Introducing Flipster! The New Way to Read Digital Magazines and Periodicals

Evanston Public Library is pleased to present a whole new way of reading magazines and periodicals. It’s convenient, it’s fun, it’s Flipster!

Some of the popular, in demand titles that EPL now subscribes to include The New Yorker, Essence, The Nation, Chicago Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Hispanic Network, Out, and more! Want to try it? These titles are all available to you with an Evanston Public Library card via the library’s website or by downloading the Flipster app onto your mobile device.

Providing full color, full image access to the latest magazines, Flipster offer EPL patrons access to 35+ digital titles. In doing so, the site takes care to mimic the experience of reading a real, physical magazine. That means including hyperlinks in the table of contents that allow you to jump to articles of interest with ease.

Scan through and take note of the titles in Spanish and English that are of interest to the Latinx community. Flipster has LGBTQia+ magazines. It has titles of interest to the Black community. And depending on the title, patrons can read both the most recent issues and back issues as well. The app version has a “text only” function to allow you to read long text articles or recipes without the illustrations. And if you use the desktop version, you can even print out an article or issue.

Ready to begin? Then read our Flipster Getting Started Handout

Still have questions? Check out this handy Flipster FAQ. It’ll clarify many of your questions.

Enjoy your magazines for free. Enjoy Flipster.

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#readblack News: Not Just in February But Every Month

February 1, 2019

February has historically been deemed Black History Month nationwide, but it’s important to remember that we should be celebrating Black historical figures and creators every month of the year. With that in mind, one of my librarians recently discovered a list on that presents the Top Black Newspapers and Web Sites found here in America ( She wrote to me and asked, “have we ever promoted our Black newspaper or periodicals? . . .  I know  activist Sean King is relaunching the North Star, the paper  Fredrick Douglass started”

A fair question. As it happens, Evanston Public Library does subscribe to a couple periodicals with news. Feel free to stop by our third floor anytime to read the following:

  • Chicago Defender – Originally this newspaper was the only daily Black publication in the country (when it was called the Chicago Daily Defender). These days it’s weekly. If you’re curious about it, be sure to read Ethan Michaeli’s history, The Defender : how the legendary black newspaper changed America : from the age of the Pullman porters to the age of Obama
  • Ebony – Did you know that Ebony was founded in Chicago in 1945? It’s 74 years old and shows no sign of stopping, even in this era of increased digital publications.
  • Jet – Originally Jet was published as a digest-sized sister publication to the better known Ebony. It’s also based out of Chicago and focuses more squarely on arts and entertainment than the other publications mentioned here.

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