I use our public library's electronic (computer) account for accessing ebooks (or for hardcopy stuff like reserving books, etc.) -- but the other day I got an email telling me that they now have an online service that lets us view popular magazines. I looked at an issue of Cook's magazine. Didn't seem to be editable (no copying out parts of it). Haven't had time to check it out more but it did appear to have lots of magazines. SO, you might want to call your library and find out what all they are offering nowadays on their web account. I'll post more later when I've had time to do more checking it out.
WI calls their's Badgerlink. Ebscohost is one of the databases and there are TONS of magazines...professional, consumer, blah, blah. If you can't figure out how to get in there, ask your librarian!!! We used to offer a class for patrons and show them what was available.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Yes! Our library uses Zinio for online magazine viewing. All you need is your library card # and PIN. I'm not sure if the available magazines vary from library to library or not, but ours has Cook's Illustrated and a slew of other magazines--maybe 50 total. It's awesome!
So, what do we know about these? Just for reading online, right? No downloading to our own computer OR becoming editable so that we can manipulate the text or copy out any, right? However, what I saw when I peeked at that Cook's issue was awesome in that it looked just like the pages of the magazine. And mags like ATK's are so protective of letting us see their publications normally...unless we pay them $ to. So, this will be a lovely thing to have!!
It may depend on what service your library has, but I tested things out on my library's service (Zinio), and there is a print icon so you can print out articles. There is also a text view which enables you to cut and paste text into a Word document so you can edit it from there. Good stuff!
Zinio is the one our library has. It says over 150 magazines! I haven't a clue what I'm doing at this point, but I do see a Print button and I do have a Text View button (I am viewing a magazine ONLINE--there is an offline thingy, an app, but I haven't been able to get it to install so for now, everything is in my browser window.)
Using the Text View (online) it allows me to highlight text but copying doesn't seem to grab the text. HOWEVER (mama mia!) -- EVERNOTE can grab the text!!!!!!!!!!!!
This Evernote is just bloody amazing!!!!!! It allows me to capture the text...and stores the recipe(s) in my Inbox. SO, I figure I can copy them to my text editor program and go from there getting them into Mastercook or just save or send or keep right there in my recipes in my Evernote folder!!!!
Too exciting! (My heart, my heart. Breath, just breath...)
Edit to say: Evernote is not accepting much of TEXT stuff that I've asked it to (later tonight). So, I think that is not a reliable way to grab recipes from this one tool (Zinia). I got it to grab a few...but there seems to be some protection or obstacle. It's fine for most screenshots, but it's not what I'd hoped for -- for the ONLINE view -- for reading it's great however.
My next step is to call the library and ask about the download aspect of the tool...it looks like I have to go to Chrome store and download an APP that allows the mags to actually go to my computer. Perhaps THEN it will allow copying recipe out to Word or Text. I'll post if I find out anything.
In meantime, if you are able to copy and paste into Word, my question is: is that when you are viewing online OR is that when you download the mag and if it's the latter, HOW did you download it?
As best as I can tell, finally, I have Zinio for Libraries working. The concept is (pretty sure): You can read magazines online for free (while you are online) or, if you setup an account at www.zinio.com using the same name you use at your library, you can download THEIR product for whatever device you want to load mags into. Because you have a zinio account and have installed their program, you can ALSO download the magazine in order to read it when YOU ARE NOT ONLINE.
So, you go to your library, find their online Zinio page, look over the mags and select the ones you want. You can view right then in your browser, if you like. (You need your library card number and pin to get in.)
And if you have gone to www.zinio.com and have used same name as you use at library to establish a free membership in their product, you can then go to your Start button and open the Zinio program that you have installed on your computer...and it will show you the magazines you have said you want (when you were up at the library site)... and it will let you read them or download them and read them.
There is a Print button. I find that the Text button doesn't do much...at least not Copy (no way to extract text that I can find on my installation). It looks to me like the whole thing that is new for Zinio is that they have now allowed folks to READ MAG OFFLINE, that's all.
I expect that what I just wrote is badly put, but at this time, I'm too pooped to read it over. I hope this helps in some way. It appears to be a free online and offline service for reading (perhaps printing too) pages of popular magazines. You need a library that has the zinio service, an account with that library AND with zinio.com PLUS the optional free downloadable app that lets you take the mag to the device you want OFFLINE.