Digital Magazine Information
How to Use RBdigital
What is RBdigital?
RBdigital is an online magazine collection that the library subscribes to for the reading and browsing enjoyment of our customers. Currently the library offers over 3,500 magazines that can be read on computers and mobile devices. You can check out as many magazines as you like and keep them as long as you wish.
To use RBdigital:
- Create a Library Collection account. This account is used to browse the collection and to check out magazines. Magazines may be checked out in a browser or in the app.
- You never need to return checked out magazines, and they do not expire.
- When new issues are published, they will be available for checkout from the Library's Magazine Collection.
- If you wish to receive email notifications of new magazine issues, you can do so in your account preferences. Once you have created your account, click on the small arrow next to the icon near your name. Select "My Preferences" and there you have the option to check or uncheck the box to receive notices.
To read previously selected magazines:
- Sign in to your Library Collection Account.
- Select "My Collection" to see your magazines.
- Select "Read Now" (book icon)
To get new issues or select new magazines:
- Go to the Library's Magazine Collection in your browser or in the app.
- Browse the collection. To see previous issues of a magazine, click on the magazine title.
- To check out a magazine, click on Checkout Now (icon with a +).
The RBdigital app is available for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX devices. Please check your app store for the "RBdigital" app.
Most magazines you wish to view will automatically load in your browser. Internet Explorer 9 or higher, Google Chrome, and/or Mozilla Firefox are required to view the site, as requires Adobe Flash.
Mobile/Smartphone Users - Download the RBdigital app
Once eMagazines have been checked out through a browser, download and install the appropriate app to read on your device.
* Smartphone and mobile device users are advised to log out completely when not using RBDigital to conserve the battery.
How do I find out if a magazine has a new issue?
Check the Library's Magazine Collection for new issues.
How do I remove titles from my account? Can I get them back if desired?
Use the Edit button to remove or restore titles. Any title you remove may be restored at a future time.
Can I read magazines offline or must I be connected to the Internet?
After downloading a magazine, it may be read offline by using the RBDigital app (mobile devices).
How much space will a downloaded magazine take on my device?
The typical magazine is 30-50 MB. Interactive magazines are 50-100 MB.
I don't see a magazine available in the Library's Magazine Collection. Why not?
Some magazine publishers do not allow RBDigital to offer their titles for sale or do not allow libraries to make these available through RBDigital. Each publisher has their own set of rules about this and they themselves control availability.
Some magazines require Adobe Flash and cannot be read on iPads.