Flipster: A Digital Newsstand

Flipster being used on an iPad

We are happy to announce that our patrons can now access some of their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

Flipster Logo

SPL provides access to the following digital titles:

  • The New Yorker
  • ESPN Magazine
  • Food Network
  • Digital Photo
  • National Geographic
  • GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly)
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Mindful
  • OK!
  • O: the Oprah Magazine
  • Newsweek

Flipster offers an easy, browse-able reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. The table of contents contains links for quick access to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in Screenshot of Flipster access through catalogseparate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

With this service, you can read magazines online on your home computer or on any of the Library’s public computers by accessing Flipster through our catalog. If you are using a one of our free public computers, you don't need to sign in to use Flipster. Otherwise, you may be prompted to enter your library card number.

If your library card was issued at a Somerville Public Library location (your library card number Flipster app on Androidwill begin with 2115500), you can also download magazines to read offline with the Flipster app, available in iOS and Android. In the app, you will be able to see which issues are new to the app, track how long they have before the issues expire, and delete unwanted/expired issues from their app. If an issue is expired, but you wish to keep reading it, simply re-download the issue from the site. 

Remember you can always find Flipster through our list of databases or by searching the catalog.

If you would like more help or information about Flipster and how to use it, visit any SPL location or call 617-623-5000 ext. 2955. You might also find the Flipster User Guide and Tutorials to be of help.

Your friends will be so jealous of your new New Yorker subscription!

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