Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Great news for Zinio users!

New titles are being added early to the Zinio downloadable magazine collection.  Additional titles were chosen for 2014, and many of them are already available.  By the beginning of January there will be about 140 titles, up from 2013’s 100 titles.

For those new to Zinio, you can fully access and download individual issues of magazines for free, through the Appleton Public Library.  In some cases you will have access to back issues as well.  Go to the Appleton Public Library website at www.apl.org and click on the Zinio logo, under the image of the library card.  You will create a Zinio account, using your Infosoup library card number and PIN/password.  Here's how.

Unfortunately we will also be losing access to a few digital magazines.  The publishers of Consumer Reports will no longer make it available to libraries through Zinio as of January 1, and NFL Magazine has gone out of business. There may be a couple of others as well.

2014 list of magazines

Zinio is easy to use, but if you aren't sure how to add the app and access the magazines, you can sign up for a 1:1 session with a librarian who will work with you to get started.  Sign up here.

Check out new magazine issues and enjoy reading them with Zinio and Appleton Public Library

Renewals now available for OverDrive titles!

Don’t have time to finish your downloaded title before it’s due?  Now you can renew a title as long as no one is waiting for it.

On your bookshelf, under the Download and Read buttons, it shows when your title is due.  With 3 days left, the Renew function (with a circled arrow) appears.  If the arrow is green, you are able to renew the item as soon as your checkout expires.  If it is grayed out, you can get back on the holds list.


Click “Renew” to start the process.  If you chose to have your email saved, it will appear in the boxes, or you can enter an email. 

how to renew

Once you complete the process, a check mark appears next to the word “Renew” to show the book has been renewed.


Holds page

When your book’s original checkout expires, you will receive an email notification that the title is available to retrieve from your Holds page.


renewal message


Click the link in the email.  Or follow these instructions.  You will only be allowed to renew this title one time.

For those titles that have a holds list, the Renew feature allows you to add a hold as soon as your checkout time expires.  You can also track titles you’ve renewed from your Holds page. 


Enjoy this new feature from Wisconsin's Digital Library!




Interested in family history?

Thanks to everyone who came to Genealogy 101:  Where to Start last Saturday.  For those who weren’t able to attend, here are links to Appleton Public Library publications and websites related to genealogy.

Find Your Family:  Selected sources for genealogy work at the Appleton Public Library
Digitized Resources:  Lists of the city directories, platbooks and histories which have been digitized
Genealogy (for elementary students)
Genealogy 101:  Where to Start

Trace the History of Your House

 Fox Valley Memory logo

Fox Valley MemoryA collaborative digital library of local history information for the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin.

Historic Photos Index:  A partial index to photos from books in the Wisconsin Collection, generally scenes from Appleton history. The photos may be viewed in the library or requested as photocopies for a fee. Photos are not available online.
Obituary Index:  a partial index to obituaries and death notices from Appleton newspapers. You may search the microfilm yourself or apply (for a fee) to have copies sent to you.

Platbook Index:  This is a name index to four plat books for Outagamie County: Platbook of Outagamie County, WI (1889), Platbook of Outagamie, WI (ca. 1910) Standard Atlas of Outagamie County (1917) and Atlas of Outagamie County (1942). The originals are shelved in the Wisconsin Collection at the Appleton Public Library.

Veterans' Grave Registration:  This database contains information on over 500 Fox River area deceased veterans from the War of 1812 to World War I.


The Appleton Public Library also provides access to Ancestry Library Edition (in the library only) and Heritage Quest (in the library or at home using your library card).  They provide access to vital records, census records and images, military records and so on. 

Heritage Quest logo  Ancestry logo


For U.S. government websites which help you find family information, a list is here.  

One good place to look for sites on a topic is Cyndislist.  


There are many ways to find your ancestors, from visiting cemeteries to traveling to other countries; armchair research or calling distant cousins.  Enjoy your quest to find out more about your family's history!

Interested in learning about your family?


Did you grow up with stories about a grandfather who worked on the railroad, or a family who sailed to America?  Are you related to an important person?  Do those unlabeled photos taken a hundred years ago make you wonder who they are and how they fit with your family? 

Coming to America

Many people become interested in their family history as they grow older, or their interest is piqued when their children come home from school with a request for a family tree.  Perhaps you stumbled across the TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” 

Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the U.S.  It combines detective work, reading, travel (sometimes), photography, fashion, technology and the science of DNA.

Starting your family tree is easy, but when researching it can be hard to know where to begin. Here’s help:

Genealogy 101: Where to Start
October 19 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meeting Room C

We will go over the basics of starting a search for your family history. Topics will include organizing your information, local sources, including those at Appleton Public Library, and what to look for on the Internet.  The slides and handouts will also be posted to next week’s Pulp-less Fiction blog, if you are unable to attend. 

If you are already interested in family history, did you know that the Appleton Public Library has Ancestry Library Edition available for free inside the library?  We also have HeritageQuest available to use online with your library card.

Family record

The second floor of the library has the Wisconsin Collection, which includes city directories, Appleton school yearbooks, plat maps, history books of the area and the state, and much more.  On the main floor you can access microfilm of the Appleton Post-Crescent and earlier newspapers on microfilm, or other newspapers online from the library or from home.

New features for Zinio and IndieFlix

Recently Zinio changed the method of delivering downloadable magazines to library patrons.  Previously you could choose a magazine subscription, which automatically added new issues to your account.  With the new method you log in through the APL Gateway and choose each issue of each magazine separately.  

This makes possible a great new feature--you now have access to back issues.  The number of issues available depends on the publisher, but you should be able to go back at least a year for many magazines.  Click the current cover of the magazine, which will bring up a page with that issue as well as those from the past. 

Zinio magazine 

BAck issues

Click on a cover to checkout and download that issue.

Check out back issue

Read as usual.

 If you are unfamiliar with Zinio, check out the Zinio brochure.


IndieFlix Logo

IndieFlix has an all-new interface which makes it easier to navigate.  They have also retooled the site so it will automatically adjust to the size of the device you are using.  This will make it much easier to watch films.

The toolbar along the left side links you to everything you need.  You can save a list of favorite films in MyFlixDiscover highlights films you may want to watch; in categories like Staff Picks, Trending, and Recently Added.

IndieFlix toolbar

You can still search in All Films, using filters to find the perfect film for you!  Or use Channels to find films by genre, film festival or web series.  There is a regular Search feature as well.

Your settings can be changed in My Account.  You can also set up your Roku or Xbox from here.  It is also the spot to go to when you wish to log out.

If you're new to IndieFlix, check out our brochure.


These features have improved access to both magazines and films, so take advantage of these free films and magazines, available from Appleton Public Library!

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