News Dominant Among Library Magazine Readers

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News Dominant Among Library Magazine Readers

When it comes to magazines, District library users prefer news and information over celebrity updates.

In a review of magazines downloaded from the DC Public library "The Economist," "Consumer Reports," "Newsweek" and "National Geographic Interactive" were four of the five most popular magazines. Us Weekly was the only entertainment magazine in the top five.

The magazines were downloaded though Zinio, a digital magazine service added by the Library last month that allows people to read popular magazines on any digital device including Android, iPad, Windows 8 smartphones, tablets and computers. Since the service started being offered, over 5,000 magazines have been downloaded.

"The library wants people to be excited about reading," said chief librarian Ginnie Cooper. "Regardless of the title, making it easy for people to check out what they enjoy is one of the ways we help people fit reading into their day."

"DC Public Library is among the more forward-thinking public libraries in the country, said Matt Walker, president of Recorded Books/RB Digital, the supplier of Zinio.  "They continue to explore ways to support its customers with resources that offer both a learning experience and a source of entertainment as we move towards an ever-increasing digital world."  

Library card holders can select from over 150 popular titles. The magazines never expire and many issues include interactive elements like videos.

The Top 10 magazine downloads are:
1. The Economist
2. Consumer Reports
3. Us Weekly
4. National Geographic Interactive
5. Smithsonian Magazine
6. Women's Health
7. O, The Oprah Magazine
8. Cosmopolitan
9. National Geographic Traveler Interactive
10. Martha Stewart Living

Zinio Reader apps can be downloaded and synced with a Library card holder's account. For details and a step-by-step guide, visit DC To see the library's full offering of downloadable media, including free music and eBooks, visit the library's downloadables web page at