Free online magazine service offered by Kent Free Library

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The Kent Free Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books, offers Zinio for Libraries. Zinio, billed as "the world's largest newsstand," provides KFL patrons instant digital access to popular magazines.

Library Director Stacey Richardson noted that Zinio is an important addition to the library's current digital collections. "Our patrons have had access to e-books through the Ohio Digital Library and Axis360, and to free music downloads from Freegal," said Richardson, who added that the use of the library's ebooks has increased 65 percent in the last year. "Now patrons will also be able to access their favorite magazines digitally," Richardson said.

Through Zinio, digital magazines can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, and can be "flipped through" or searched easily.

According to Richardson, magazines will be available on their release date, and there will be no waiting lists. "Any number of patrons can look at a magazine at the same time," Richardson explained. "Also, the magazines download to the patron's computer or device, so there's no 'checkout period' to worry about and no late fees," she continued.

Currently 84 magazines are available, including Bicycling, Cosmo, Esquire, Men's Health, Rolling Stone, Us, and Women's Day, to name just a few.

Zinio is available through the library's website, www.kentfreelibrary.org, under "Collections." Librarians are glad to show patrons how to access the service. Stop by the Information Desk or call 330-673-4414 for assistance.

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