Daniel Boone Regional Library to offer digital magazines

Thursday, August 22, 2013 | 7:31 p.m. CDT; updated 1:28 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA — About 100 digital magazine titles will be available through the Daniel Boone Regional Library beginning in October.

"We find that more and more people are checking out e-books and audiobooks from our digital branch," library spokeswoman Mitzi St. John said.


Here is a partial list of magazines, selected and categorized by the Daniel Boone Regional Library, that will be available for digital access in October:

 Arts and entertainment

  • Billboard
  • Rolling Stone


  • Car and Driver
  • Popular Mechanics

 Books and literature

  • Publishers Weekly

Business and finance

  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • The Economist
  • Forbes
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance


  • chickaDEE       


  • Every Day With Rachel Ray
  • Food Network Magazine

Home and garden

  • Dwell
  • House Beautiful
  • Family Handyman

 General interest

  • Reader's Digest
  • Smithsonian Magazine

Health and fitness

  • Runner's World
  • Shape
  • Weight Watchers


  • Mother Jones
  • Newsweek

 Women's interest

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Ladies' Home Journal
  • O, The Oprah Magazine


  • Seventeen


  • Field & Stream
  • Outdoor Life


  • ESPN The Magazine

Science and technology

  • Astronomy
  • Digital Photo  
  • PCWorld
  • Popular Science

Circulation of the library system's digital branch increased about 32 percent from 2012.

Because Daniel Boone Regional Library serves both Boone and Callaway counties, St. John said she thinks offering digital magazine subscriptions would enable those who live farther from county libraries to access those resources.

Doyne McKenzie and Seth Smith, library staff members, chose 100 magazines after reviewing more than 900. The selections were based on the usage statistics of the library's print magazines.

Smith, public services librarian, said the list of 100 magazines selected was "in flux and would be finalized in September.

A library user can access the digital magazines for free through smartphones, tablets or laptops. The magazines do not have a due date; they stay on handheld devices until users want to remove them.

"Another nice thing is that it is one subscription title but access for everyone, anywhere in our area," McKenzie said.

Access through the digital magazine service Zinio will cost $3,600, which will be financed with a donation from the Friends of the Columbia Public Library.

Readership will determine which digital magazines will be kept, dropped or added.

To access the collection, one must have a library card, which can be obtained in person at the library or online for people 18 and older. The magazines can be viewed by establishing a free account with Zinio through the library's website.

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