Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Digital Magazines @ Your Library!

The perks of having an El Paso Public Library card just got better with the addition of free digital magazines!

Pros:
  • Free for everyone with an El Paso Public Library card! No late fees!
  • Current issues of popular magazines.
  • Keep issues forever! No need to return magazines & they won't disappear from your device. You have the choice of keeping or deleting issues.
  • No checkout limit.
  • Access magazines on more than one computer and/or device.
  • Available 24/7.
  • Print pages 
  • Hyperlinks within magazines work on computers and iOS devices.
Cons:
  • No back issues. Only the current month's issue is available.
  • No subscriptions. You have to log in and download every time a new issue comes out. 
  • You can't view the library's collection in the app. You have to log in to the RB Digital portal to check out the magazine, then you can launch the Zinio app to download and view the magazine issue.
  • Hyperlinks within magazines didn't work on Windows tablet.
Get started today! 
All you need is your library card, pin number and to create two free accounts (we recommend using the same email address & password for both). You should never enter your credit card information on either account since this is a free service provided by El Paso Public Library. 

This is your first stop where you will need to create a new account and enter your library card number. You'll be able to view magazines that the El Paso Public Library currently owns. This is also where you'll check out issues.

Once you select a magazine to check out, you'll be prompted to create a Zinio account if you don't already have one. You're ready to view the magazine on your computer.

Zinio App
If you're going to view magazines on your computer, you'll just need to log into the RB Digital link above. If you want to view magazines on a device you can download the app for these supported devices:
Android
Blackberry
iPhone & iPad
Kindle Fire
Windows

Visit this page on the El Paso Public Library's site for detailed instructions and video.

Check out this quick little screencast we created. You'll get an idea of how to access titles you've checked out and how magazines look when viewed on a PC. Warning: It might make you hungry ;)

video




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Friends Newsletter, September 2013

Check out the September issue of the Friends of the Westside Branches Newsletter! Inside, you'll find information about the membership drive, book budget, excess book donations, and more!

You can become a member for only $5 a year. Your membership helps fund programs and book purchases for the libraries, and you get a 10% discount at The Bookmark Used Bookstore (7348 Remcon)!