Last updated: June 10. 2014 11:41AM -
Ben Loftis Contributing Columnist

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Several months ago, the library began offering digital resources. Over the last few months, I have used this column to highlight those resources (Overdrive) as well as to discuss some other free digital resources available online. Today, I want to talk about another new resource the library is offering.

Recently, the library announced that we had begun offering a new digital resource — Zinio — making downloadable magazines available. We were able to do this thanks to grants from the Rotary Club of Union as well as our Friends of the Library. Through the service, we are able to offer subscriptions to 43 different magazines, some of which we chose and some which were made freely available.

Those magazines include The Red Bulletin (with editions specifically relating to the United States, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and special editions for Festival and STRATOS), Drew League, Focus, Jack Cook, Robb Report Watch Collector, Your Family Tree Presents, Decanter-New Zealand, Creating an Organic Garden, Bloomberg Pursuits, and the Tulsa Book Review.

More popular magazines include Newsweek, Food Network Magazine, Rolling Stone, O- The Oprah Magazine, Popular Science, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Reader’s Digest, Macworld, PCWorld, Popular Mechanics, Weight Watchers, Esquire, Redbook, Taste of Home, ESPN the Magazine, Runner’s World, Marie Claire, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Motor Trend, Mother Jones, Seventeen, Field & Stream, Diabetic Living, and Outdoor Life.

A link is available from the library’s homepage (www.unionlibrary.org) to Zinio, and all you need to create an account is a library card. At the Zinio screen, you will use your library card to create two accounts, one for basic Zinio access and one to use to read magazines on your devices. Many magazines you can read on your computer screen without having to use a smartphone or tablet.

Zinio allows unlimited simultaneous checkouts for most magazines, including all magazines to which we subscribe. Most magazines also make available back issues that have been released since we began using the service.

Also included in our subscription to Zinio is access to a small portion of Recorded Books product One Click Digital. One Click Digital provides downloadable audiobooks, currently all of which are classic titles now in the public domain. To use One Click Digital, simply follow the link from the library’s homepage and create an account similar to the one created for Zinio.

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