New ALA Digital Discoveries supplement captures state of U.S. e-libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has just introduced a new supplement to its American Libraries magazine, entitled “Digital Discoveries.” This is designed, according to Alan S. Inouye, guest editor of the digital supplement and director of the American Library Association’s [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 6: Short story binging

By libertyc
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * Happy July, everyone! June was an exceptionally busy month for me, and I found myself doing a lot of reading in bits and pieces. It just seemed more [...]

Zinio partnering with Nokia for exclusive app, and $50 worth of free magazines

By libertyc
May 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

This one’s pretty specific. If you have a Nokia Lumia Windows 8 phone and are a user of Zinio, you can get $50 worth of free magazines. All this is in celebration of Zinio partnering with Nokia to release an exclusive app for the Nokia Lumia phone. By exclusive, they mean that the Lumia is [...]

Cord Cutters, Digital Mooches and the Content Conundrum of the Future

By libertyc
March 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

Dan linked to a great article in today’s Morning Links roundup about ‘digital mooches,’ aka the 20-somethings who may be leaving Mom and Dad’s house in the coming years, yet seem to have no plans to leave their parents’ cell phone contracts or Netflix subscriptions. I [...]

Why We Need a Subscription Model for E-Books

By libertyc
January 24, 2013 // 6 Comments

Brett Sandusky at Digital Book World has an interesting write-up on digital subscriptions. He ruminates on the pros and cons of two different models: the ‘modular’ subscription, where customers subscribe to one thing at a time, as they wish, versus the bundle model, where customers pay [...]

Morning Links — Tumblr becoming an online lit destination

By libertyc
January 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tumbler Now Nurturing Authors (Media Shift) eBook Sales Data, the Truth is Out There (Futurebook) Zinio Laucnes ‘Z-Pass’ Subscription Program (Good E-Reader) Courts Adopt Aggressive Approach in Cross-Border Internet Jurisdiction Cases (Michael Geist) Kindle Daily Deal: The Devil Colony [...]

The Hospital: Where paper—not tech—still rules

By libertyc
November 6, 2012 // 6 Comments

My mother is home at last after a week in the hospital recovering from major surgery. I’m glad she’s at last on the mend, but I was struck by how tech-free her whole recovery experience has been so far. From the time she checked into the hospital a week and a bit ago until I visited her [...]

Zinio to automatically renew all your subscriptions from now on

By libertyc
August 17, 2012 // 28 Comments

I received an email today about some important changes in the terms of service for Zinio magazine subscribers. On the benign level, you can now enable your iPad to automatically download issues for you. But on the more major level, Zinio has “enabled” continuous service for “most [...]

E-magazine service Zinio reportedly seeks buyer

By libertyc
June 25, 2012 // 4 Comments

And speaking of e-magazines, CNN’s Fortune Magazine has broken the story that Zinio, the original e-newsstand app, is now seeking a buyer, to the tune of $50 to $100 million. CNN calls Zinio a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s Newsstand apps, but Zinio has been around since long [...]

Recorded Books and Zinio Debuting Digital Magazine Newsstand for U.S. Libraries

By Paul Biba
May 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

From The Digital Shift: Libraries across the U.S. are this week launching a digital magazine newsstand being offered by Recorded Books (RB) and Zinio. The service allows libraries to build their own magazine collection from a portfolio of about 4000 digital titles that RB and Zino are offering. [...]

Zinio now in Amazon app store; works on Kindle Fire

By libertyc
November 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Zinio, the world’s largest and most popular magazine marketplace, is now available on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Debuting #1 in free magazines in the Amazon Appstore, Zinio is now available on more tablet devices than any other newsstand or magazine reader, including on the [...]

Hurricane Irene knocks down paywalls

By libertyc
August 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

As Hurricane Irene approaches the upper east coast, property damage is of course a key concern—but Hurricane Irene is also, at least temporarily, knocking down some virtual walls—paywalls. Laura Hazard Owen reports on PaidContent that the New York Times and Newsday.com are both making hurricane [...]

Zinio releases iPad magazine viewer version 2.0

By libertyc
July 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

Version 2.0 of the iPad magazine app Zinio was released yesterday, Engadget reports. (Video overview embedded below the cut.) The app includes in-app purchasing of magazines (presumably forking over 30% to Apple) and adds some new content preview options including free articles from a number of [...]

Zinio and Recorded Books bring digital magazines to libraries

By libertyc
June 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

From Ebook Magazine: Library users in the UK will soon be able to enjoy digital versions of their favourite magazines thanks to a partnership between audiobook distributer Recorded Books and digital mag retailer Zinio. The two companies will make available a ‘Zinio for Libraries’ service which [...]

Zinio arrives on Android tablets (3.0 and higher)

By libertyc
June 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

z From the MediaIDEAS’ Blog: Zinio has announced the release of its new magazine newsstand app for Android tablets running 3.0 Honeycomb or higher. With it, comes access to over 20,000 magazines covering a variety of topics. Zinio’s app will sync a user’s magazine collection over multiple [...]

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