The closing of a 100-year-old magazine in the novel Delicious! mimics what is happening in magazine publishing today. Ladies Home Journal (131 years in print) and Jet (63 years) have just published their last print issues. They join Gourmet, American Artist, Herb Companion, U.S. News & World Report and many others titles the library has lost from the collection in the last few years.

However, the loss of these print titles has created an opportunity for the library to add something new, Flipster. Flipster is a digital magazine service offering full-color, full-page magazines available 24/7 on any computer or mobile device with internet access.

Starting this month the library has increased its magazine collection by 23 new titles. Some are titles that are familiar to most of us, and other titles are known depending upon your interests. All of them, along with 29 titles already available at the library, are offered digitally through Flipster.

Specialty titles include Equus: the Horse Owner’s Resource, Vegetarian Times, Yoga Journal, Black Belt, MuscleMag, Running Times and Clean Eating. You will also find Food Network Magazine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Dwell, Clean Eating and BabyBug. We get to add Newsweek back to our collection and will still have access to Jet.

To go with HGTV Magazine, Dr. Oz: the Good Life and ShopSmart, you have access to People, Time, Money, Rolling Stone, mental_floss and many more titles. Just look for the Flipster icon at http://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org.

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