Free magazines through Zinio with your Appleton Public Library Card

Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Zinio provides access to downloadable magazines which can be read on your favorite devices.  You can choose from 100 popular magazines and subscribe for free using your Appleton Public Library card. 

On the web site, click the Zinio logo on the right hand side, below the picture of the Infosoup library card.  Each time you choose free magazine subscriptions you must enter through the Recorded Books Gateway.  The Gateway also provides access to IndieFlix to stream thousands of independent films for free, if you create a free IndieFlix account. 



If you currently have an IndieFlix account you can use the account information to log into the Gateway (2).  If not, you should create an account (1).  You can find out more by exploring the Gateway (3).

create new account

You will enter your library card number with no spaces; then click "next".  Follow the instructions to create your account.  Once you have logged into your Gateway account, click Zinio and create a Zinio account.  The Zinio account allows you to open your magazines in the Zinio app.

Log in to the Gateway

Log in to the Zinio Gateway.  Here you will choose your free magazine subscriptions.

Choose magazines

Many devices will allow you to download the free Zinio app from their app store.  The app allows you to download magazines to your tablet or other device.  While you need to choose your magazines in the Appleton Public Library Gateway, once you have subscribed to a magazine you can open the Zinio app or go to the site and log in to read the issues.  If you download them on your device they will be available even when you are not connected to the internet. 

There are 100 popular magazine titles available for download:

Magazine titles

Be sure to download each issue by clicking on the down arrow on the magazine cover when it becomes available.  Once the next issue comes, if you haven't downloaded the first one it will become unavailable.  After you read an issue you may choose "edit" to remove that issue.  You may still "restore" the issue if you wish to read it again later. 


You may also purchase other titles that the library does not provide.  You can do so at by adding a private account to pay with a credit card.  This is separate from your library Zinio account, though you can read both of them in the Zinio app.


Now you can forget that slippery stack of expensive paper magazines and sign up for free magazine subscriptions through the Appleton Public Library!

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