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Flipster Online Magazines

Flipster is a digital magazine service featuring a variety of titles for adults and children.  With Flipster, you use your library card to access current and back issues of popular titles, such as:  Consumer Reports, Muse, Real Simple, Backpacker, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Review of Books, and more!  Click on the Get Started with Flipster link below or click on the Flipster link in the “Online Resources” menu on the Library’s website to begin using this great resource. The Library subscribes to 51 different magazines.

Get Started with Flipster – Click Here

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Flipster Features

  • Flipster magazines are full-print, full-color duplicates of the print magazine (including ads).
  • Our collection includes current and some back issues of 51 popular titles. 
  • Access Flipster with your computer or on a mobile device.
  • Offline viewing is available
  • Titles are available 24/7
  • The titles never expire, so no overdue fines!

Questions? Look at the FAQ list below to see if the answers to your question are there.  You can also give us a call at the Library, 828-884-3151 and we’ll do our best to find an answer.   Flipster’s help link HERE is also very informative.

FAQs about Flipster

I have never used Flipster before.  What do I need to get started?

If you are outside of the Library, you will need your Transylvania County Library card number to authenticate access to Flipster.  Inside the Library, access is automatic. Once you have found a magazine to read, click on the cover to read the title in your browser.  You do not need to create a separate username and password to download Flipster titles.

How many magazines can be downloaded at one time?

You may download as many as you would like.

Are back issues available?

Yes.  To access back issues on your desktop or laptop, open the most recent issue of the magazine and click on “All Issues” from the right column menu. To access back issues on a mobile device, open the most recent issue of a magazine and click on “All Issues” from the menu in the top left corner.

Do I need a mobile app to view magazines on my mobile device?

No, using your mobile browser, you can access and read magazines from your mobile device with an internet connection or 3G/4G connection.

Is an app available?

Yes.  Visit the Flipster help link HERE, then click on the app you need from the left hand menu.  Note that you do not need to have the app to use Flipster on a mobile device, you can go to the site within a browser on your mobile device and use it there.

Can I search within a magazine?

Yes.  Both the desktop and mobile versions of Flipster support keyword searching within a magazine.  However, there is no search feature on the mobile app.

Can I change how many pages I see on my screen at one time?

Yes. Once you select and download the magazine, go to Settings in the right hand column and put a check mark beside “Show one page at a time”

Can I print from a magazine?

Yes, printing is available when reading a magazine on a computer, but not from a mobile device or app.  The print button is located towards the bottom of the right hand menu when viewing a magazine on a computer.  The available print options (single page, range, etc.) are determined by the magazine publisher.

What happens if I have technical questions or problems?

Online help documents are available via the “Help” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Flipster homepage.