Hot Digital Magazines that Put the Sizzle in Summer Reading

Library Resources | June 12, 2018

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Take a look at the most popular digital magazines downloaded last summer by public library patrons in the United States and Canada.

For most library patrons, summer is a time to relax and take a step back from the hustle of school, work and daily life. It can also be a time to focus on passion projects, including home remodeling, gardening, fitness and most importantly, reading magazines. For librarians looking to provide summer resources for their patrons to help pursue these projects, we’ve assembled the most popular digital magazines downloaded by public library patrons during June, July and August in the United States and Canada. Take a look at the list below and to compare your library’s current collections to the most popular summer magazines from the past summer.

Kid, Tween and Teen-Friendly Magazines

Let’s face it. Most students don’t want to be puzzling through dense academic tomes during the summer. There’s a way to have fun and be smart about it, too. That’s why digital magazines make a great choice for kids to access and download from any location. Here are the top 10 Flipster® magazines for young readers:

  1. Discover
  2. Popular Science
  3. Popular Mechanics
  4. Scientific American
  5. Highlights for Children
  6. Muse
  7. Sports Illustrated Kids
  8. National Geographic
  9. Ranger Rick
  10. Seventeen

Home and Garden Magazines

Gardening and light home improvement isn’t only about beautification; these activities offer therapeutic benefits as well. It can ease stress and even improve moods. Many of us get creative and find a green thumb this time of year but aren’t sure exactly where to start. Whether patrons are looking to beautify their home or start a new hobby, here are 10 magazines that can help:

  1. Real Simple
  2. HGTV Magazine
  3. Good Housekeeping
  4. Southern Living
  5. Country Living
  6. House Beautiful
  7. This Old House
  8. Better Homes & Gardens
  9. Coastal Living
  10. Fine Gardening

Most students don’t want to be puzzling through dense academic tomes during the summer. There’s a way to have fun and be smart about it, too.

Sports, Health and Fitness Magazines

Few things are as motivating as a great fitness article. At the end you think, “I could fit in a quick 20-minute workout this afternoon, right?”  Fitness magazines motivate you with great workouts, tips and ideas for getting strong and staying healthy. Here are 10 magazines that you may want to add to your collection to help library patrons stay on the right track all summer long:

  1. Prevention
  2. Women’s Health
  3. Men’s Health
  4. Health
  5. Yoga Journal
  6. Runner’s World
  7. Dr. Oz: The Good Life
  8. Backpacker
  9. Outside
  10. Bicycling

Entertainment and Pop Culture Magazines

Celebrity gossip is one of our favorite guilty pleasures and there’s no shortage of magazines to keep us in-the-know about the latest entertainment news and pop culture happenings. From the royal wedding to the newly-single Channing Tatum, these magazines are sure to satisfy the hunger for things we know we shouldn't love, but do.

  1. People
  2. Us Weekly
  3. Entertainment Weekly
  4. The New Yorker
  5. Rolling Stone
  6. OK Magazine
  7. Star
  8. Vanity Fair
  9. National Enquirer
  10. Variety

If your library isn’t a current subscriber of Flipster, EBSCO’s digital magazine newsstand, it’s easy to request a free trial to help provide these resources for patrons.

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