The OWHL currently has a trial of Flipster, a service that provides digital versions of popular printed periodicals. During the trial we have access to more than 160 magazines for recreational reading. We anticipate purchasing some of the titles when the trial ends, and we need your help in selecting those magazines of highest interest to the community. Stephanie Aude, one of our instructional librarians, wrote the following review of the product. At the end of her review, we will tell you how to vote for your favorite titles.
“It’s no secret that digitization has drastically changed magazine content and publisher investment in reporting. It’s likely that even our brightest young people will never have a personal magazine subscription delivered to their mailbox. An inbox maybe, but who under thirty wants to carry around a stack of newsprint? Despite this, we certainly don’t think intellectual self-identification through reading choices are a thing of the past. Remember that guy in college who loved to walk around with copies of Dissent sticking out of his backpack? He’s still around. Magazine holdouts still relish good long-form magazine writing topped off with a satisfying dollop of celebrity blather.
That $5 you dropped at Hudson News for an issue of Rolling Stone before boarding at Logan? That grocery store checkout copy of Consumer Reports you picked up to peruse the 2015 convertibles? Put your wallets away, fellow readers. The OWHL has a pre-holiday gift for you. Both of those titles and many more are available to you in full digital format through Flipster. This free iPad app allows OWHL users to access a selection of popular magazines in a very easy-to-use format. As part of our trial product evaluation, the OWHL has access to The New York Review of Books, Time, Town & Country, People, Sports Illustrated, Runners World and a whole lot more. The app is very easy to install and use and the OWHL librarians will gladly get you started if you need help.
The developer of Flipster is library content vendor EBSCO Information Services from Ipswich, MA. EBSCO is continuously adding titles as they are able to secure copyright permissions with individual magazine publishers. Currently Flipster only works on iPads and iPad Minis, however we understand that the EBSCO development team is working to add Android and Windows accessibility.”
Here is how to access the trial on your computer. Go to http://trial.ebscohost.com and enter the following:
User ID: noble Password: trial
You can also install the app on your iPad and try out your favorite titles that way. Once you have explored the product, help us curate the digital magazine collection for Phillips Academy! We’d like to know what titles you want to access on your mobile devices. Some classes require students to read The Week, a current events digest publication, which is currently accessible on Flipster. There is no longer any reason to have students subscribe individually. We know from casual observations of hard copy usage in the Freeman Room that The Atlantic and Men’s Health are popular leisure reads with our users. Take a look at the trial, consider your leisure and work reading, then tell us what you want. We’ll be collecting input from students as well.
Share your digital magazine title suggestions from the list of currently available titles by stopping by the Help Desk or emailing email@example.com.