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Zinio LLC
Type Private
Industry Digital publishing
Founded 2001 (2001)
Founders Kevin McCurdy, Rich Maggiotto
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Area served International
Key people

Arthur Becker (CEO)

David Gilmour (Chairman)
Owners Gilvest LP
Employees 200+
Website www.zinio.com

Zinio is a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines, with more than 5,500 magazines from a wide range of publishers.[1]

Users can access their magazines through a web browser or on custom apps for Apple iOS, Android and Windows 8 smartphones and tablets, and download magazines to read offline. Magazines, including back issues, may be purchased individually or through subscriptions, with new issues downloading automatically. Zinio is accessible in 33 languages.[1] Also, in 2011, Zinio began partnering with Recorded Books to offer "Zinio for Libraries", a service that allows public libraries in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US to grant patrons access to full digital issues of selected magazines via a digital catalog, with the use of a library card[2] and without "holds, checkout periods, or maximum quantities".[3]


Founded in 2001 by Kevin McCurdy, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, and Taipei.[4] Since 2007, the company has been privately held by Gilvest LP, an investment entity owned by entrepreneur and businessman David Gilmour.[5]

The company previously owned BlueDolphin, a magazine subscription company, but this was sold in January 2007 to M2 Media Group.[6]


The Zinio service includes the sections "Explore", "Read", and "Shop". More than 3,000 articles are available daily through the website or smartphone/tablet apps.[1] Magazines—single issues and subscriptions—are downloaded to the reading list, and available via app or web browser.[7] Issues can be downloaded and read offline on mobile devices as well.[7]

In the Shop section, users can browse the digital newsstand by category or search directly for a magazine title or keyword.[citation needed] The search filters can be set for country (Canada, UK, US, and more) of publication, language, and date of publication. Zinio readers can sign into their Zinio accounts with their Facebook logins and share articles from the Zinio app.[7]

Platforms and availability[edit]

Material hosted by Zinio can be read on a computer or device running a Web browser and with Adobe Flash installed, and by apps for Android devices, the Apple iPad and iPhone, Windows 8, and Windows RT.[8] Before 2012 the Zinio Reader was not compatible with Windows Mobile, Blackberry (or other PDA's) or reading devices such as the Sony Reader, Nooks or original Kindle, although the company planned to include more mobile devices. An app for the BlackBerry PlayBook was to become available "sometime in 2012".[8] A user's reading list is accessible through any device set up with their Zinio account.


Since 2012, Zinio has been accused of soliciting subscribers for subscription renewals up to four months in advance.[9]



  1. ^ a b c "Zinio Named Best iOS Magazine App During The Best App Ever Awards At The Mobile World Congress". www.zinio.com. 28 February 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-03-09. 
  2. ^ Michael Kozlowski (June 25, 2011). "Zinio to bring a magazine lending program to libraries". Goodreader. 
  3. ^ "Zino: The world's largest newsstand is now available for your library. (Offer your patrons access to thousands of complete digital magazines.)". RecordedBooks.com. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Empresa | Revistas digitales y eBooks de Zinio". Es.zinio.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Zinio partly dismantled, and sold to Gilvest". Venture Beat. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "M2 Media Group acquires online magazine BlueDolphin.com". Venture Beat. 21 January 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "About". www.zinio.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. 
  8. ^ a b Zinio FAQs
  9. ^ "Newsstand vs. Next Issue vs. Zinio: magazine subscription apps for iPad shootout!". 

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