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Hitting the books digitally at the library
The world's largest newsstand isn't just at the front entrance of the grocery store, it's available right at your fingertips.
As the digital age continues to expand News 5's Dara Newson shows us how local libraries are working to keep up.
The 21st century digital sensation started with downloadable music, then online newspapers to e-books, now e-magazines.
"Zinio is a new e-magazine subscription that we have here at the library," said Celine Swan, Youth Services Librarian.
And it's free of charge. Library patrons simply use a library card to sign up for an account and pick out a magazine.
"Zinio is available for PC's, works on the kindle fire, and different android phones," Swan said.
The Grand Island Library is offering the service through a new Central Nebraska library partnership with Hastings, Kearney, and Holdrege libraries.
"You get these beautiful magazines and you get all the ads and everything and you can even do it on your Iphone," Swan said.
Libraries are changing everyday across the nation. There could come a day where most libraries will completely go digital, no magazines, no books.
The library's free Zinio digital magazine service launched two weeks ago.
"It's just seems a lot simpler since I always carry my Iphone or Ipad," said Arnold Feria.
"I think that libraries are finding different ways to serve people's needs," Swan said.
From Seventeen magazine to Food Network, 120 current issues are available immediately, no wait list or checkout period is necessary.
"Some people would never read and now we have people that are into laptops and Ipads and reading in a different way," Swan said.
A link to Zinio can be found in the center of the library's website at GILibrary.org.
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