Use Flipster to view many popular magazines right on your computer or mobile device. All titles are full-page, full-color duplicates of the print titles and are available the same day the paper copies hit the newsstands. Back issues for each title are also available. Every issue is available instantly with no holds or waiting lists, and there are no limits on the number of titles that can be read online or downloaded to the mobile app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Flipster is a platform for reading digital magazines on a computer or mobile device. Flipster magazines are full-page, full-color duplicates of the print titles and include the most current and a number of back issues. All titles are available instantly with no holds or waiting lists, and there are no limits on the number of titles that can be read online or downloaded to the mobile app.
Flipster works in your browser on a computer or through the app on smartphones and tablets.
The basic steps for reading magazines with Flipster are:

Browser:

1. Using the browser on a computer or mobile device visit the PBCLS Flipster collection through a Flipster link on the library’s webpage.

2. If you are outside a library, enter your library card number, and click Login.

3. Browse the titles in the Latest or All Issues sliders by clicking the right and left navigation arrows on either side of the slider.

4. When you find a title you want to read, click its cover.

5. The magazine will open in a new browser window.

App:

1. Visit your device’s app store and search for the Flipster app.

2. Once downloaded, the setup questions will include choosing your library (Palm Beach County Library System) and entering your library card number.

3. Once set up, you can search for titles, read, and download issues within the app.

When using Flipster through a web browser, you will need to be connected to the internet. If using the Flipster app, issues can be downloaded to your device (smartphone or tablet).
No. As long as you have an internet connection, all you need to do is visit the Flipster site in your browser. But the Flipster app is available and can be found in your device’s app store.
Yes. The Flipster app can be found in your device’s app store (smartphones and tablets). You can use the app to search titles, check them out, download current and back issues, and read the titles.
iPad and iPhones using iOS 10 or higher.

Android phones and tablets using 5.0 or higher operating system; Chromebooks that support Android apps via Google Play.

Kindle Fire tablets up to version 5.4.0.0.
1. From the pull-down menu of your Kindle Fire, go to Settings.

2. Select Security and ensure the setting named Apps from Unknown Sources (allow installation of applications that are not from Appstore) is set to ON.

3. From your device, download the APK (app installer) by long-pressing on the following link and then selecting Download link: Flipster for Kindle Fire app.

4. Once the download is complete, open to the Docs apps on your Kindle Fire and tap Local Storage.

5. Tap the Download folder and then tap the flipster_kindle APK file.

6. Tap Install at the bottom of the screen.

7. Once the app has installed, tap Open to begin using the app.
1. Find the title you are interested in downloading. Tap the down arrow in the bottom right corner of the cover photo to download that issue.

2. Or tap the cover to go to more details. Then tap on the download button. Scroll down to find the back issues that can also be downloaded.
As many as you like. There are no limits to the number of titles you can read online or download to the Flipster app.
Some titles do expire, but this is set by the publisher. Expired titles will display an expired icon and appear grayed out when no longer available to read.
Yes. There is no limit to the number of times an issue can be downloaded to the app.
Yes, but back issue coverage will vary on a title by title basis. Most titles go back several years.
In the browser, open a title and click the ‘All Issues’ button in the sidebar/menu. A list of available back issues will display. Click on an issue to open it.

In the app, tap on the title you are interested in, then scroll down to see a list of back issues for that title.
Printing is available when reading a magazine on a computer, but not from a mobile device or through the Flipster app. The print button is located towards the bottom of the right sidebar when viewing a magazine. The available print options are determined by the publisher. You may be able to print a single page, a range of pages, or none at all.