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County Library Releases New Magazine Service for Electronic Devices

The service works with Macs, PCs, Androids, iPhones, iPads and other tablet devices, but not Kindle or Nook.

Baltimore County Public Library debuted a new free service in late December that offers instant access to more than 100 magazine titles on electronic devices.

Interested patrons can sign up for Zinio through the library's website, according to a news release. The service is available 24 hours a day, and includes a range of selections such as National Geographic, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone.

The magazines are accessible to an unlimited number of people, which means no wait time.

"Unlike the physical copies you find in our branches, every BCPL customer who wants to look at these magazines can do it at the same time whenever they want," Jamie Watson, the library's collection development coordinator, said in the release.

Zinio is compatible with Macs, PCs, Androids, iPhones, iPads and other tablet devices, but not Kindle or Nook devices, according to library officials.

The library is also offering a new service for those interested in physical magazines. Patrons can now use BCPL's catalog to look up specific titles and see which library branches have those issues, and how many of each magazine is available before coming to the location.

The library unveiled a new e-book service called 3M Cloud Library in September 2012. This service now provides about 5,000 titles.

Rita Weber February 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM
really, why not Nook or Kindle
A Librarian February 11, 2013 at 03:23 PM
BCPL does not control which devices are compatible with Zinnio. Thats up to Zinnio and your device. Your best bet would be to contact Barnes and Noble and ask them to make the Nook Compatible with the free Zinnio app offered by the Library. My guess is that Zinnio, Nook or Amazon do not want to give things away for free!
Steve February 11, 2013 at 04:34 PM
It's pretty awesome. I just checked it out. This is going to save me a lot of $$ buying magazines in airports.
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