Here’s some great news for Get Online Week – you don’t need to pay for magazines like The Economist, TV Times and Cosmopolitan thanks to an innovative digital initiative.
That’s because Surrey County Council has launched a new way of downloading current issues of more than 70 magazines free of charge.
Using the library service’s new virtual newstand, readers can also check out other popular titles such as World Soccer, Total Film, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping and Elle at home or on the move.
Anyone with a library card can sign up and download as many issues as they want to a computer, tablet or smartphone and keep them indefinitely.
Recent past issues can also be downloaded and there is no limit on the number of titles that can be held on a device at once.
Surrey is believed to have one of the biggest council digital magazine collections in the country after doing a deal to provide free Zinio titles.
The move comes after the council introduced an app allowing people to reserve, renew or browse for items and launched a virtual version of one of its libraries that lets readers experience being in the branch from anywhere with an internet connection.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack said: “Whether you’re into sport, current affairs or just want a TV guide, now you can read your favourite magazine for free any time, any place.
“For a generation of young people growing up it’s second nature to read on a tablet or smartphone and now they and everyone else can make piles of magazines cluttering up shelves a thing of the past for free thanks to this inovative scheme.”
To see the available magazines follow this link and click on free e-magazines from Zinio on the left-hand side.
Get Online Week, which kicked off yesterday, encourages everyone in Britain to get digital.