Library Resources: Flipster

Posted on February 19, 2021

by Michael Sheehan

Do you want to make the most of your library card? Follow this series of articles that will provide an overview of  information on the various digital resources and databases the La Porte County Public Library offers the community. This is the fourth in a series and will review the Flipster digital magazine service.



If you like to look at magazines as much as me, it can become an expensive habit. I enjoy finding new recipes, looking at new style trends, and getting ideas to spruce up my house on a tight budget. In the past, I grew my magazine collection to a substantial amount because many of them I’d save to refer to at a later time. Once I discovered Digital Magazines existed, I was hooked. 


Flipster (provided by EBSCO) is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. There is a wide selection to choose from and you can get the newest issues whenever you want. 


LPCPL has offered Flipster digital magazines since October 2017.  Flipster titles are also available through the Library catalog.


The top read titles for 2019 (with 200 or more checkouts) were:

  1.       People (500)
  2.       Consumer Reports (277)
  3.       Family Handyman (264)
  4.       OK! Magazine (213)
  5.       Us Weekly (205)
  6.       Reader’s Digest (200)

Over a quarter of all 2019 Flipster circulation (6,005 checkouts) came from these six titles.


In 2020, the top read titles (with 150 or more checkouts) were:

  1.       People (335)
  2.       Consumer Reports (210)
  3.       OK! Magazine (185)
  4.       Us Weekly (160)
  5.       Family Handyman (160)
  6.       Better Homes & Gardens (156)
  7.       HGTV Magazine (155)
  8.       Do-It-Yourself Projects (152)

It is interesting to note from viewing just this partial list of titles that one can see the impact the 2020 pandemic had on families: home related titles had a higher circulation since more families were able to devote time to home renovations and remodeling projects.


Next week we will focus on Gale subscription resources.

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.
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