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Instructions for remote access of e-magazines

You can read the newspapers available through PressReader and RBdigital in a library as well as outside the library using your own device. The Finnish service ePress is only available on library computers and via the libraries’ own networks. The Finnish service eMagz is only available in Vantaa’s libraries.

PressReader

PressReader contains newspapers and magazines from around the world. You can read the publications either in your device’s browser or in the PressReader mobile app. To log in, you need your Helmet library card number and PIN code.

Using PressReader in a web browser

Open the PressReader site, tap Sign in and then tap the Library card option. Next choose from the Select libraries list Library – Helmet libraries (offsite) and type in your library card number and PIN code. Wait a moment until a PressReader HotSpot window opens.

You can browse the collection by tapping Select publication. You can find the whole selection also from the Menu bar under Publications. Now you can browse the magazines according to country, language, category or publication type or search magazines/newspapers by title. Access the magazine by tapping on its cover.

Using PressReader via mobile app

Get your free PressReader app from the App Store or Play store. If you have previously downloaded it, make sure you have the latest, updated version.

Tap on Sign in, then tap Library or an icon resembling a library card. Choose from the Select libraries list Library – Helmet libraries (offsite) and enter your library card number and PIN codeWait a moment until a PressReader HotSpot window opens.

The Windows Phone app for PressReader might not let you log in with your library card. You can still download newspapers/magazines in the libraries’ wireless network in Helsinki and Espoo. Thus you do not need to sign in to the PressReader app with your library card number and PIN code – you just open the app and logging in happens automatically in the libraries’ wireless network.

If you have downloaded the PressReader app on a Mac computer, you cannot sign in with your library card. First, open the PressReader website in a browser, log in with your library card number and PIN code, click on you name and then on Manage account. Add an email address and a password to your details. Then start the app and log in with the email and password you just added.

RBdigital

RBdigital (formerly called Zinio) contains magazines in English. You can read the magazines either in your device’s browser or in a mobile app. To log in, you need your Helmet library card number and a separate user account. Check detailed instructions below.

You can browse the magazine collection via the RBdigital website or the RBdigital application. You can download magazines to your mobile device so that you can read them without internet connection.

Creating an RBdigital user account

To use RBdigital, you need to create a separate account on the RBdigital website. Click on Create new account, type in your library card number and fill in your details. You will be sent an email with a link to confirm the account. If you create the account on a Helmet library’s computer, you do not need to enter your library card number.

RBdigital on PC and Mac computers

After you have created your account, you can browser the magazine collection. Choose the magazine you want and click Checkout, and the magazine will be transferred to your personal magazine shelf. You can then continue browsing the collection by clicking Keep browsing and transfer more magazines to your shelf. If you want to start reading the magazine, choose Start reading. The reading view opens in a new window. The service works on browsers that support HTML5 (Internet Explorer 10+, Chrome, Firefox and Safari).

You can find all your downloaded magazines on the My collection page.

NB: You cannot log into RBdigital using your library card number and PIN code. Your library card number is entered only when you create the RBdigital user account.

RBdigital on iOS and Android mobile devices

You can download and read magazines in a browser (instructions above) or in the RBdigital app. If you have transferred magazines to your personal magazine shelf in a browser, they are also available in the app.

Download the RBdigital application from Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS). Log in to the application by choosing Finland and then typing in your RBdigital account username (email address) and password.

If you have previously downloaded the Zinio for Libraries application to your device, switch to using the RBdigital application.

RBdigital on Windows 8 devices

You can download a Zinio Reader PC application for Windows 8 operating system from Zinio's website. You have to install Adobe Air for the application and you can download it from the Adobe website.

You can download a Windows Phone 8 application from the Windows application store. You cannot read magazines in the browser with this operating system. You will also need a Zinio account to use the application. Create an account on Zinio's website.

If you want to change your e-mail address for the Zinio account or for RBDigital, send an email to hki.ekirja@hel.fi. The Zinio account e-mail address must not be changed before the RBdigital e-mail address has been changed.

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