Archive for 01/2017

Spotlight

Get Ready for Income Tax Season

How often have you been advised to do the most difficult thing on your "to do" list first?

Perhaps the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) heard that, too.

This month the IRS announced a number of changes with respect to filing income tax returns.

For details, and how to get going on your income taxes now, take a look at the IRS  "get ready" page.

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Spotlight

Buy the Doritos, but Download the Magazines

I think we've all been tantilized by the headlines of a magazine, the glossy photograph of a celebrity, the delicious winter stew. But "buying" a magazine comes with a little angst - "too expensive", "too much paper", "I can google that". Enter digital magazines, Zinio for Libraries by RBDigital and Flipster magazines.

Binging is perfectly acceptable, and easy. 

Time

Time Magazine available on Flipster

I read magazines from both Zinio for Libraries and Flipster, and I use both my computer and my tablet. I even use my phone sometimes. The two services work a little differently but both use apps for offline capability and both allow streaming from a browser.

We've had Zinio for Libraries for several years and it keeps getting better with new software improvements to the app. We subscribe to a broad range of titles on Zinio and have about 70 titles. This is where I do most of my binging - news, travel, fashion, finance, food, health.  I checkout a good handful of titles at once and then read them through the app at a later time.

Flipster is a newer service for us and it was added to provide some popular titles like Time, Sports Illustrated, Science News and People. There are 13 different titles - a small but mighty collection.

Please know that dppl.org/ebooks-more is your go-to link to get started with your Des Plaines Library card and the place to find help and tutorials. You can certainly bookmark links to go directly to your favorite service, Zinio for Libraries and Flipster. Titles are always available and you do not have to return. You never pay for anything.

So much for New Year's resolutions - INDULGE.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair on Flipster

In-depth feature articles of the rich and famous. The definition of Vanity Fair is a scene or place characterized by frivolity and ostentation according to Merriam-Webster. This magazine is aptly named and a great escape.

The Week

The Week on Flipster

A digest of weekly news and editorials from various notable US and international publications.

Chicago Magazine

The Chicago Magazine on Zinio for Libraries

Not much competition in print. This is the go to magazine for all things Chicago.

Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics on Zinio for Libraries

Born in 1902, this magazine has really kept up with the times. It has something for everyone - the techie, the maker, even the fashion conscious. I learned about Kit and Ace clothing here.

The Economist

The Economist on Zinio for Libraries

Erudite and thorough. This magazine approaches world events from a British and European point of view.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair on Flipster

In-depth feature articles of the rich and famous. The definition of Vanity Fair is a scene or place characterized by frivolity and ostentation according to Merriam-Webster. This magazine is aptly named and a great escape.

The Week

The Week on Flipster

A digest of weekly news and editorials from various notable US and international publications.

Chicago Magazine

The Chicago Magazine on Zinio for Libraries

Not much competition in print. This is the go to magazine for all things Chicago.

Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics on Zinio for Libraries

Born in 1902, this magazine has really kept up with the times. It has something for everyone - the techie, the maker, even the fashion conscious. I learned about Kit and Ace clothing here.

The Economist

The Economist on Zinio for Libraries

Erudite and thorough. This magazine approaches world events from a British and European point of view.