We’re switching digital magazine platforms on April 1st. Get the scoop on the move from Zinio to Flipster.
Zinio to Flipster: why the change?
We’ve offered digital magazines through Zinio since March 2014. Zinio is a commercial product that libraries have access to via Recorded Books. In the two years since we’ve been with Zinio, we’ve seen a decline in content available to customers. Several magazine titles, including the ever-popular US Weekly, are no longer available to libraries using Zinio. No surprise, this has translated into a decrease in usage of Zinio by our customers.
Flipster entered the market in early 2015. Flipster is a product designed for libraries by EBSCO. EBSCO is the company we purchase the majority of our print magazines from as well as some database products and reference materials. EBSCO has secured content from magazine publishers that Recorded Books has not been successful in getting for libraries using Zinio. Most notably, they have magazine titles including People Weekly, US Weekly, Time Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. EBSCO has a strong relationship with magazine publishers. We feel it’s time to move to a platform that gives our customers the content they want from a vendor who understands the magazine publishing business and respects the role libraries serve in bringing that content to customers.
When is this happening?
Flipster will be turned on for customers on Friday, April 1st. Zinio access will be turned off at midnight, March 31st. Digital Services staff will update our website to direct customers to Flipster. We’ll also be letting customers know about the change through Library News Update emails and social media.
How are we notifying our customers who use Zinio about the switch to Flipster?
We will be contacting them directly via email about the change and inviting them to try out Flipster. Because content on Flipster is exceptional, we anticipate this will be a positive experience for most customers.
Will we have the same magazines on Flipster?
Yes, we will have many of the same magazines along with titles we’ve never subscribed to in digital or print. There are a few titles that Flipster does not yet have. Notably, these include National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, and Martha Stewart Living. EBSCO is committed to growing the content platform for Flipster, so (fingers crossed), we will hopefully be able to get those titles on Flipster in the future.
We will be launching Flipster with 130 magazine titles.
Is Flipster easy to use?
Yes. Customers will login via the web or the Flipster app using their library card. They will not need to set-up an account with an email address or separate login. Customers will have access to Flipster 24/7/365. Customers can use Flipster here at the library or anywhere with an internet connection.
Customers can use Flipster through a web browser or through the Flipster app available at the iOS App Store or Google Play. Flipster works on computers, smartphones, and mobile devices.
Will we have Flipster in Polaris and Bibliocommons?
Yes, we will have records for all the magazine titles we subscribe to in Polaris and Bibliocommons. These records will include a link directing customers to the title at Flipster.
Sounds cool, where can I learn more?
Learn more about Flipster at: https://flipster.ebsco.com/
I have a question or comment about Flipster. Who can I ask?
We welcome your questions and comments about this. Please leave a comment on this post. Scarlett or Amber will get you an answer. You are also always welcome to send us an email.