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Digital Journal and Magazine Apps: Flipster FAQ

Flipster - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Flipster?
A. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine distribution service where users can access magazines from a variety of publishers via a web browser or a custom app, and download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere.

Q. Are back issues available?
A. Yes, back issues are available. To access back issues on your desktop or laptop computer, open the most recent issue of a magazine and select the All Issues menu item in the right column to see all available issues.

Q. Do I need a mobile app to view magazines on my mobile device?
A. No, using your mobile browser, you can access Flipster and read magazines from your mobile device with an Internet connection or 3G/4G connection.

Q. Is there a mobile app I can use with Flipster?
A. Currently, we offer mobile apps for iPad and iPad mini, Android devices, and Kindle Fire.

Q. I’m having trouble. Where can I find help?
A. Start by Asking a Librarian.

Q. What is the checkout/download period for magazines in Flipster?
A. There are no loan periods for magazines in Flipster. Select downloaded titles will expire and will need to be deleted from your device. These titles display an expired icon and appear grayed out when no longer available to read. Select weekly titles may expire in 2 days while select monthly or seasonal titles may expire in 7 days. Some publishers set a time limit for the time a downloaded issue is available offline. If an issue you downloaded has expired, you can always download the issue again.

Q. How do I delete an issue?
A. Tap on the trash can icon in the lower right corner of each magazine cover to delete it.

Q. Can I search within a magazine?
A. Yes, both the desktop and mobile versions of Flipster support keyword searching within a magazine. You can also search across all issues accessing the content gallery feature. There is no search feature on the mobile app.

Q. What is the Contents Gallery?
A. The Contents Gallery allows you to view the table of contents for all available issues of a magazine when using Flipster on your desktop or laptop computer.

To use the Contents Gallery:
Select All Issues from the viewer menu and click Contents Gallery from the resulting menu pane.
Click the View button. A new Contents Gallery window opens allowing you to page through the table of contents from all issues available.
Click on a feature or article to go directly to that page.
Note: The Contents Gallery is not accessible when using Flipster on a mobile device. However, the Mobile Viewer does offer the ability to view the Table of Contents and All Issues for the title being viewed.

Q. Can I print from a magazine?
A. Yes, printing is available when reading a magazine on a computer, but not from a mobile device or the iPad app. The print button is located toward the bottom of the right hand menu when viewing a magazine on a computer. The available print options are determined by the publisher. You may be able to print a single page, a range, or none at all.