Popular Magazines Available Online Through Libraries’ Flipster® Service

May 2024

Patrons of Fort Bend County Libraries have instant access to popular magazines online through the libraries’ Flipster® service from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines for adults, teens, and children, courtesy of the library.

Demonstrations of this free online resource will take place at the following locations in May, but those who are interested may also inquire about this resource at any time at any FBCL location. Reservations are required for the demonstrations.


Flipster magazines are full-print, full-color digital duplicates of the hardcopy print magazine, and library cardholders can access them remotely through FBCL’s website. The libraries’ collection includes 58 popular titles for adults and 11 titles for youth, including selections such as Forbes, Essence, Car & Driver, Highlights, People, and much more.

Magazines can be read online on a computer or downloaded to smartphones or tablets, including Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets, for offline reading anytime, anywhere on a free Flipster app that can be downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play stores.

Flipster provides an easy-to-use, browse-able reading experience. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues in various categories, and many magazines provide access to back-issues as well.

The collection can be accessed 24/7, and there is no limit to the number of magazines that can be downloaded. There will never be overdue fines for Flipster magazines because the digital file will automatically disappear after a predetermined length of time. A magazine that is published weekly can be downloaded for 2 days, and a magazine that is published monthly can be downloaded for one week.

To browse the Flipster collection of magazines, click on Books, eLibrary, & More, then eLibrary, and scroll down to Digital Magazines.

For more information:

Flipster FAQs: here

Flipster Video Tutorial: here

Click here to go straight to the resource.