Read digital copies of popular titles for adults, teens and kids with no holds and no limits

Magazines can be read on any internet-enabled device via web browser, or downloaded for offline access, via apps for Android and Apple devices. Below are some basic steps to help get you started.

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The Flipster app can be downloaded for free onto iPads, iPhones, iPad Minis, Android devices and Kindle Fire. Once a magazine has been downloaded into the app, it can be read at any time without internet access.

  1. Search for Flipster in your app store.
  2. In the ‘Find my library’ box, type Tauranga and select the log in button next to Tauranga City Libraries.
  3. Enter your library card number and select the log in button.
  4. Touch the cover to download or see past issues available.
  1. Go to our Flipster collection.
  2. If you are outside the library, you will be asked to enter your library card details.
  3. Select the magazine you would like to read by clicking on the cover.

Use the arrows on the right hand side of the screen to move through the pages. You can also view past issues of the magazine by moving your mouse over All Issues and selecting from any of the previous issues available.

Do I need to pay to use Flipster?

No. Access to Flipster is free as part of your library membership.

Do I have to have a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) to use Flipster?

No. Flipster can be used on a desktop computer or laptop.

Is there an app available for my mobile device?

An app is available for use with iPads, iPhones (download from the App Store), Android devices (download from Google Play) and Kindle Fire. 

Do I have to have the app to read a magazine on my mobile device?

No. You can access Flipster and read magazines using the browser on your mobile device as long as you have access to the internet.

Can I download a magazine using the app?

Touch the cover to download or see past issues available.

How do I delete a magazine from the app?

Touch the trash can icon under the magazine you want to delete and select Delete.

Can I download a magazine using my computer?

Yes, but you will need to save the magazine as a PDF on your computer.

If you are using Internet Explorer

  1. Choose ‘Print all pages’ from the right side of the page
  2. In your printer drop down menu choose PDF and then Print
  3. Depending on the speed of your computer the file may take a few minutes to generate the PDF
  4. A Save As window will open. Rename the file and choose a location to save the PDF to
  5. The magazine may automatically open, if not open the magazine from the location you saved it to

If you are using Chrome

  1. Choose ‘Print all pages’ from the right side of the page
  2. From the  Destination option choose Change and then Save as PDF
  3. Click Save
  4. Choose a location on your computer to save the file

Are back issues available?

To view back issues on your desktop computer or laptop, open the most recent issue of the magazine and click on ‘All issues’ on the right hand side of the screen. To view back issues within the app, open the most recent issue and scroll down.

Can I get notified when a new issue of a magazine I like is available?

No, this functionality is not available within Flipster.

Can I print from a magazine?

Printing is available when reading a magazine on a desktop computer or laptop, but not from a tablet or phone. The print button is located towards the bottom of the right hand menu when viewing a magazine. The available print options are determined by the publisher of the magazine - you may be able to print a single page, a range, or none at all.

Can I search within a magazine?

Searching within a magazine, and across all issues of a magazine, is available when using a desktop computer, laptop, or the browser on your mobile device. It is not available when using the app. To search:

  1. With a magazine open, type your keyword in the ‘Search’ box in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  2. Click on the drop down box and choose from ‘this issue’ or ‘all issues’.
  3. Press the Enter key.

A list of articles with your keyword will display. Click on the article to skip to it.

What is the Contents Gallery?

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

To use the Contents Gallery:

  1. Select ‘All Issues’ from the viewer menu and click ‘Contents Gallery’ from the resulting menu pane.
  2. Click the ‘View’ button. A new Contents Gallery window opens allowing you to page through the table of contents from all issues available.
  3. Click on a feature or article to go directly to that page.

Note that the Contents Gallery is not accessible when using Flipster on a mobile device. However, you can view the Table of Contents and All Issues for the magazine you are reading.

Last Reviewed: 27/04/2018

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