Thursday, October 17, 2013

Zinio and DBRL

So you think that OverDrive is great for checking out books? Then you're going to be blown away with this little nugget. The Daniel Boone Regional Library has recently purchased over 100 magazine titles that you can download to your device. FOR FREE! Here's what you need to do.

First, get a library card. There are three easy ways to get a card. Visit DBRL's card page for more information. 

Then visit DBRL's magazine page. Click on the link to browse digital magazines. From there, click in the upper right corner to make an account. This is where you'll need to enter your library card number and create an account with your email address and new password. 

Once you are in, you can browse their extensive selection of current and relevant titles. No, it's not just limited to titles like "Midwest Basket Collecting". There are current editions of real magazines and some even offer back issues. Here's a quick look at some of the great stuff you'll have access to:

  • Newsweek
  • Men's Health
  • Car and Driver
  • Cosmo (personal favorite)
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • Field and Stream
  • US (my wife will love this)
  • Popular Science
  • Oprah (I can't believe I mentioned Oprah)
Just click "checkout now" on the ones you want to add to your account. But now you need to have a vehicle to read them. This is where the Zinio app comes into play. Download it on your device for free and create an account. Use the same email address you used to create your DBRL digital account. That's how they communicate. 

When you get signed in to Zinio, you'll see a "read" button on the bottom of the screen. When you select it, you'll see the titles you checked out from DBRL. Simply press the down arrow on the cover to download the magazine. Now, be careful about how much you download. The magazines will take up a good amount of space on your device. I downloaded the current version of Newsweek and Men's Health to check space. Those two took up 168 MB. So you'll likely need to manage your space by deleting issues when you are finished.

Seriously, it's free. If you are a high school teacher with student devices, you need to get your students to get their library cards to make accounts. If you teach elementary, you can download magazines to model skills with your students. One of the best reasons to have devices is the access to relevant resources for learning. Daniel Boone knocked it out of the park with this one. Now let's use it so it sticks around!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I played around on the deleting issues from Zinio last night. Because, well, I downloaded a lot of magazines and needed some space back. In order to delete you go to your account online at Login at the top right. Then on the tabs across the top click on "Your Library". Then on the right below the search box click on "Edit Your Reading List". You will see your current reading list with red an "x" in the middle. Click the red x to remove. No worries, you have not deleted it from your account, you have just removed it from your reading list. If you want to put it back on your reading list, then click on the down arrow of "View all titles" and select "View Removed". From here click on the plus sign on the title you want to add back to your reading list.