Getting Started With Zinio

1. Install required software by selecting your device:

Desktop zinio-kindle android iPhone/iPad

2. Browse to and create an account on Mathews Library's Zinio website using your library card number.  This is the first of two accounts required to use Zinio.  You will select magazines to download on this website.

3. Browse to to create your personal Zinio account.  This is the second of the two required accounts.  You will manage your magazine downloads here.

4. Please read the Zinio User Guide for step-by-step instructions to get started with Zinio!

Zinio FAQs

What is Zinio?

Zinio is the world's largest online newsstand that offers thousands of online magazines. The Library of Virginia has purchased a subscription to Zinio through RBdigital to give you free access to over 50 popular digital magazines such as Newsweek, National Geographic, Woman's Day, and Car and Driver.

How can I read these magazines?

Go to New users will be prompted to create an account. Once you are logged in, you will see the titles that we subscribe to. Magazines can be read and downloaded on your PC, Mac, iPad/iPhone and Android device. For more detailed instructions, click here.

Can I be charged for reading a magazine in Zinio?

As long as you log into the Zinio page from our website, you will not be charged to read the magazines to which we subscribe. However, you do have the option of purchasing a subscription to magazines the library does not subscribe to via the Zinio site.

Why do I have to log in twice?

Zinio is a commercial site that has developed a partnership with libraries through Recorded Books to enable patrons to have free access to a limited number of titles in their collection. As a commercial entity, they want you to establish an account with them so that they know who is accessing their product and perhaps persuade you to purchase your own subscriptions to titles that are not offered to libraries. Your library login ensures that you are able to obtain free content that we provide. We recommend that you use the same login/password for both.

How long can I keep a magazine?

Forever, if you'd like. There is no loan period, but you do have the option of deleting them from your account.

Will I continue to get new issues of the magazines I've selected?

No, you will have to return to your library account and add it to your personal Zinio account. In your Zinio account settings, you can choose to receive e-mails when issues are available or opt out of e-mail notification.

What if I already have a Zinio account? Can I use it for my library account?


Can I email articles to my friends?

Yes, from a computer you can share articles (not the entire magazine) via email and even Facebook! Some magazines will allow you to print as well. These features are not available with the mobile app.

Why can't I view my magazine on my iPhone?

Some publishers do not allow certain magazine titles to be viewed with an iPhone.

About Zinio: Zinio is the world's largest newsstand and bookstore. With its many digital products and services, Zinio creates better ways for people to discover published content, get more of it and do more with it. Now, readers can purchase content once to be read on any screen. Zinio provides the ability to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in 23 local newsstands in any country in the world. Through the ZINIO UNITY™ reading platform, readers can move seamlessly within each publication page between text, interactive graphics, animated illustrations, videos and much more. Offering hundreds of thousands of the best digital titles, Zinio's e-stores and applications are revolutionizing reading. Founded in 2001 and privately held, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For more information, visit

About Recorded Books: Recorded Books is a leading provider of library services around the world, the largest independent producer of unabridged audiobooks, and a distributor of other audio products. Over 10,000 titles for adults, children and young adults are narrated by professional award-winning actors. RBdigital from Recorded Books offers digital database services for downloadable audiobooks as well as continuing education courses, software training, online foreign language courses, digital magazines, independent films, and much more. The OneClickdigital platform delivers electronic products to both libraries and their patrons. eAudiobooks from all the major publishers are available from OneClickdigital and a large collection of titles are simultaneous-access. An eBook program is planned to be launched in 2013. For more information, visit

Zinio Digital Magazines