The University Libraries is currently evaluating BrowZine, developed by Third Iron. This free app allows the Ball State community to access and read e-Journal content on Apple mobile devices, Android tablets and smartphones, and Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Libraries previously evaluated BrowZine in 2013, and while feedback was overwhelmingly positive, users believed that the app would be more useful with an increased number of available journals.
Using Ball State credentials within the BrowZine app, users can find journals by subject or title, browse complete issues, and then start reading individual articles. BrowZine’s My Bookshelf feature allows users to save and organize favorite journals. Future plans for BrowZine include a “My Account” feature, allowing users to use a browser-based version BrowZine as well.
As with many other apps, users can perform additional tasks as they read articles in BrowZine, such as emailing or saving individual articles, sharing on Facebook and Twitter, and opening articles in other apps such as Adobe Reader, Kindle, Dropbox, Evernote, and many more. The app also features Bibliographic Management options at the article level, allowing users to easily save articles to Zotero and Mendeley. The Apple app offers EndNote integration, which will be added to the Android and Kindle versions in the future.
To try this new app, download BrowZine from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon appstore for Android. We’ll be evaluating this through December 6, 2015, and would welcome your feedback – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.