What's New in Digital Magazines

January 25, 2021 | Wendy B.

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You know the feeling: you're scrolling through your social media feeds and you see an intriguing article. Or a friend tells you about a great recipe (or knitting pattern, or woodworking technique) they found in the latest issue of a magazine. You go to find it, and — paywall.

We can't all subscribe to all the magazines all the time. But don't despair! Your library card gives you digital access to most of the magazines you're likely to want. And finding them just got a little bit easier.

OverDrive Magazines

In order to give you a broad selection of magazines, Toronto Public Library subscribes to a few different digital platforms. One of these, OverDrive, just acquired another, RBDigital (formerly Zinio). All of RBDigital's magazines will be moving over to the OverDrive platform at the end of January. What this means for you: you can now find more digital magazines together in one place. 

So, how do you find them? It depends on what device you're using.

On a computer or laptop

Go to tpl.ca/overdrive, scroll down to Magazines Unlimited, and select See All. (Or, if you like, you can bookmark this link to OverDrive Magazines.)

On a smartphone or tablet 

  1. Make sure you've downloaded and logged in to the Libby ereader app from OverDrive.
  2. Open Libby and select "Library".
  3. Select "Preferences", then "Format", then "Magazines", then "Apply Preferences".
    OR scroll down to Always Available Magazines and select "See over 6,000 titles".

Here are some of the most popular magazines now available on OverDrive Magazines: 


Cooks Illustrated

Cook's Illustrated





The Economist

The Economist


House Beautiful

House Beautiful


National Geographic

National Geographic


The New Yorker

The New Yorker



O, the Oprah Magazine








There are also specialty magazines for every imaginable hobby. And there are magazines in 19 different languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Japanese, Italian and Russian. (You can filter the list of magazines by language. Scroll down to "Always Available Magazines". Select "See all", then "Filter", then "Language".) OverDrive Magazines always available with no holds, and don't count towards OverDrive's 30-item checkout limit. 


Flipster: Canadian (and other!) Content

Looking for Maclean's, The Walrus, Toronto Life and other top Canadian titles? You'll want to explore Flipster eMagazines, another of our digital magazine platforms. (It also has some U. S. titles that aren't available elsewhere.) Here are a few of the magazines you can expect to see: 


Flipster - The Atlantic

The Atlantic


Flipster - Chatelaine



Flipster - Maclean's



Flipster - Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated


Flipster - Toronto Life

Toronto Life


Flipster - The Walrus

The Walrus



PressReader: International Content

Want to catch up on the latest news or celebrity gossip in Melbourne, Mumbai or Buenos Aires? PressReader has newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries, in over 60 languages. Log in with your library card and PIN to browse them all.


Do you read digital magazines? Let us know in the comments!