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Download and read scores of top UK magazines & Comics for free every month

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Found 18th May 2017Edited by:"mikepaterson"
Libraries in several parts of the UK allow residents to access loads of top UK magazines every month (172 currently available) using the Zinio App for android or iOS and also online in your web browser. All you need is a library card which you can get free at your local library. Some regions also offer comics, books and audiobooks for download as well.

I have included a link to the Essex Library site as the main link, but you will need to check if your region offers this service.

I searched in Google and found that the following areas have zinio available, but it may be available in many other areas:

Manchester, Leeds,Westminster, Derbyshire, Suffolk, Edinburgh, Northern Ireland, West Sussex,Glasgow, Solihull, Tameside, Swindon, Plymouth, East Riding, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire,Coventry, Wales, Cambridgeshire, Fife, Leicester, Warwickshire, Sheffield, Brighton etc. etc.

It seems that different regions have different magazines available, but here is the list for Essex as an example:

25 Beautiful Homes
All About History
Amateur Gardening
Aperture
AppleMagazine
Architectural Record
Artists & Illustrators
ARTnews
Astronomy
Auto Express
Autocar
Aviation Classics
BBC Easycook
BBC Good Food Magazine
BBC History Magazine
BBC Music
BBC Top Gear Magazine
BBC Wildlife Magazine
Billboard Magazine
Britain
Cardmaking& Papercraft
CCO Magazine
Classics Monthly
Computer Music
Computer Shopper
Cosmopolitan UK
Country Homes& Interiors
Country Life
Country Living UK
Countryfile Magazine
Creating an Organic Garden
Cross Stitch Collection
Cross Stitch Crazy
CrossStitcher
Cruise International
Cycling Active
Cyclist
Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Decanter-New Zealand 2011
Digital Camera World
Digital Photographer
Digital SLR Photography
Drew League
Edge
Elle
ELLE DECOR
Elle UK
Esquire UK
Essentials Magazine
Evo
F1 Racing UK
Focus
Food Network Magazine
Forbes
Fortean Times
FourFourTwo UK
Future Music
Gamesmaster
Gardeners' World
Golf Monthly
Good Housekeeping UK
Goodtoknow Recipes
GT (Gay Times)
Guitarist
Health&Fitness
HELLO! magazine
Heritage Railway
Homes&Antiques
Homes&Gardens
Horse&Hound
House Beautiful UK
Ideal Home
ImagineFX
Interweave Knits
iPad& iPhone User
Kitchen Garden
Knitter's Magazine
Linux Format
Love Patchwork& Quilting
MacFormat
MacUser
Macworld
Macworld UK
Marie Claire - UK
Martha Stewart Living
Men's Fitness
Men's Fitness UK
Men's Health
Men's Health UK
Men's Journal
Micro Mart
Modern Patchwork
Motorcycle Sport& Leisure
Mountain Bike Rider
National Geographic Interactive
National Geographic Traveler Interactive
net
New Scientist
New Scientist International Edition
Newsweek
Now
O, The Oprah Magazine
Official PlayStation Magazine - UK Edition
OK! Magazine
Olive Magazine
PaperCraft Inspirations
PC Advisor
PC Format
PC Gamer
PC Pro
PCWorld
Popular Science
Practical Boat Owner
Practical Caravan
Practical Motorhome
Prima Baby
Prima UK
RasPi Magazine
Rolling Stone
Rugby World
Runner's World
Runner's World UK
Save Our Seas
Scootering
SFX
Simply Crochet
Sky at Night
Style At Home
Teen Now
The Economist
The Economist - UK edition
The Independent Guide to Minecraft
The Knitter
The Railway Magazine
The Red Bulletin US
The Week
The Writer
Total Film
Total Guitar
Tulsa Book Review
Turn Your Hobby into a Business
TV Times
TV&Satellite Week
Ukulele For Beginners
Us Weekly
Vegetarian Today
Viz
Webuser
Weight Watchers
What Car?
What's on TV
Who Do You Think You Are?
Woman
Woman&Home
Woman&Home Feel Good Food
Woman&Home Feel Good You
Woman's Own
Women's Fitness Magazine
Women's Health UK
World Soccer
Yachting Monthly
Yachting World
Yoga for Fitness
Yoga Journal
You and Your Wedding
Your Family History
Your Family Tree Presents Discover your ancestor's occupation
Your Family Tree Presents: Get Started in Family History
Your Family Tree presents: Get started in Military family history
Yours Magazine

Magazines offered do seem to change from time to time.
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27 Comments
Some regions also offer newspapers.
Edited by: "ClotBot" 18th May 2017
Thanks OP. I'll check my area availability. Sounds great if your area offers it
Thanks. Is there a link that gives all participating libraries
teerex

Thanks. Is there a link that gives all participating libraries


I cannot find one, but have added some more regions and links in the main post. I sesarched Google for zinio libraries uk
ClotBot

Some regions offer newspaper too.


Some also offer books and audiobooks!
Just bear in mind the full potential list of magazines is not necessarily available in every region. There are different levels to which libraries (trusts) can subscribe - confirmed to me by our local trust a few years back - so presumably chosen according to budget and popularity.

In Fife our selection has changed slightly each spring; we usually get about 100 from the list. They've recently re-included New Scientist which had previously been dropped, along with the BBC Music magazine. I seem to remember the Economist being available at one point but certainly not now. Or perhaps that was in Lothian rather than Fife :-).

Top Gear and National Geographic seem to be constants each year, along with Good Food & its veggie version. The other stalwarts permanently on our list seem to be Bella, Chat, Now, Hello and others in that vein.

Would love to see an extension of this into newspapers, even if as a premium service, as a budget way into the paywall.
East Sussex you get what's on tv radio times cycling weekly computer active
In my area the Economist is listed, but is always "sold out" virtually immediately, so it seems that in some cases there is a limited quota of each edition available.
penfoldstuart

East Sussex you get what's on tv radio times cycling weekly computer … East Sussex you get what's on tv radio times cycling weekly computer active


If you understood punctuation that may make sense?
Nice one. Thanks ☺️
@mikepaterson: I recently moved to Essex but im still registered in Westminster library and the selection of magazines is quite limited. Would you mind providing a list of magazines shared by Essex library?
Dinth

@mikepaterson: I recently moved to Essex but im still registered in … @mikepaterson: I recently moved to Essex but im still registered in Westminster library and the selection of magazines is quite limited. Would you mind providing a list of magazines shared by Essex library?


After some editing and spreadsheet work, here is the lost of ,magazines available free in Essex:
25 Beautiful Homes
All About History
Amateur Gardening
Aperture
AppleMagazine
Architectural Record
Artists & Illustrators
ARTnews
Astronomy
Auto Express
Autocar
Aviation Classics
BBC Easycook
BBC Good Food Magazine
BBC History Magazine
BBC Music
BBC Top Gear Magazine
BBC Wildlife Magazine
Billboard Magazine
Britain
Cardmaking& Papercraft
CCO Magazine
Classics Monthly
Computer Music
Computer Shopper
Cosmopolitan UK
Country Homes& Interiors
Country Life
Country Living UK
Countryfile Magazine
Creating an Organic Garden
Cross Stitch Collection
Cross Stitch Crazy
CrossStitcher
Cruise International
Cycling Active
Cyclist
Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Decanter-New Zealand 2011
Digital Camera World
Digital Photographer
Digital SLR Photography
Drew League
Edge
Elle
ELLE DECOR
Elle UK
Esquire UK
Essentials Magazine
Evo
F1 Racing UK
Focus
Food Network Magazine
Forbes
Fortean Times
FourFourTwo UK
Future Music
Gamesmaster
Gardeners' World
Golf Monthly
Good Housekeeping UK
Goodtoknow Recipes
GT (Gay Times)
Guitarist
Health& Fitness
HELLO! magazine
Heritage Railway
Homes& Antiques
Homes& Gardens
Horse& Hound
House Beautiful UK
Ideal Home
ImagineFX
Interweave Knits
iPad& iPhone User
Kitchen Garden
Knitter's Magazine
Linux Format
Love Patchwork& Quilting
MacFormat
MacUser
Macworld
Macworld UK
Marie Claire - UK
Martha Stewart Living
Men's Fitness
Men's Fitness UK
Men's Health
Men's Health UK
Men's Journal
Micro Mart
Modern Patchwork
Motorcycle Sport& Leisure
Mountain Bike Rider
National Geographic Interactive
National Geographic Traveler Interactive
net
New Scientist
New Scientist International Edition
Newsweek
Now
O, The Oprah Magazine
Official PlayStation Magazine - UK Edition
OK! Magazine
Olive Magazine
PaperCraft Inspirations
PC Advisor
PC Format
PC Gamer
PC Pro
PCWorld
Popular Science
Practical Boat Owner
Practical Caravan
Practical Motorhome
Prima Baby
Prima UK
RasPi Magazine
Rolling Stone
Rugby World
Runner's World
Runner's World UK
Save Our Seas
Scootering
SFX
Simply Crochet
Sky at Night
Style At Home
Teen Now
The Economist
The Economist - UK edition
The Independent Guide to Minecraft
The Knitter
The Railway Magazine
The Red Bulletin US
The Week
The Writer
Total Film
Total Guitar
Tulsa Book Review
Turn Your Hobby in to a Business
TV Times
TV&Satellite Week
Ukulele For Beginners
Us Weekly
Vegetarian Today
Viz
Webuser
Weight Watchers
What Car?
What's on TV
Who Do You Think You Are?
Woman
Woman& Home
Woman& Home Feel Good Food
Woman& Home Feel Good You
Woman's Own
Women's Fitness Magazine
Women's Health UK
World Soccer
Yachting Monthly
Yachting World
Yoga for Fitness
Yoga Journal
You and Your Wedding
Your Family History
Your Family Tree Presents Discover your ancestor's occupation
Your Family Tree Presents: Get Started in Family History
Your Family Tree presents: Get started in Military family history
Yours Magazine
can somebody please give me a guide on how i find out what Libraries in my area are in this. can somebody please help, im from Mansfield.. thank you
Link to Sheffield here https://www.rbdigital.com/sheffield/service/zinio.

Thanks OP, didn't know this!
Thanks, just got everything setup there's a surprising amount of good magazines. I wish the zinio for libraries app was better though… I was hoping to read during commute to work, but looks like desktop will be a better option.
lavafire

Thanks, just got everything setup there's a surprising amount of good … Thanks, just got everything setup there's a surprising amount of good magazines. I wish the zinio for libraries app was better though… I was hoping to read during commute to work, but looks like desktop will be a better option.


On my iPad it works fine, I can download any of the magazines to it and watch at any point at all.. what is the problem you are having?
Edited by: "mikepaterson" 20th May 2017
I used to get Playstation Magazine through Hertfordshire libraries, which was great considering its £6 for a physical copy. Sadly they have removed it from their list now, but it is still a great service if there is a title for you.
It's all done through RBDigital...
Here's Brighton

I guess just change to your own city in the URL?

Going through this link takes you to the main page so magazines on the left and comics on the right
Found out the additional stuff through the post about this last year... only reason I joined the library!
Aww Nuts - you cant get it any more !
haidfitch

It's all done through RBDigital...Here's BrightonI guess just change to … It's all done through RBDigital...Here's BrightonI guess just change to your own city in the URL?Going through this link takes you to the main page so magazines on the left and comics on the right :)Found out the additional stuff through the post about this last year... only reason I joined the library!


Thanks, I have added Brighton to the list in the main post.
SteveEdson

Link to Sheffield here … Link to Sheffield here https://www.rbdigital.com/sheffield/service/zinio.Thanks OP, didn't know this!


Thanks. I have added the link to the original post
Never thought to post this - it's also available in Northern Ireland... They also include the official Xbox magazine in their collection along with audio books, comics and ebooks...
brilliant! Thx OP
teerex

Thanks. Is there a link that gives all participating libraries


Unfortunately not, but I have added lots of links in the original post. Please let me know if when you check your local library they offer the service and I will add the link.
There is now a new rbdigital app that is much better - it lets you browse the magazines within the app and download them for reading. Link for Android AppLink for iOS App
Wish there wwas for ebook readers hate reading on led screens
not sure that magazines would work well on e-ink displays
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