Free Digital Magazines For HPL Cardholders

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Hartford Public Library is launching a free digital magazine newsstand  through a partnership with Recorded Books and Zinio.

Registered cardholders can create personal magazine collections by choosing from 150 titles covering areas such as news, business, sports, crafts, cooking, fitness, lifestyle, automotive and photography.  Twenty titles are available in Spanish.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer patrons access to full issues of popular magazines that they can read wherever and whenever they like,” said Mary Billings, technical services director.

Customers can download and read magazines on a variety of devices: PC, Mac, iPad iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook. (Currently, Zinio is not available for Nook tablets.)

The magazines are read on the Zinio platform, which recreates a magazine page-for-page, including full-color pictures and interactive media elements such as audio and video.

Matt Poland, the Library’s chief executive officer, said, “The average cost of a magazine is $4.50 and a subscription about $22 annually.  With your library card, your favorite magazine is free. What’s better than that?”