Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided courtesy of your library.
Find libraries near you that offer Flipster, then explore, download, and read
magazines any time on your Apple devices. If you find that your library does
not offer Flipster, encourage them to sign up today....
No app for Mac OS
Downloaded this iOS app for my iPhone and iPad but a search on my iMac apps and could not locate one. I really like reading my magazines on a 27 inch screen. Please make it available
New version works perfectly!!
In latest version it finally works perfectly for my iPhone, and it is an incredible resource for reading magazines through my libraries. I am impressed by the ease and speed with which I just downloaded my five favorite magazines through the app.
Table of Contents
Would love to see an issue’s table of contents without having to download the entire issue first.
Does work, but not as instructed
For all the people who clicked the "Open in App" icon and got nothing - yes, I had the same issue. Here's how I got the app to work: Select the magazine, click on the 3 horizontal bars on the left to open the menu, then select Open in App. A pop up will ask if you want to open in Flipster, select Open and the title will download. Selection is based on what your library has to offer, and it doesn't seem to store your library card so you'll have to enter that number over and over again as far as I can tell. Yes, it's a little clunky and needs some work, but I think it's a decent app that will hopefully get better.
My girlfriend and I both use this app through the same library and she has a much larger assortment of magazines, specifically the ones I downloaded the app to read.
The app is horribly designed, it lack many common features and look aesthetically unpleasant. It is also slow.
Went thru all the trouble to setup account and checkout a magazine and it’s just a blank screen. Wondering now if my info has been stolen
Keeps saying the login info is incorrect
The app keeps saying the login info is incorrect with no options to enter the login info. Junk!
Hi I can’t sign in
The log in page is landing on an error page. Not being able to sign in.
Limited in scope
Very disappointing. Not much in variety. I don’t know who is selecting the magazine but they need to widen their scope.
Great for reading magazines - needs text mode improvements
I’m able to add my library account, conveniently browse and download available issues, read them using the graphical layout or the text-based reader mode. For that functionality alone, this is one of my favorite apps on my phone - this is how reading is supposed to be - immersive, with purpose and thought, and in depth rather than skimming headlines. That’s what I’m able to do effortlessly, because this app enables me to read articles from The Atlantic, or the New Yorker, or whatever magazine I’ve downloaded - and it presents the content beautifully just as the magazine laid it out and there are no flashing ads vying for my attention. Thank you for a wonderful app! What’s needs improvement: 1. The text-based reader mode: currently it only shows text in Arial (or something similar) - font size, font family, background, brightness - none of this can be customized. It’s really critical to improve this. When reading full articles, font readability matters a lot! Fonts with a serif are so much more readable at small screen sizes (or if people feel differently, let them choose their font). Background and brightness can make such a big difference when it comes to eye strain. Adding some configurable options here will turn a good app into a great one! 2. Font scaling and image scaling in graphical view. When zooming in to some pages, the text and images can get blurry quite quickly. I have seen magazine reader apps that do a great job of zooming, and it would be great to get the same experience here. If you have to pick one thing to work on though, I suggest the text reader improvements are a much higher priority. I do hope you’ll consider my feedback and I promise those 4-stars will turn into 5 as soon as we get some font configuration options. Thank you for a very nice app in the meantime.
Update: back to 5 stars thanks to devs bringing back full screen mode. Would be better without the icon to exit full screen being constantly on screen, devs can you find a solution without the icon always there? Update: changing from 5 stars to 3 after they removed full screen mode. Please get rid of those top and bottom panels and let me just read magazine full screen without visual distractions. I don't understand all the negative reviews. I saw a magazine via my library website and was able to view it in web browser. From there I saw option to view it in this app and it opened it perfectly. On iPad I was viewing two pages at a time in landscape orientation. I tried rotating screen to portrait and saw full screen one page of magazine. Looks fantastic.
Great update! Finding your library, signing in, searching and selecting magazines all now take place in the app. No more going to your library's website to login and search. That is so much more convenient. The interface is clean and easy to use, the image quality is very good, and the app runs well on my old 3rd gen iPad. This is still a service that your library has to subscribe to, but it's a great app if your library does subscribe to it. One note: if you don't have a lot of free space, delete magazines when you are done reading them. They download to your device and can take up a fair amount of space.
A little perspective
This app is working for me as far as stability goes and while I agree with the many suggestions for improvement offered by other people's reviews, let's acknowledge what this app actually does: provides free access to current-issue, excellent magazines that otherwise cost good money. My library (Brooklyn NY) offers nearly 120 titles. This is a gift. I now get to flip through magazines like Popular Science and Photography that I've been interested in but not enough to actually subscribe (as I already have too many paper subscriptions). Of all the terrible uses of our tax dollars, this is not one of them.
Every time it decides I need to log back, it’s horribly frustrating trying to log in. It repeatedly tells me that my login has to be reauthorized, and once I do log in to my library (through the browser) and try to connect back to the app (with the open in app option), it still tells me my info is wrong or needs to be authorized. Previously I have been able to find the right sequence of steps to log in but today none of those steps are working. For that month or two that it holds my login, the app does work so I’ll give it two stars for that. Docking it 3 because it’s incredibly horrible to log in to. I wish my library would go to RBdigital or the old Overdrive Nook
Yes. Flipster – Digital Magazines is very safe to use. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 67 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 2.9/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for Flipster – Digital Magazines Is 64.8/100.
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