eMagazines powered by Flipster Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I keep magazines?

You can read online at any time. Use the Flipster mobile app to checkout/download for offline reading. Checkout periods vary by publisher, generally anywhere from 3 to 7 days. You may checkout again if additional offline reading time is needed.

How do I 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.
  • On your mobile device, open the most recent issue of a magazine and select the All Issues menu item from the menu in the top left corner to see all available issues.
Can I search within a magazine?

Yes, both the desktop and mobile versions of Flipster support keyword searching within a magazine. You can also search across all issues by accessing the Contents Gallery feature (available from the All Issues menu). There is no search feature on the mobile app.

Can I print from a magazine?

Printing is determined by publisher and only available from a computer. The print button is located towards the bottom of the right hand menu when viewing a magazine on a computer.

Is there a mobile app?

To download magazines for offline use, you will have to install the Flipster mobile app. Currently, Flipster offers a mobile app for iPad and iPad mini, Android devices, and Kindle Fire tablets. More system requirements

Why does SMCL have different emagazines powered by different vendors?

There are certain titles that are only powered by Flipster or Zinio. To ensure our patrons have access to the best and broadest collection of magazines we utilize both platforms. If you are looking for a specific title, we recommend you search both services.

I'm having trouble. Where can I find more help?

You may ask for assistance from any San Mateo County Library.

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