GREENVILLE — Dozens of magazines at your fingertips, wherever you go, and free of cost.
That’s what the Flat River Community Library is now offering its cardholders as part of membership with the library.
Launched at the beginning of February, the digital magazine program at the Greenville library gives users access to more than 40 magazines, including National Geographic, ESPN, Elle, US Weekly and Newsweek, online or through an app on any tablet or smart phone.
“I thought it would be a great way to serve a diverse population,” said Library Director Laura Powers. “I think staying on top of the trends is important, and continuing to evolve.”
The service is free to any person who holds a library card, according to Powers.
“All you need is a Flat River Community Library card in good standing,” she said.
Offered through a third-party company, Zinio, the digital magazine service includes unlimited checkouts, no due dates and allows the downloading of back issues as well as the newest released issue.
It can be accessed via any computer by logging in with a Flat River Library username and password or by downloading the Zinio app, offered on both iOS and Android operating systems and also on Kindle and Windows Phone 8.
The Friends of the Flat River Community Library funded the first year of an annual subscription to Zinio, the company the program is offered through. As part of the subscription, users can peruse any issue of the more than 40 magazines available without any due dates.
“You flip through it on your browser just like you’re flipping the pages,” Powers said. “Once you download it to your device, it’s yours to keep. And once you download it, you can access it without internet connection.”
And the available magazines cover a wide range of topics, from sports and business to home and celebrity news. Some of the digital magazines have interactive features such as videos.
“The goal is to kind of have something for everybody,” Powers said.
The program has seen success in it’s inaugural month, with more than 187 magazines checked out by library users.
“We’ve had great feedback from users who have been using the service,” Powers said.
For questions about the digital magazines or the Flat River Library, call the library at (616) 754-6359.