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Author Topic: Zinio Reader  (Read 6324 times)

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Zinio Reader
« on: October 05, 2005, 04:14:42 AM »
There's a good chance I am just far, far behind, but perhaps some of you have also not previously heard of Zinio.  I came across it while writing my review of Archivarius last week.  It's a digital magazine service - the software seems pretty good, and some of the deals are very good indeed.  I bought a year's subscription to PC Magazine for less than I could buy 2 issues here in England.  The main site is at zionio.com, and that PC Mag offer is here: http://zinio.com/offer?issn=0888-8507

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2005, 04:19:17 AM »
Yes it is good. My only gripe is that I don't like reading magazines on screen, and you don't get access to freebies (like cover CDs). Also it is difficult to read them in bed ;)

They have the advantage that everything is hyper-linked within the mag so it is quick to move around and find things.

It is a while since I looked a Zinio, but IIRC you can also do text searches, which is good.

Out of curiosity can you redownload magazines if you damage a copy, and can you share them with others (one of the big advantages of the real thing)?

Personally I have a very bad experience with Adobe eBooks and am very wary now about buying any electronic books/mags that are encrypted.

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2005, 04:23:54 AM »
Apparently, yes, you can share them - there's stuff on this on their website.  Overall, I thought the site was pretty well done, and their faqs are straightforward and clear.  The main reason I'm keen is that I often need to travel with a laptop, and I really look forward to being in some village in India reading my favourite magazine!  Actually, they don't have any of my favourites, but PC Mag should be interesting  ;)

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2005, 04:25:49 AM »
What's the extension for Zinio's files? Is there any free downloadable sample?
I would like to see if it's possible to make a new TrID's definition for that file type.

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2005, 04:34:18 AM »
They're .zno

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2005, 04:34:58 AM »
they do have samples on the website. Format is proprietary

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2005, 04:39:37 AM »
Thanks, m_s & Carol. I will download some and try.

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2005, 04:43:01 AM »
zinio format is derived from pdf by the way.

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2005, 04:47:44 AM »
Good to know, thanks.
Ah, BTW... m_s if you have some .ZNO files at hand, you may create a new def for TrID with the TrIDScan tool. If you the send me the new def, I will add it to TrID's db giving proper credit & link to an URL of your on the supported file types pages.
Google's bots like to crawl on them! :)

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Re: Zinio Reader
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2005, 07:36:50 AM »
Done. Online TrID should already recognize the .ZNO format; the standalone package will contain the new def with the next update.

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