WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Purdue Libraries is now sponsoring BrowZine, a new tablet application that allows users to browse, read and monitor many of the Libraries’ scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire HDs.
Users can mark journals to follow and will receive push notifications when new issues of journals come out. Users can read and save articles in BrowZine; send PDFs of articles of interest to preferred PDF readers or other places like Dropbox; and, save articles to reference management tools such RefWorks and Zotero. This app recreates the experience of browsing new journal issues and discovering interesting articles at their fingertips.
Instructions on how to download the app onto tablets can be found on the Libraries website: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/browzine
Who can use BrowZine? Any student, staff, or faculty member currently associated with Purdue
Is there a fee?Cost to download the app is free
What devices are supported? So far, just tablets are supported, including the iPad, Android tablets (with OS v4.0+), and Kindle Fire HD.
What about smartphones? Early 2014, iPhone and Android smartphones will be supported
What publishers are supported? A list of publishers can be found here: http://support.thirdiron.com/knowledgebase/articles/132654-what-publishers-do-you-support-
Journals that are available as part of aggregator subscriptions, like ProQuest or Ebsco databases, aren’t included. Only subscriptions direct with participating publishers will be available.
What if a patron has problems with BrowZine? ThirdIron, the company who owns BrowZine, offers great customer support here: http://support.thirdiron.com
Questions or concerns about Browzine: Send to Rebecca Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org.