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Flipster provides access to current issues of popular magazines to read on your computer, tablet, or phone. The Flipster app is available for offline reading.

What you need

Using Flipster on a computer

Reading magazines on your computer requires an internet connection.

  1. Go to tpl.ca/flipster and click on the red Access Online button.
  2. Enter your library card number and PIN and select Sign In then Continue.
  3. Search for titles, browse Categories or scroll through the Latest Issues or All Magazines available. When you find a magazine that you want to read, click on the cover to open it.
  4. Use the arrows to navigate. If you click on All Issues on the right hand side, you can search the magazine, look at specific pages or see back issues.

Using Flipster on a phone or tablet

  1. Download the Flipster app for your iOS or Android device.
  2. Open the app and select Get Started.
  3. Search for "Toronto" and select Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario. Enter your library card number and select Login.
  4. Browse the list of magazines, search for a specific title, or choose from the list of Categories. When you find a magazine that you want to read, tap on the cover to open the detail page.
  5. Select Download to download the current issue. To download a back issue, use the download icon to thr right of the date for that issue.
  6. After downloading, the title will appear under My Shelf.
  7. Tap the cover to open the magazine. Swipe your finger left or right to flip through the pages.
  8. Tap the icon in the upper right-hand corner to see the table of contents with links to every article.
  9. Tap My Shelf to return to your library of magazines in the app.
  10. Remember to take note of the magazine's due date if there is one.

Which magazines are available?

Frequently asked questions

How many magazines can I borrow?

There is no limit to the number of magazines you can read or download.

Are the magazines always available?

Most magazines are always available, but some titles can only be read or downloaded by a limited number of people at one time. If a title you want isn't available, check back later.

How long can I keep magazines?

You can keep magazines for 2 days, 7 days or indefinitely, depending on the title. If a magazine has an expiry date, this will display at the bottom of the front cover in the app. If no date shows, the magazine will not expire. Expiry dates do not display if you are reading on your computer as the item gets returned as soon as you close your browser. See the List of magazines (PDF) for details about expiry dates.

Do I have to return magazines?

If you are reading a magazine on your computer, it will be returned once you close your browser.

Can I get back issues of a magazine?

Yes. Back issues are available for many titles. To access back issues on your computer, open the most recent issue of a magazine and choose the All Issues menu item in the right column.

To find back issues on your phone or tablet, open the most recent issue of a magazine in your browser and choose All Issues from the menu in the top left corner.

You may also be able to access content from back issues through the library's other subscription databases - check the Title List of Online Magazines, Newspapers & Journals to see what's available.

Can I get magazines in other languages?

Currently there are only magazines available in English and French.

Can I print from a magazine?

Printing may be available when reading a magazine on a computer, but not from a phone or tablet. The print button is found towards the bottom of the right hand menu when viewing a magazine on a computer. The available print options are determined by the publisher. You may be able to print a single page, a range, or not at all.

How do I delete a magazine once I have downloaded it onto my device?
  1. Magazines that expire will need to be deleted from your device.
  2. Tap on the trash icon in the lower right hand corner of each magazine cover to delete. This can be done for any magagzine you want to delete - regardless of the expiry date.

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