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Local libraries offering digital magazines

By Tandem Media Network • Jun 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Local libraries, including Norwalk, have a new offering: 50 digital magazine titles.

The magazines can be viewed on smartphones, tablets and computers and are a range of titles, including “Newsweek,” “PC World,” “Cosmopolitan” and even the “National Enquirer.”

The magazines are available in all libraries part of the CLEVNET library network. In this area, that includes public libraries in Bellevue, Berlin Heights, Huron, Milan and Norwalk.

The service, offered by the Overdrive digital library service, launched last week. Overdrive also offers ebooks and audiobooks that can be downloaded to smartphones.

The magazines can be checked out at clevnet.overdrive.com by entering library card information.

The magazine titles also are prominently displayed on Libby, Overdrive’s free app for smartphones and tablets.

Benjamin Reid, director of Huron Public Library, said he’s pleased his library can now offer the magazine titles, available for checkout anytime day or night.

“This is an excellent offering,” Reid said.

The new offering includes magazines in subjects that include home living, food, fitness, technology, cars and yoga. There are also gossip magazines such as “National Enquirer,” “Star” and “OK!” where readers last week could peruse headlines such as “Brad and Angie Custody War Explodes!” and “Harry’s Pre-Nup Secret Exposed: The $500 Million Fight!”

“We try to serve everybody at the library,” Reid said.

Sandusky Library actually has two services now that offer magazines. If you can’t find your favorite magazine in the Overdrive collection, you might be able to find it at Sandusky Library’s Flipster offering instead.

For example, sports fans can read “ESPN the Magazine” through Overdrive, but if they want “Sports Illustrated,” they’ll have check it out on Flipster.

To use Flipster on your smartphone, download the Flipster app and enter your library card number.

While there is some magazine title overlap between Overdrive and Flipster, each offers many titles that are unavailable at the other offering.

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