Downloadable Magazines

Frequently Asked Questions about Downloadable Magazines

Where does Weatherford Public Library get its digital magazines?

The Weatherford Public Library (WPL) is a member of a consortium of Texas libraries who have joined together to purchase digital magazines. The consortium purchased the subscriptions through, and the digital magazines are made available through the Recorded Books Digital Gateway. This resulted in WPL being able to offer many more magazines at a significantly reduced cost to the library.

What equipment and software do I need to access digital magazines?

You can access digital magazines directly through your web browser, or through apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/HD, Blackberry, and Nook HD/HD+. In addition, you may also download copies of digital magazines to your PC, Mac, or portable devices by downloading the Zinio reader app.

Why do I need to open three different accounts to use digital magazines?

The first account you need to open is a library account. This establishes that you are eligible for library services from the Weatherford Public Library.

The second account you will need to open is an account. You may sign up for this account at:

This establishes that you have the right to access the library’s digital magazine subscriptions.

The third account is a account. This is the account that allows for delivery of the digital magazines to your desktop or portable device. When you attempt to check out a digital magazine, the RBdigital Gateway will automatically redirect you to

You must have both your and accounts logged in to complete a digital magazine checkout.

Why does ask me to pay for digital magazines?

In addition to offering subscriptions for libraries, also sells digital magazines directly to consumers. As long as you go through the RBdigital Gateway, you will not have to pay to access any of the digital magazines to which WPL subscribes. You may choose to purchase magazines to which WPL does not subscribe. However, this is absolutely not required.

Will I be able to use the computers at the library to download digital magazines?

Yes. You can use the public Internet workstations to access the digital magazine collection online. The library offers a tablet PC to lend to library users for in-library reading of digital magazines.

What is required to check out the tablet PC for in-library use?

To check out the table PC for in-library use, you will need to have a library account in good standing. You will also need to leave a valid Texas Driver’s License or Identification Card at the circulation desk.

How many digital magazine titles are available?

Eighty-four titles are available:
  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • AppleMagazine
  • Astronomy
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Backpacker
  • Bead Style
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Bicycling
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Boating
  • Canoe & Kayak
  • Car and Driver
  • Clean Eating
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Cosmopolitan en Español
  • Country Living
  • Diabetic Living
  • Discover
  • Do It Yourself
  • Dogs Life
  • Dwell
  • EatingWell
  • Elle
  • Elle Decor
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • Esquire
  • Every Day with Rachael Ray
  • Family Circle
  • Family Handyman
  • Field & Stream
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Forbes
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Good Housekeeping Buenhogar
  • Guitar Player
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • HGTV Magazine
  • Hot Rod
  • House Beautiful
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • Macworld
  • Marie Claire
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Maxim
  • Men's Fitness
  • Men's Health
  • Men's Journal
  • Mother Earth News
  • Motor Trend
  • National Geographic Interactive
  • National Geographic Traveler Interactive
  • Natural Health
  • New Scientist
  • New York Review of Books
  • Newsweek
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • OK! Magazine
  • Organic Gardening
  • Outdoor Life
  • Outside
  • PCWorld
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Photography
  • Popular Science
  • Prevention
  • Reader's Digest
  • Redbook
  • Road & Track
  • Rolling Stone
  • Runner's World
  • Saveur
  • Seventeen
  • Shape
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Taste of Home
  • The Economist
  • Us Weekly
  • Vegetarian Times
  • Weight Watchers
  • Woman's Day
  • Women's Health
  • Yoga Journal

Why is the digital magazine I used to read no longer available?
WPL switched over to a new consortium on October 1, 2014. As a result, the titles available changed, based on what magazines were read by consortium members' users over the past year. If one of the magazines you enjoyed reading went missing as a result of this process, please call the WPL Reference Desk at 817-598-4155 and let library staff know. We will restore the title to our collection at the earliest possible opportunity.

How long will I have to view my digital magazines before they expire or have to be returned?
There is no checkout period (and no late fees) for digital magazines. Once you complete checkout or download of an issue, you will have access to it on your account for as long as you want. If you download the digital magazine to your device, it will remain there until you delete it.

What is the checkout limit for digital magazines?

There is no checkout limit for digital magazines.

Can I print articles from magazines?
Yes. You will be able to print full magazine pages from the viewer.

Are back issues of magazines available?

Back issues are available from the date that WPL joined the digital magazine consortium, which was October 1, 2014.