April 15, 2014

Rogers Removes Digital Magazines From Canadian Libraries, No Longer Accessible with Zinio

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From The Globe and Mail:

Visitors to Canadian libraries will no longer have access to free digital magazines from Canada’s largest publisher.

Magazines Canada, an industry trade group, advised Canadian publishers to walk away from an agreement with the company whose software makes the publications available because of delivery problems. Rogers Media complied, and its magazines are no longer available on the popular Zinio app.

“The association recommended that its members withdraw from the program due to software technical issues that meant digital magazines were not being delivered in a way that is consistent with content delivery expectations and restrictions,” Mark Jamison wrote in an e-mail to The Globe.

The article goes on to mention that Rogers plans to offer a similar (fee-based) service in the future. However, the company said the decision to remove the magazines  came from the Magazines Canada trade group.

Magazines Canada said they are working with Zinio and will review the situation in the near future.

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Rogers Media is a MAJOR media player in Canada. They own print, digital, cable, television, and radio properties.

Here’s a list of some of their French and English language consumer and business press publications:

Complete List (via Rogers Web Site)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.