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CCPL adds free, downloadable magazines

Charleston County residents now can read or download free digital copies of more than 150 of the most popular magazines - if they have a Charleston County Public Library card.

CCPL is adding Zinio for Libraries to its array of downloadable services. With Zinio, residents can use their computers or mobile apps to read digital versions of magazines like Newsweek, Us Weekly, O The Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, National Geographic Interactive, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Weight Watchers, Popular Photography, Macworld, Motor Trend, Bloomberg Businessweek, House Beautiful and Popular Mechanics.

There is no limit on how many people can read and download the same magazine within CCPL’s Zinio collection, which means library customers can read and keep as many magazines as they’d like. There is no need to wait for someone else to return the item, to place a hold or to return the magazine.

Customers new to Zinio must complete a one-time set up to identify them as a CCPL cardholder. When signing up for the first time, users should select Create Account on CCPL’s Zinio login page, and enter their library card number. After that, users need to set up a Zinio account with an email address and password. This allows online streaming and offline reading of magazines. The service works on computers and mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Kindle Fire. Zinio also offers a mobile app.


A detailed breakdown of the registration process with screenshots of the necessary steps is available through Zinio’s online user guide.


While CCPL offers free access to a large selection of magazines, Zinio is a paid service that allows people to subscribe to digital magazines. Library users should make sure they use the library’s link to login. If a patron sees and selects a magazine not included in CCPL’s offerings, a screen will appear showing the subscription charge. 


Online access to magazines is CCPL’s latest offering of free downloadable, digital materials. The library also offers downloadable eBooks, audio books, music plus interactive storybooks and activities for children. For a full list, check the Downloadables link on the library’s homepage – www.ccpl.org.



  Examples of digital magazines available through CCPL: 

Art and Photography
Outdoor Photography

Transworld Motocross
Motor Trend
Road and Track

Current Events
Mother Jones

OK! Magazine
Us Weekly
Rolling Stone

 Health and Wellness
Eating Well
Yoga Journal

Hobbies and Crafts
Woodworker’s Journal
Family Handyman

Lifestyle and Travel
Harper’s Bazaar

Parenting and Kids
Scholastic Parent & Child
Parenting School Years

Science and Technology
Audubon Magazine

ESPN The Magazine
Soccer America
Sport Fishing