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Backpacker is pleased to offer digital magazines through a partnership with Zinio. For more information on Zinio and how to purchase a digital subscription please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

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What devices can I use to read a digital magazine on Zinio?

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  • iPad & iPhone
  • Android-based smartphones and tablets running Android version 2.2 or later
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Can I get both print and digital?

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Can I convert my print subscription to digital?

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Can I purchase a just a single copy of the digital magazine?

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How do I access my Zinio magazines?

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Can I download Zinio magazines for offline reading?

A: Yes. Instructions on how to download magazines for offline reading are available on Zinio’s website. On a PC or Mac, you will need to download the free Zinio Reader software to be able to read offline. If using a tablet or phone app, the issue will need to be downloaded that way. Once an issue has been completely downloaded, you do not have to be connected to wifi to read. Enjoy reading free of wifi!

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Can I purchase a digital subscription as a gift?

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What if I have more than 1 mobile device? Can I read it on more than 1 platform?

A: Absolutely. We encourage reading your favorite publications on more than 1 device. With Zinio’s Unity Platform, all you will need to download is the Zinio app on all platforms (except PC/Mag) and login your same login credentials. You will find your library on your multiple devices anytime, anywhere.


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