Electronic content delivery for libraries is experiencing a boom period due to the proliferation of e-readers and tablet computers. Right now in New Orleans is the American Library Association Conference 2011 and Zinio has brought some interesting news. It seems they have partnered with Recorded Books to allow digital magazines to be available to libraries in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.
Zinio’s partnership with Recorded Books will grant library visitors access to full digital issues of magazines through “Zinio for Libraries” with the use of their library card. Libraries will offer selected titles through a digital catalog.
There are lots of popular magazines available via the new system such as Consumer Reports, Car & Driver, Good Housekeeping, The Economist, ESPN Magazine and Esquire.
Zinio does have some experience with delivering digital content via its website for reading on PCs and laptops and via apps for the iPad and Android devices. The company also powers branded single-title iPad apps for magazine publishers. Their partnership with Recorded Content will firmly entrench the company into the public library system.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.