TAMESIDE Council’s libraries service is about to double the number of e-magazines it offers for free.
Thanks to a Greater Manchester-wide deal, it will soon stock 100 titles rather than the current 44.
Among the new magazines are ones which will appeal to children, such as Horrible Histories, Storytime and Raspberry for kid, and many game-related titles including Pokémon Go and Minecraft.
Another new addition to the collection is the BBC’s Match of the Day, which is Britain’s best-selling football magazine.
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “The move to digital magazines comes in response to the increasing number of inquiries. Users are now able to download and read even more titles, many of which are expensive to buy.
“The service can also be useful for members who find it difficult to visit a library. Visually-impaired readers will like them too as they are able to increase font sizes, greatly expanding their reading choices.”
For access to the expanded range, customers need to register on the new Greater Manchester Libraries Zinio website www.rbdigital.com/greatermanchester. After that they will be able to download all the latest editions. e-Magazines can be viewed on smartphones, tablets or desktop computers and kept indefinitely. Back issues can also be accessed.