Earlier this week, Zinio released its digital magazine service in the Amazon Appstore. At the time, it was believed Zinio would work with the Kindle Fire, but it turned out to be incompatible for some reason. Zinio still offered new customers that registered for its service $25 in Z-Bucks to use in the Zinio store on individual magazines or subscriptions. If you’ve been wondering where your $25 credit is, check you inbox right now.
It took about 48 hours before my Zinio credit arrived. It was filtered into my spam folder, so make sure you check those too. The credit will have to be redeemed on Zinio’s website before you can use it. Also, Z-Bucks can’t be used within the iOS or Android apps. You’ll have to purchase magazines on a desktop, then go into the Zinio app to download the magazine to your device.
Some magazines have an option for stripping out the magazine format and presenting the text in an easy to read way for smartphones and tablets. Other magazines, such as Wired, don’t have that option. You’ll have to zoom in to read all the words, which really just make it seem like a PDF file.
Before you download a magazine, it’s best to read up a bit on its presentation before committing.