Limited Trial! BrowZine for your iPad

The University Library is running a trial of  a new technology called BrowZine – a tablet app that allows you to browse, read and monitor some of the library’s best journals (including a wide range of health sciences journals!), all from your iPad.

Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

To learn more, please take a look at this short two minute video.

For the trial, search for “BrowZine” in the App Store and download the app for free; when initially launching BrowZine, select University of Michigan from the drop down list.We only have this trial for a few weeks, so we would appreciate your feedback while we consider subscribing to this service.  You can send your comments to thlibrary@umich.edu.

Browzine FAQ:

Q: Is this only available on an iPad? —

  • Currently, yes. An Android version is expected in June and a smart phone version expected in later summer or early fall.

Q: Can I use Browzine on a computer (laptop or desktop)?  —

  • No. (Sorry!)

Q: What credentials do I need to use to login?  —

  • Your UM uniquename and kerberos password.

Q: How long is the trial? —

  • 30 days, until late June.

Q: How far back does the content go?  —

  • If we already own the content, back to 2005.

Q: Where does the content come from?  —

  • These are current journals to which UM Library already subscribes.  It does not include aggregated content (e.g., CINAHL, PsycInfo, etc.).

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My unsolicited 2 cents (and admittedly, I don’t have an iPad so I have yet to test out the full functionality) – but judging by the interface, if you’re an avid journal/article reader, this app can be really phenomenal. Check out the features in these screenshots:

  • Your library & bookshelf:

browzien_librarybookshelf

  • Your saved articles:

Browzine_savedarticles

  • Article view & what you can do with the articles:

Browzine_article

Let us know how you like it by sending an email to thlibrary@umich.edu!

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