The Forsyth County Public Library is pleased to offer a great collection of downloadable magazines through Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand.

Choose from many popular and informational titles to browse and read. Titles are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Click the banner below to start browsing.


Getting Started

What's available?

For a list of Zinio titles available to Forsyth County Public Library, click here to download a listing.

You will need:

  • A computer or a mobile device with the Zinio app installed
  • A Forsyth County Public library barcode number
  • A valid email address

Getting Started - First Time Users:

  1. Connect to the library's Zinio site using your browser, NOT the app.
  2. Click the Create Account button
  3. Enter your barcode number, click Next
  4. Enter your email address/password/name, click Create Account
  5. Check your email account for an email from RB Digital Portal
  6. Install the Zinio app on your mobile device.

A mobile device is not necessary, as magazines are easy to read on a computer or laptop. There is no app for the Nook Tablet, Nook HD or eBook readers such as the Kindle, Nook Simple Touch or Sony.

How it Works - If you Already Have Accounts:

Select a Magazine:

  • Connect to the library's Zinio siteusing your browser, NOT the app
  • Log in with your email address and password
  • Click on a magazine to place it in your Zinio account
  • A new window will open asking you to log in to your Zinio account
  • Click "sign in here" and sign in to your account
  • The magazine you selected will be in your Zinio account. Click on it to start reading

Select More than One Magazine

  • Follow the instructions above to place a magazine in your Zinio account
  • Click on the tab "Browse Magazine Collection"
  • Click on another magazine
  • The tab with "My Collection" will turn orange
  • Continue to select magazines
  • Go to the "My Library" tab (your Zinio account) to read them

Read Your Magazines Online using a Computer or Laptop:

  • Connect to Zinio.comusing your browser
  • Log in to your Zinio account
  • Click "My Collection" or "Read"
  • Click one of your magazines to open it

Read Your Magazines using a Mobile Device:

  • Open the Zinio app on your mobile device or PC or Mac
  • Magazines that are faint with a down arrow need to be downloaded, tap the arrow to begin downloading.
    • IMPORTANT: You must be online to download the magazines
  • When the download is complete you can read that magazine offline
  • Only magazines that have been downloaded through the app (for PC, Mac or mobile device) can be read offline

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Categories


Check out magazines from the library's Zinio site. Use your browser (not the app) to go to the library's Zinio site and follow the steps above to log in and select a magazine.
Read magazines from your Zinio account on a computer or mobile device.
  • From a computer that is online, connect to your Zinio account. Log in then click My Library or Read
  • From a computer that is offline, use the Zinio Reader 4 app for PC or Mac. Remember to download the magazine to the app while you're still online.
  • From a mobile device that is online or offline, use the Zinio app. Remember to download the magazine to your device while you're still online.
  • Connect to your Zinio account using your browser (not the app)
  • Log in and click My Library or Read
  • Click the Edit button near the top of the screen
  • Click the Remove button under each issue
There is no checkout period--you get to keep it as long as you like. When you are done reading you may delete the issue if you choose.
There is no limit to the number of users who can “check out” a magazine at one time. Just remember to access Zinio from the Library’s website to assure free access when you are adding more titles to your account.
Print options are determined by the publisher. You may be able to print a single page, a range of pages or none at all. In order to print you must be logged in to your Zinio account using a browser or the PC/Mac app. Click the printer button on the bottom left side of the screen. Printing is not available from the mobile app.

Wait! I still need help!

Please call 703-3007 or your local branch during open hours or ask your librarian anytime.