NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Children with New Hanover County Public Library (NHCPL) cards can now go online to read Ranger Rick, Cricket, Boys’ Life, Ladybug, Click, and Ask! Arts and Sciences for Kids. These popular educational magazines for children are available electronically through a library subscription to Flipster™ from EBSCO Information Services.
Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows subscribers to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines. Magazines can be downloaded to iPads or iPad Minis via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere, and can be read in Internet browsers on other brands of computers and devices.
NHCPL’s subscription to Flipster starts January 1, 2015. In addition to the kids’ magazines listed above, New Hanover County Library cardholders can access Better Nutrition, Ebony, Entrepreneurs Start Ups, Essence, People, and iPhone Life.
Flipster offers an easy reading experience. Users can browse by category as well as perform specific searches, in both the most recent issues and back issues. Tables of contents link directly to the articles listed, and hotlinks within articles open in separate tabs when clicked. Readers can zoom in and out on pages as they navigate virtual magazine issues.
NHC Library began offering access to over 50 eMagazines in March 2014 through a subscription to a service called Zinio, Reference Supervisor Jimi Rider notes. He explains that a main reason for adding another subscription is that Flipster offers popular children’s magazine titles that are not available through Zinio. “It will be interesting to see which service our patrons prefer,” Rider said. “Competition is fierce in the digital content field, and the Library is looking for the broadest content and best user experience possible for our customers.”
Contact the Main Library Reference Desk at 910-798-6301 or visit www.nhclibrary.org and click on ‘eResources’ to learn more about accessing digital content through the Library’s subscription to Flipster and other companies. To learn more about Flipster, visit http://flipster.ebsco.com.
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