Today we are heading to a hidden gem that you will enjoy if you love magazines and would like them FREE rather than paying for a subscription. The Greenlee County Library (www.greenleelibraries.org) and the State Library of Arizona offer a service to any of our patrons who has a laptop, a computer (which you probably have if you are reading this online article in the Greenlee Clarion), a smartphone or an e-reader.
ZINIO is a product that the State Library of Arizona pays for and you, as patrons of the Greenlee County Library System, can use it for FREE just by setting up the ZINIO app on your internet connected devices. There are over 220 popular magazines that you can access listed on the ZINIO service for you to browse, save, download, print and read. It is just like having the magazine delivered to you but you pay nothing.
All you need to have to access this service is a library card number from Duncan, Blue or Clifton. There is a “How to” section under Library Information Documents that will help you set up your device. If you have any questions, just check with your local library.
Magazines listed on the site are full issues though some of the magazines are back issues only because that magazine is no longer available to us. Many current magazines also allow you to download back issues.
Examples of magazines include 4 Wheel and Off Road, Alive, All Recipes, American Cowboy, American Patchwork and Quilting, Arizona Highways, Audubon, Babybug, Backpacker, BeadStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, Bicycling, Billboard, Birdwatching, Bloomberg Business Week, Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, Cooking with Paula Deen, Cosmopolitan, Country Gardens, Cowboys and Indians, Dell Horoscope, Diabetic Living, Digital Photo, Discover, Eating Well, Economist, Elle, Equus, ESPN, Esquire, Rachel Ray Every Day, Family Circle, Field and Stream, Food Network Magazine, Forbes, Games, Good Housekeeping, GQ, Grit, Guideposts, Highlights, Horse and Rider, International Tattoo, Kiplinger, Ladies Home Journal, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Mental Floss, Mother Earth News, Motor Trend, The Enquirer, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, O Magazine, OK Magazine, Parents, PC Magazine, Pets, Popular Mechanics, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Star, Taste of Home, True West, US, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Woodcraft, and The Week.
Some magazines also offer online links to videos and graphics that you do not have access when you receive the printed magazine in the mail. One example is National Geographic which not only has fantastic photography but many times has accompanying videos with the stories.
Just click the magazine you are interested in reading and you will be prompted to download the app and create an account. You will be asked for your library card number to verify that you are a Greenlee County patron to continue. If you have your card, enter your number. If you need your number, just call your library. Once you set up the app and login, you can download as many magazines as you like. You can also set up your account to let you know when the new issues come out each month. When you are done reading, you can delete the magazine or keep it as long as you like. You can also highlight and print articles or recipes from your device. Remember that if you need a tutorial, there are some in the Library Information section under Documents.
Hopefully you will try this service and let us know what you think. That ends today’s tour. See you next time!