Zinio allows one to download magazines to read on one’s personal computer (be it a desktop, laptop, or tablet) or smartphone. All one needs is a library card and e-mail address. The Woodridge Public Library (WPL) subscribes to seventy-two titles.
Zinio is easy to use. One needs two accounts—one for the Zinio Web site and one to access the titles to which the WPL subscribes. Make sure you use the same e-mail address for both accounts.
To create an account to access the WPL’s Zinio collection:
1. Go to the WPL’s Zinio page.
2. Click on Create Account.
3. Enter one’s library card number and click Validate.
4. Enter one’s e-mail address (if one already has a personal Zinio account, use the same e-mail address here), create a password, retype the password, and enter one’s name.
5. Click Create Account.
6. Check one’s e-mail for a confirmation and click the activation link.
7. Go back to the Zinio page and click Return to login.
8. Enter one’s e-mail and password and click Log in.
To pick magazines:
1. Go to the WPL’s Zinio page using your browser, NOT the app.
2. Log in using one’s e-mail address and password.
3. Click on the magazine one wants.
4. One will be prompted to create an account or sign in. If one already has a personal Zinio account, sign in with it. If one does not have a Zinio account yet, use the form under “New to Zinio?” to create an account using one’s first name, surname, e-mail address – remember that it must be the same e-mail address that one used to create an account to see the WPL’s collections – and password.
The WPL states at this point in the instructions, “Now the magazine will be added to your collection. It’s yours to keep!”
The account one created through the WPL’s Zinio page using one’s library card number gives one access to the magazines to which the WPL has subscribed. The personal account one created through Zinio allows one to personalize one’s own collection to view online or offline to view and manage one’s magazines online or via one of the Zinio apps. If one subscribes to any magazines through Zinio (with a personal subscription) those magazines will be in the same place as WPL magazines.
There are no limits on how many people can download a magazine so one never has to wait. As new issues come out, one will have access to them. One has access to back issues starting from January, 2013 when the WPL began offering this service.
On a desktop or laptop computer, one can read them right away from one’s browser. One can go to Zinio any time to read one’s magazines. Just log in and then click on Read.
Zinio has apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. The Zinio app has been approved for the Kindle Fire but may not be available. For more information, click here and choose the question “Having trouble finding the Zinio app for Amazon’s KINDLE FIRE?”
Unfortunately, there is no Zinio app for Barnes & Noble’s Nook devices. One can try to use Zinio through the browser but whether it’s accessible depends on the memory of one’s Nook.
The magazines available from the WPL this way range from Advocate to Ladies Home Journal, from Popular Science to Rolling Stone. Register in person, by phone (630-964-7899), or online to take the class “Check Out e-books and Magazines!” on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. or Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The WPL stated in the Spring 2013 issue of Library Leaves, “Learn to check out and read e-books from Media On Demand to use on your PC, e-reader, smartphone, or tablet. We’ll also look at Zinio for downloading and reading magazines.”