We’ve got a holiday treat in store for our patrons! Before the end of the year, they will be able to discover, browse, and checkout magazines and even some newspapers through OverDrive and the new Library Catalog. Here are a few of the new titles we’ll be offering:
To read borrowed periodicals, patrons will either need the free NOOK app installed on a compatible device (Android phone/tablet, Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Windows 8 computer/tablet), or a compatible NOOK tablet. As with the Zinio and Freegal apps, downloading to a Kindle Fire is possible, but not as straightforward as other devices. Those apps are not available through the Amazon App store. But don’t worry, we’re working on instructions to help you walk patrons with those devices through the process.
Here’s what else you need to know about OverDrive Periodicals:
- Only the current issue is available to download. This differs from Zinio, in which back issues are available. However, like Zinio, once an issue is downloaded patrons can keep it for as long as they like.
- Patrons can check out as many magazines as they would like. There are no loan limits for this format and they do not count against a patron’s checkout limit for other formats available in OverDrive.
- Some titles have a circulation cap for each issue. If an issue reaches its circulation cap there will be a message indicating it is no longer available. We do not anticipate that this will pose a problem in most cases, but please email Sarah Beasley if patrons ask or comment about current issues no longer being available.
- The OverDrive help pages offer additional information about using OverDrive periodicals. There’s a helpful introductory video and step-by-step instructions for downloading and using the Nook app.
We are also continuing our subscription to Zinio. However, there will be some changes in the titles that are available. We’ve added some great new content, including some titles especially for children (with two in Spanish!):
Some titles have been pulled from Zinio for Libraries by the publishers, we have canceled some subscriptions that were not popular, and we are shifting some titles from Zinio to OverDrive. In addition, the most popular titles will be found in both OverDrive and Zinio. For a complete list of 2016 titles in Zinio and OverDrive, including information about canceled titles and titles that are exclusive in each, visit our Digital Magazine Title List 2016.