The purpose is to make magazines available to people on line," said Kate DeMeester, the library's assistant director.
The latest issue of a favorite magazine can be downloaded to a computer, tablet or Smartphone for those who hold a Grosse Pointe Public Library card. For a device, a free app must be downloaded.
"You must have a library card to sign in," she said.
A library card is free to anyone who lives in the Grosse Pointe Public School System district.
The ability to download monthly issues of popular reading material follows the service of downloading books. Unlike books which can be checked out for a limited amount of time, magazines don't have to be "returned," she said.
Dozens of magazines online went live May 1 with titles ranging from "$10 dinner or less" to the children's magazine "Zamoof." Popular titles ready for perusal include Dwell, Family Circle, Elle, ESPN, Good Housekeeping, Harpers Bazaar, Martha Stewart Living, Men's Fitness, National Geographic, O The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Consumer Reports, Seventeen, and specialized magazines such as Trains and Yoga Journal.
Zinio is available through The Library Network that offers a basic package.
DeMeester said if this initial list may not include the exact magazine a patron is seeking, a simple request for a specific magazine can be made to a librarian and within a reasonable time it will be added to Grosse Pointe's selection. In the meantime, the requested magazine might be found in physical form at one of the three library branches.
To access Zinio, visit the library's website, gp.lib.mi.us. Click on eLibrary at top left for a drop-down menu. eMagazine shows up. On the first visit, patrons must create an account using their library card's account number and a password.
If a patron forgets the password, DeMeester said, the e-mail account can be used.
Some of the 220 titles can be accessed for the current issues, others can be accessed for both the current issue, as well as the past 12 issues.
There is a list of magazines for browsing.
"You can read about what the magazine is," she said. "We have a good variety."
Or select a favorite and the title will be saved for future reading.
A user can leaf through the eMagazine or stop and read an article, just as if holding the physical copy, she said. The eMagazine stays on the user's devise until clicked off.
"Navigation is similar with those who use a tablet," she said. "You can browse or turn the pages or go to an article of interest."
As with any site, patrons can shop Zinio. However, this is a free service to library patrons and paying for subscriptions is not necessary, DeMeester emphasized.
"We are not trying to discourage people from coming in, but we are encouraging people to read as many ways as possible," DeMeester said.
Check out the music
The library has plenty of books and periodicals both on the shelf and available for download to its card holding members. It also has movies and music to be checked out. The library also has tunes that can be downloaded, free and legally.
Through Freegal, a library card holder can download up to three songs per week to their personal device to keep forever. Look up a song of interest, hear a 30-second sample and download it.
"The library pays a subscription, paying based on the number of users," she said. "If you want an album, it will take more than a week."
The service, DeMeester said, has been around awhile but hasn't been over used. "People don't realize it's available."