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Kitsap Regional Library now offering digital magazines
Kitsap Regional Library patrons now have unlimited access to more than 100 digital magazine titles, cover to cover with no waiting, said Jeff Brody, KRL’s director of community relations.
Popular titles such as Newsweek, Consumer Reports, National Geographic, and Popular Photography, are being provided through KRL’s subscription to Zinio, available through one of KRL’s vendors. Kitsap County library card holders can pick up issues of their favorite magazines at the KRL Digital Magazine Website each month and view them on their computers, tablets or phones.
Digital magazines are best enjoyed on LCD devices that are designed to view full color images like Kindle Fires, iPads, Android tablets, laptops or desktop computers, Brody said. Basic Kindles, Nooks, Kobos and other devices with gray scale (e-Ink) screens are not optimized for this type of content.
If patrons want to browse magazines on their computer they do not require any additional software. They can use any internet browser like Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox.
If patrons want to read magazines offline they will want to download free applications available online for Apple devices, Droid devices, Kindles and Blackberrys. There are links to find these APPs on the KRL Digital Magazine Website.
KRL’s Zinio subscription allows as many patrons as desire to see the same magazine at the same time. There’s no waiting for a copy to become available. The copy of the magazine remains on a patron’s device for as long as it is needed. And patrons can sign up to be notified by e-mail any time a new issue of a magazine they are “subscribed” to becomes available.
Sharon Grant, KRL’s Digital Branch Manager, said she is excited to be able to add this service to the library system’s digital collection. Patrons can access the downloadable magazine collection at http://rbdg.envionsoftware.com/krlwa/zinio.