The service (provided by Zinio) has over 250 top magazine titles on almost every possible hobby or interest you might have, from cookery to nature, photography to music, rugby to computers, there is something for everyone. I am very excited about this service as it has yoga magazines!
Anyone who is a member of a Welsh public library service* can register with the Zinio service and then view and download the titles. There’s no limit on how many magazines you view or download, and some titles have back issues available. You also keep the title for ever. You can download them on a wide range of computer and mobile devices.
The Welsh service is available through a ‘white label’ site, so everyone has access to the same titles. For access to the service and to read more technical information about how it works and some FAQs see the new e-zines page on the Welsh Libraries portal.
The new service is being led as a consortium by Neath Port Talbot library service, who also lead on the free e-books consortium for Wales. Local authority library services are contributing towards the scheme and have also received a small grant from the Welsh Government CyMAL division as match funding to launch the service.
Librarians in schools, colleges and universities can point their users to the site and if people are not members of their public library they can join online. Librarians can also access the marketing material for the e-zines service within the staff toolkit on the Welsh Libraries portal and use the images for posters, banners, flyers etc. Let’s get reading!
*Unfortunately the scheme is currently not available in Gwynedd and Torfaen will be joining shortly.