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. Note that the app is for offline viewing only. You cannot download a magazine from within the app.
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?
The Flipster app is for offline viewing only. Issues cannot be downloaded directly using the app. To download a magazine in the app, go to the Flipster page using the browser on your mobile device and download the magazine you want to read before selecting ‘Open in App’ from the menu in the top left hand corner. This step requires access to the internet but viewing a magazine once it has been downloaded in the app does not.
How do I delete a magazine from the app?
Touch the trash can icon under the magazine you want to delete and select ‘OK’.
Are back issues available?
The number of back issues available depends on the agreement that Flipster has with individual publishers. 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 on a mobile device, open the most recent issue of the magazine and select ‘All Issues’ from the menu in the top left corner.
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:
- With a magazine open, type your keyword in the ‘Search’ box in the top right hand corner of the screen.
- Click on the drop down box and choose from ‘this issue’ or ‘all issues’.
- 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:
- Select ‘All Issues’ from the viewer menu and click ‘Contents Gallery’ from the resulting menu pane.
- Click the ‘View’ button. A new Contents Gallery window opens allowing you to page through the table of contents from all issues available.
- 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.