Tablet + Library Card = Free Magazines – Anytime, Anywhere

If you’re as attached to your tablet device as I am, you’ve likely grown accustomed to reading digital content on screen, rather than books, magazines, and newspapers in print. Not that print isn’t still great – there will always be comfort and joy to be found in reading a print picture book to a child, or in starting the day by perusing the daily newspaper over coffee and cereal. But tablet devices, like the iPad, Kindle Fire, and a host of others, are changing the way we interact with media, and their convenience, portability, and multi-functionality have led many readers to choose digital books and other media over their traditional print counterparts. If you’re a reader of magazines, you’ve had the option to purchase digital subscriptions to your favorite titles via Apple’s Newsstand, the Amazon store, Google Play store, and other outlets. But regardless of which device you use and which outlet you access content from, “Purchase” has always been the key word in this transaction.


If you like magazines, like your tablet, and really like getting things for free, your local North Dakota public library is here to help! Thanks to funding from the North Dakota State Library, patrons of all public libraries in North Dakota have access to 100 digital magazine titles – all at no cost! – through a service called Zinio. With Zinio, you can check out the most current issue of your favorite magazine, complete and in full color. You can keep the issue as long as you want, and there’s no need to return it, as you would a regular library magazine or book. All you need is a tablet device or computer, an Internet connection, and a library card to get started.

Click here to access the North Dakota State Library’s Zinio collection. If you’re a first-time user, you’ll need to set up a couple of accounts to get started. We’ve developed step-by-step instructions for checking out and downloading free magazines from Zinio using the iPad, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire. You can access these via our Guides and Tutorials page. Zinio works a bit differently with each type of device, so make sure to follow the instructions for the type of tablet you’re using. Once you download a new issue to your tablet, you can keep it as long as you want, and can read it anytime, anywhere. You can also check out and read free magazines on your computer if you don’t have a tablet. Just follow the instructions on the Zinio Library Collection and Checkout guide.

Save money at the newsstand, save space in your bag or briefcase, and save your sanity from the clutter of print magazines piling up in the corners of your house. Stop by your local North Dakota public library to sign up for a library card if you don’t already have one, and check out the North Dakota digital magazine collection. Brand new (and totally free!) issues of Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, and much more await.


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