Free digital copies of magazines every month from your library
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Free digital copies of magazines every month from your library

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Found 23rd Sep 2013
Couldn't see this on the site anywhere so thought I would share.

My local library now does free e-books, free electronically delivered audio books and free magazines so I had a look at the services they offer - wow! Impressive selection of magazines each month on a variety of subjects, e.g. computers, photography, health and fitness, travel, outdoors, sports, science, house and home, food, cars, music, gaming etc. I think the actual selection varies according to what your local council has bought the licences for?

Amazing selection for me - given that a 'cheap' magazine is over £3 now this is an absolute steal. Works a treat on our iPad, Android tablet and on computer.

All you need is a library card number and an associated pin number to login to Zinio - I got the pin number just by dropping into my library and asking for one.

I did a quick search and made a list of some of the libraries that are participating but there will be more than this - just search or ask at your local library

No catch - all completely free to library users. You have to go and download the next copy each month though - couldn't spot an automatic function to do this. What do you want for free?!?

Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
Bracknell Forest
Bradford rbdigital.com/Bra…ing?
Brent
Bristol rbdigital.com/bri…ing?
Buckinghamshire
Coventry
Dudley
East Dunbartonshire
Edinburgh yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/lib…2go
Essex
Flintshire
Glasgow
Hartlepool
Havering
Hertfordshire
Hounslow
Merthyr Tydfil
Midlothian
Neath Port Talbot
North Ayrshire
North East Lincolnshire
North Tyneside
North Yorkshire
Nottinghamshire
Perth and Kinross pkc.gov.uk/exp…ore
Portsmouth portsmouth.gov.uk/lea…tml
Rotherham
Scottish Borders
Solihull
Somerset area librarieswest.org.uk/
South Ayrshire
Staffordshire staffordshire.gov.uk/lei…spx
Stirling stirling.gov.uk/ser…ces
Stoke on Trent
Surrey www1.surreycc.gov.uk/lib…ce/
Sutton
Warwickshire
West Berkshire
West Lothian
Westminster westminster.gov.uk/ser…es/
Worcestershire

Also recommend you check out the audio books - stick on your phone or mp3 player and while away a long drive or commute!

And don't forget the ebooks!

PS from Fitraat's post on p.3:
Also, for the trial service no library card is needed and is accessible here:
rbdigital.com/rbd…ing

Hertfordshire : rbdigital.com/her…ing?
- DuffRulez

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step-by-step how do you setup access?

That's brilliant. How do you connect to your library , I'm in Barking and Dagenham.

Try a search on your local council and library. This is what I got for Perth & Kinross:-
pkc.gov.uk/exp…ore

Original Poster

The setup instructions were on the library website for my library - but basically all you need is to go to the Zinio site (armed with your library card number and associated pin. Then login with those details and you get the selection of magazines that your library subscribes to - choose the one you want, then when you open the reading app on iPad for example, you just touch the picture of the magazine and it downloads it for you

susieqt

audio books - stick on your phone or mp3 player and while away a long … audio books - stick on your phone or mp3 player and while away a long drive or commute!


Is this legal? I always thought it would have to be played through a compatible car stereo.

Where do I need to go on zinio site, I am going on my account but cannot see anything about library card number and pin there.

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zaphodbb

Is this legal? I always thought it would have to be played through a … Is this legal? I always thought it would have to be played through a compatible car stereo.



yes that's what I meant- hook your player up in car

Edited by: "susieqt" 23rd Sep 2013

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kevessex

Where do I need to go on zinio site, I am going on my account but cannot … Where do I need to go on zinio site, I am going on my account but cannot see anything about library card number and pin there.



Go to your local library site and start there - it will have instructions e.g. here's Bradford library site instructions

A big thank you, my library appears not zinio. London libraries appear to be overdrive media console. downloaded the app , its brilliant. I just recently got the audiogo times deal posted on here to buy 5 audio books and really enjoyed David Attenborough memoirs. Now , I can borrow audio books freely from my library. thank you for posting.

looksgood thanksheat added

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kevessex

A big thank you, my library appears not zinio. London libraries appear to … A big thank you, my library appears not zinio. London libraries appear to be overdrive media console. downloaded the app , its brilliant. I just recently got the audiogo times deal posted on here to buy 5 audio books and really enjoyed David Attenborough memoirs. Now , I can borrow audio books freely from my library. thank you for posting.



My library, Stirling, was Overdrive for audio books, Zinio for magazines, and OneClickDigital for ebooks - so looks like it varies a bit

Suffolk libraries don't appear to have any magazines yet. They do e-books, audio books and music downloads.

Can't see any info about it on Devon Libraries - have emailed them to ask if they'll be doing it

Edinburgh has a good selection of stuff tbh, good find OP. heat added.

For anyone from Edinburgh wanting to have a look:
yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/lib…2go

Banned

This has been posted before but has been a few months so fair game for a repost, not available at my local library tho

susieqt

My library, Stirling, was Overdrive for audio books, Zinio for magazines, … My library, Stirling, was Overdrive for audio books, Zinio for magazines, and OneClickDigital for ebooks - so looks like it varies a bit




my is overdrive for ebooks and audio books not sure yet about magazines

Banned

This is awesome, thanks

Thanks..

good deal, still getting alot of vouchers from zinio, but wished i'm living close to one of these libraries though

Thankyou.

librarieswest.org.uk/ Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, and South Gloucestershire not linked but other options
Edited by: "neal" 24th Sep 2013

Is the PIN number your date of birth which you use as the password when renewing books online or a different number?

I have just been told by a member of library staff that you use your normal dob password which I have tried, it didn't work.

She wasn't that sure about the ereader service at all by the sound of it.

I know you can't use this service on a kindle but has anyone used it usin a Nook Simple?

I appear to have made it work with an Essex library card number if that helps anyone.

Moromir

I appear to have made it work with an Essex library card number if that … I appear to have made it work with an Essex library card number if that helps anyone.



Did you use your dob for the pin number?

This dosen't appear to be available for Fife Library Serivices :-(
Was looking forward to free read of Web User.
Can I register with other library regions that do use this service?

I stand corrected.
I simply changed the Bradford library link to the include "Fife" instead and hey presto I'm in and my library card number was accepted during setup :-)

i.e.
Bradford Library link is: rbdigital.com/Bradford/service/zinio/landing?
Changed "Bradford" to "Fife" like this rbdigital.com/Fife/service/zinio/landing?

Might be worth just doing this for your library region and it might surprise you.

Brilliant, thanks!
My PIN number is the last 4 digits of my home phone, if that helps anyone trying to figure out their own.

If I can help anyone with the Staffordshire Libraries services just drop me a message and I'll do what I can to help.
Staffordshire libraries have a random 4 digit PIN number assigned to you, so it can't be guessed easily, where as Stoke-on-Trent i know it's a version of your date of birth. Not sure about other library services but for Staffordshire you need a library card and PIN for access but you don't need to live in Staffordshire to join their library service

My local borough is not listed but know they do it as I've seen it advertised for several months now.

EDIT: Just checked and these are the mags available:





.Net

Amateur Photographer

Artists & Illustrator


Auto Express

Bloomsburg Business Week

Classic Rock


Cycling Plus

The Economist

Essentials


Forbes

Games Master

Golf Monthly


Health & Fitness

Ideal Home

MacUser


Marie Claire

PC Gamer

Rolling Stone


Teen Now

Total Film

Web User


Edited by: "mith" 24th Sep 2013

neal

http://www.librarieswest.org.uk/ Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, … http://www.librarieswest.org.uk/ Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, and South Gloucestershire not linked but other options


bristol
rbdigital.com/bri…ing?

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mith

My local borough is not listed but know they do it as I've seen it … My local borough is not listed but know they do it as I've seen it advertised for several months now.



Which borough and I'll add it to the list for you?

sb44

Did you use your dob for the pin number?



I don't think I was asked for a pin number

littlesheepy

If I can help anyone with the Staffordshire Libraries services just drop … If I can help anyone with the Staffordshire Libraries services just drop me a message and I'll do what I can to help. Staffordshire libraries have a random 4 digit PIN number assigned to you, so it can't be guessed easily, where as Stoke-on-Trent i know it's a version of your date of birth. Not sure about other library services but for Staffordshire you need a library card and PIN for access but you don't need to live in Staffordshire to join their library service



I need an eight digit number for the dob password for mine in the Stoke on Trent area for normal library services, do I just shorten it by leaving off the year to form the 4 digit number?

Ta.



I don't think I was asked for a pin number[/quote]
Moromir

I don't think I was asked for a pin number


Edited by: "sb44" 25th Sep 2013

Typical, Preston not included..

Wow this will save me loads of money. Thanks for sharing

Richmond-Upon-Thames is on the list in the OP but there's no reference to Zinio anywhere on the Richmond website. Does anyone know how to get access if you're a Richmond library member?

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itm2

Richmond-Upon-Thames is on the list in the OP but there's no reference to … Richmond-Upon-Thames is on the list in the OP but there's no reference to Zinio anywhere on the Richmond website. Does anyone know how to get access if you're a Richmond library member?



Looks like not all libraries offer the same range of services - I see that Richmond gets a whole library of free music (classical?) plus online instant access to books without having to download them. Stirling for instance, gets language learning courses for free online too.

You could try dropping Richmond an email and asking about magazines?
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