We have just renewed our RBdigital magazine subscriptions for 2018. We always use this time as an opportunity to review our collection and look at what new magazines are on offer. There’s always some cancellations too – either by us (due to performance), or by RBdigital as sometimes magazines are no longer available to renew (which is beyond our control).
This year you can expect to see five new magazines – UK House and Garden; Australian Men’s Fitness; Minecraft World, W magazine and New Zealand’s Metro magazine.
The titles that are no longer available are – Australian Rolling Stone; Australian Metro; Girlfriend; Horrible Histories, Vanity Fair and Renegade Collective.
All changes will kick off from March 1st, so expect to see the new magazines from then. All back issues of the cancelled magazines will still be available to read and download for a while after that date.
If you haven’t used RBdigital before then now is the time! They provide us with lots magazines that you can read for free and if you download them to your device you can keep them forever. You can find the RBdigital homepage in our elibrary or through our Mygateway pages. There’s a helpful userguide to get you started, all you’ll need is your library card. The RBdigital app is available to download for free from the Play or Apple stores and it allows you to read magazines offline. So check it out and if you need any help, pop in to your local library for assistance or fill out our technical support form to put you in touch with our elibrary team.
On Monday 11 December, the Zinio for Libraries app will stop providing access to our RBdigital magazines. From that date it will be locked to users. Previously the app was going to finish in October, but the date has been extended.
When you open it, the app will display this message:
“Zinio for Libraries has merged with RBdigital.
To access your magazine collection, please download the new RBdigital app now by clicking here [this will be a download link for either IOS or Android, depending on your device].
Note: Your username and password will remain the same.”
“The old Zinio for Libraries app will remain on your device until you delete it.”
From mid-July if you opened your existing Zinio for Libraries app you will have been prompted to download the new RBdigital app. Otherwise, you can visit your app store (Apple store or Google Play) and search for “RBdigital” in the store. All your login details will remain the same. The new RBdigital app will have all your previous checkouts available – read our earlier post for more information or check out the RBdigital app user guide.
This is the time of year when we renew our Zinio subscriptions. You may have noticed, some titles that were available in 2015 are no longer listed for 2016. This could be for one of two reasons: The publisher has chosen to remove their content OR, as part of this reviewing process we have assessed the usage of all of our titles and chosen to discontinue some subscriptions. This year we have also been faced with price increases for many titles. As a result we have had to discontinue a number of titles which showed low usage. However, back issues will still be available for discontinued titles.
On the positive side, some new titles are now available! You can find a full list of our newly added titles in our previous Zinio blog post.
We have added some new titles to our WCL Zinio eMagazine collection and they are available now, free to read with your library card. Back issues for one year are also available for these new titles!
Grazia UK edition
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
Marie Claire Fashion Shows
N-Photo: the Nikon magazine
Rolling Stone Australia
The Beer Connoisseur Magazine
When you are browsing Zinio you can locate any of these new titles by entering the name in the search box or choosing a genre. You can also find a full list of our Zinio titles here.
The following enhancements have also been added to the Zinio for Libraries apps. These should improve your Zinio experience even more!
• Direct links to check out new magazines from within the app (iOS & Android)
• Download preferences for automatically downloading checkouts or queuing up multiple magazines for batch downloading (iOS)
• Enhancements to storage management, including display of file size on devices (iOS)
• Instant reading available in an online reader for desktop & mobile
Plus, offline reading on iOS, Android and Kindle is now available! By logging in to the app using the same email and password used to check out magazines, magazines can be read offline (once downloaded).
If you haven’t explored Zinio yet – there’s more information about this collection on our MyGateway magazines page, together with advice on how to set yourself up on your desktop or mobile device. Enjoy!