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FREE Choice Magazines Online (Downloadable via Flipster App) @ Melbourne City Library

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as with zinio, magazines can be viewed via the web and downloaded via an app:

  1. Download the free Flipster app onto your mobile device. Supported devices are: iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini, Android tablets, Android phones and Kindle Fire.

  2. Join Melbourne City Library (free membership).

  3. Using your device’s internet browser, go to the Library's Flipster magazine collection.

  4. Select a magazine and view the current issue. The magazine opens in the mobile browser.

  5. Tap the menu in the upper left hand corner and select Open in App. The Flipster app opens and downloads the magazine.

  6. Once the download has completed, select the magazine and read it offline.

  7. In the browser, select All Issues from the menu to view more issues of the same magazine.

  8. You can manage your downloaded magazines at any time. Re-read a favourite or delete unwanted issues.

Choice Computer is also available via Monash Public Library Service.

Anyone know who has Choice Health Reader?


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Note: If you enjoy Choice, please feel free to subscribe to their service especially as they are a non-profit.

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Comments

  • +1 vote

    This looks good, would be handy having choice on my device so that when we get those 20% off sales I can check what is the best appliance to buy on an impulse, rather than having to go into the library.

  • +1 vote

    To get to the magazines page, go to Melbourne Library (google to get link), on the left click eLibrary, eNewspapers and eMagazines, then Choice and enter your library number.

  • +2 votes

    Choice bro! Looks like it works from interstate also and you can view online.

  • +3 votes

    Only shows Choice Magazine for October - is there a way of viewing older editions as well…?

    • +1 vote

      Do this through the browser, not the app. All Issues is just above Open in App.

      (7) In the browser, select All Issues from the menu to view more issues of the same magazine.

      (8) You can manage your downloaded magazines at any time. Re-read a favourite or delete unwanted issues.

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    Sweet thanks!

  • +11 votes

    It's getting Ozbargained already (browser viewing)

    "All available copies for the Oct 2015 issue of Choice are currently in use."

    • +1 vote

      LOL

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    Can someone please let me know how to download the magazines? I don't seem to be able to find any way

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      If you download the Android or iOS version I believe you can download them for offline reading as I seem to remember in the past saving some magazines onto my tablet for an international flight.

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      have you tried following the instructions as per the deal description? :)

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    Great post, OP! I was just looking for some Choice reviews. This shows current year only - no access to 2014 magazines. It's been many years since I read Choice magazine, and I found that the test reports are now very brief. They don't explain how they test, and have a write-up only of the most recommended. A couple of lines about each of the other models tested, but no commentary on why they rated poorly. I don't know if this info is available on the website, because I have no access.

    Disappointed with Choice magazine.

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      Disappointed with Choice magazine.

      Another failed review for Choice magazine…

    • +3 votes

      Maybe they'd be able to go into more depth for you if people like you actually paid for the work they do?

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        I've been paying them for couple of years and instead of going in depth they actually became like a mini SBS newspaper, just write "worldly" short articles on anything rather than thorough, fully up to date reviews of household goods.
        Half the time, when I saw some exciting product being discounted on ozbargain, there is no Choice review on that specific model.

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          I've been a subscriber for years now also.
          I didn't say they do do in depth like they used to.
          What I said was maybe they could go into more depth if people actually paid for the work they do.

          Instead of people freeloading, then being 'disappointed' with what they are offering.

      • +4 votes

        I used to subscribe, damoo, years ago. We subscribed to the print version, back when reports were pages long, and well explained. I remember a massive study on shampoos, maybe two hundred different brands, all dosed into individual unidentified sachets, tested at home by hundreds of volunteers over a period of months. A monster effort from Choice. The write-up was excellent as well, very detailed methodology and very detailed results and analysis. Back then, choice was excellent.

        Then I subscribed to online version when it first became available, but by then the tests were already going downhill. The number of samples or models of electrical appliances was limited; every so often they would add a few more models and sell that as an 'update' but tests were never as extensive, and the results were brief and analysis was superficial, hardly worth reading. So I cancelled all subscriptions.

        Choice used to be my bible for researching things to buy. Nothing has come close to replacing it.

    • +5 votes

      Plus nowadays they seem to be more concerned with 'trendy' environmental issues and activism: free range eggs, cheap labor market overseas, rather than focusing on what made them big: reviewing household goods. Last time I was in the market for deep fryer, hot plate sandwich toasters, shavers, electric toothbrushes, I find the reviews lacking. They reviewed iphones etc from time to time, but don't do in depth review of the product's competitors. Technology isn't their strong suit.

      My renewal is due this week and I'm considering pulling the plug.

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        Choice started as a consumer advocacy group and always has been. Providing consumers information and campaigning on their behalf has always been a primary goal of the organisation.

      • +5 votes

        environmental issues and activism: free range eggs, cheap labor market overseas

        I think you'll find that they are more concerned with the consumer aspects of these issues. For example, free rages eggs might be good or bad, and personally I don't care. But if you're selling "free range eggs" at a premium then consumers should expect that they be free range.

        Likewise with overseas food, I assume that's what you mean with "cheap labor market overseas". I think you'll find choice advocating for stronger labeling laws to allow consumers to make their own decisions. Rather than hiding behind claims like "made in Australia from local and overseas ingredients"

        • +1 vote

          I'm referring to articles like:
          - how do Fairtrade organisations and Rainforest Alliance operate? What are all those fancy labels that gets printed on your milk chocolate packaging ?
          - article solely focusing the official statements of 5-8 clothing companies about where they sourced their garments
          - how many KMs did your processed food travelled to get to you ?
          - how much $ do Bangladeshi textile workers earn ?
          - fishery certifications and what do the logos mean ?
          - an article where a volunteer family had tested a vehicle (people mover) and their comments on it. It was just a single model and felt random to have that included in the mag.

          While its true that a segment of their reader base are concerned about these topics and deem it important, but what is the ratio of those who do and those who'd rather Choice not focus so much on this?

          I do agree that it is wrong for egg suppliers to scam consumers when it comes to the 'free range' labelling.

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          @payton:

          Again, in most of your examples, Choice is looking at the claims made by companies in their attempts to convince consumers to buy their products. Then checking those claims against reality. It's a little nuanced and I'll agree, sometimes they do get close to the line on advocating for a particular issue. e.g. on an issue like child exploitation, where it is illegal under ours and international laws. They have taken a position of shining a light on the facts that a lot of people might not have realised.

          In some of your examples i'm not actually aware of choice campaigning on. Food distance? unless it was a claim of "local" being investigated I can't remember choice saying that processed food shouldn't travel far. But happy to be shown wrong if you've got an example.

          Regarding ratios of people concerned about different topics, that's a difficult question and It's also difficult to get right. Often they will uncover an issue that consumers didn't even know about. Such as the LG fridges cheating on the energy efficiency testing to get a better star rating (hello Volkswagen!). They need make a judgement call about what they think consumers care about, before consumers are even aware.

    • +1 vote

      They don't explain how they test

      Huh? Every review has a section titled How We Test

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      Conspiracy theory: Choice has been infiltrated by "special interests"

  • +1 vote

    Good resource, my girlfriend will be happy when I tell her she can read Cosmopolitan for free :)

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    Does anyone know in what format they are stored on the mobile device? Can they be uploaded to a desktop and stored / viewed there?

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      they're stored in the flipster app - don't know if they can be extracted?

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    :-( My Android tablet is not compatible for Flipster.

    Might be time to upgrade with good guys deal on eBay? :-)

  • +1 vote

    Real people reviews VS Choice? Glad I have the choice.

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    http://i.imgur.com/fXAJKjk.jpg
    This flyer came with the latest issue.
    "
    Do you give a cluck about real free-range eggs?
    Help CHOICE fund a billboard and get a 'Give a Cluck' merchandise for every donation"
    PUC-CUCK!

  • +2 votes

    If you're a member of Melbourne City Library, you also get access to the entire Lynda.com library. See here

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      I have access to Lynd.com at work, it is great. Thanks for pointing that out.

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        It really is! Much better content than Udemy as well! Cheers.

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    Google vs Choice. I know what what choice I should make

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    Is this a ongoing program or it's a time limited promotion?

    • +1 vote

      ongoing :)

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        Thanks mate

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    Is there a similar service available for offline issues for a desktop PC?

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    Anyone notice there is only the latest issue available now?

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      Select a magazine and view the current issue. The magazine opens in the mobile browser.

      Tap the menu in the upper left hand corner

      select All Issues from the menu to view more issues of the same magazine.

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        Thanks, rings a bell now. Not sure if you always had to do that do that, but thanks.

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    Still working. Signed up even though I reside in NSW