Your Library’s Free Digital Magazines Are a Fantastic Alternative to Apple’s News

I know. I can’t recall the last time I set foot in a town library, either– no matter just how much I like that “stacks of books” odor. However if you don’t have a library card, you do not even know what your nearby regional public library is, or you are contemplating paying Apple $10 every month to read publications, you owe it to yourself to get notified.

While the procedure of registering for a library card may require you to spend a few minutes taking a trip to your closest town library, it’s worth it, due to the fact that there’s a chance you’ll have the ability to get a lot of the publications totally free that you ‘d otherwise read on an expensive aggregation service.

Prior to you sign up, search your library’s website for details about any publications it may offer as part of your free library subscription. For the libraries near me, that comes via a partnership with “ RBdigital,” but it’s possible your library might use a various service entirely.

( The New York City Town library utilizes PressReader and Flipster for papers and magazines, respectively. Over at the Chicago Public Library, you can utilize their gateway to access both RBdigital magazines and Flipster, in addition to Consumer Reports and ABI/INFORM– for trade publications.)

If you’re browsing for publications to read via your desktop or laptop computer web browser, you’ll likely need to bookmark your library’s portal page for digital publications. That is, your library most likely has an unique URL you might need to utilize, in addition to a login, to get access to the totally free publications.

Otherwise, if your library is working with a service to offer totally free publications, you’ll wish to bookmark the portal page that’s special to your library. For example, here’s the RBdigital page for the Los Angeles Town Library.

RBdigital is excellent, since you can set up an account with the service and link your public library card, which then enables you to simply utilize the RBdigital apps to check out publications whenever and wherever you want. Libraries that utilize other services, like Flipster, may need you to very first log into an online library portal by means of your internet browser, and then tap a link to open a magazine you want to view within a mobile app– a more troublesome process.

Though you might have to leap through a couple of hoops to access to complimentary material rather of the “it’s right there” style of a service like Apple’s News , you’ll be saving $10 for your difficulties. And if you only read magazines when brand-new issues come out, you may only require to go through the credentialing procedure a couple of times a month, if that.

More significantly, the publications your public library deals are most likely simply as excellent as what you ‘d find on News , though what you have access to is going to vary by library. (When in doubt, get a library card from your largest and most widely known public library.)

For instance, I went through all the magazines Apple touted in its news release, and here’s what I had the ability to check out via the San Jose Public Library’s RBdigital tie-in:

  • The Atlantic: no
  • Better Homes & Gardens: yes
  • Bon Appétit: yes
  • Condé Nast Traveler: yes
  • ELLE: yes
  • Home Entertainment Weekly: no
  • ESPN The Magazine: yes
  • Esquire: yes
  • Food & Red Wine: no

  • Great Housekeeping: yes
  • GQ: yes
  • Health: no
  • InStyle: no

  • Martha Stewart Living: yes
  • National Geographic: yes
  • New York Magazine: no
  • The New Yorker: yes
  • O, The Oprah Publication: yes
  • Moms And Dads: yes
  • People: no
  • Genuine Simple: no
  • Rolling Stone: yes
  • Runner’s World: yes
  • Sports Illustrated: no
  • TIME: no

  • Travel Leisure: no
  • Vanity Fair: yes
  • Style: yes
  • WIRED: yes
  • Female’s Day: yes

While that’s not an ideal rating on the library’s part, that’s still 19 out of 30 titles, or roughly two-thirds of the list. Your library might do better (or even worse), but it’s a healthy amount of reading product offer it costs you absolutely nothing to access– simply a little bit of your time.

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Angie Ronson

Angie Ronson is Editor-in-Chief at THRS. She covers the transformative impact of new technology on all sectors.

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