Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided courtesy of your library. Find libraries near you that offer Flipster, then explore, download, and read magazines any time on your Apple devices.
If you find that your library does not offer Flipster, encourage them to sign up today.
- Locate participating libraries
- Browse, search, and download popular magazines to read offline
- Access digital table of contents for each magazine
- Read articles in text view
- Tap highlighted areas to jump to articles and related websites
- Track percentage of magazine read
Now it’s time to relax, put your feet up and read your favorite magazines with Flipster!
Enhanced accessibility experience.
Ratings and Reviews
Update: back to 5 stars thanks to devs bringing back full screen mode. Would be better without the icon to exit full screen being constantly on screen, devs can you find a solution without the icon always there?
Update: changing from 5 stars to 3 after they removed full screen mode. Please get rid of those top and bottom panels and let me just read magazine full screen without visual distractions.
I don't understand all the negative reviews. I saw a magazine via my library website and was able to view it in web browser. From there I saw option to view it in this app and it opened it perfectly. On iPad I was viewing two pages at a time in landscape orientation. I tried rotating screen to portrait and saw full screen one page of magazine. Looks fantastic.
Developer Response ,
By popular demand, you can now enable full-screen mode! Read without the distraction of navigation or tab bars. Tap the full-screen icon in the top left of the Read Screen; tap again to return to default view.
Great update! Finding your library, signing in, searching and selecting magazines all now take place in the app. No more going to your library's website to login and search. That is so much more convenient. The interface is clean and easy to use, the image quality is very good, and the app runs well on my old 3rd gen iPad. This is still a service that your library has to subscribe to, but it's a great app if your library does subscribe to it. One note: if you don't have a lot of free space, delete magazines when you are done reading them. They download to your device and can take up a fair amount of space.
A little perspective
This app is working for me as far as stability goes and while I agree with the many suggestions for improvement offered by other people's reviews, let's acknowledge what this app actually does: provides free access to current-issue, excellent magazines that otherwise cost good money. My library (Brooklyn NY) offers nearly 120 titles. This is a gift. I now get to flip through magazines like Popular Science and Photography that I've been interested in but not enough to actually subscribe (as I already have too many paper subscriptions). Of all the terrible uses of our tax dollars, this is not one of them.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.