Reading Magazines is always interesting & a good source of knowledge. You can read latest issue of popular magazines like PC Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Mac World, Reader’s Digest, Popular Photography, etc up to 23 magazines for free.
Zinio offers free access to the digital prints of popular magazines only to the iPhone users, however you can read and download these high resolution magazines for free from your browser. What you actually have to do is trick the website that you are using iPhone browser. If you are Firefox user you can do this by using User Agent addon. Lets see how it is done in Firefox.
Step1: Download User Agent addon from Firefox addon site.
Step2: After installing restart your brower, goto Tools > Default User Agent > User Agent Switcher > Options.
Step3: In the Options window, select New>New User Agent.
Step4: In the Description: field add “iPhone Win XP” without quotations.
Step5: Add the following text In the User Agent: field
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543 Safari/419.3
and click OK to close the User Agent Switcher Options window.
Step6: Now switch user agent from default to iPhone via Tools > User Agent Switcher > iPhone Win XP to activate it.
Step7: Just go to the link http://imgs.zinio.com/iphone/ to read 23 popular magazines. Enjoy.
When you click on any magazine you will be asked to enter email address to get latest iPhone updates from Zinio, if you don’t want to give email id, just type any letters that are in email address format like email@example.com to bypass. You have to confirm your age if you want to access PlayBoy and PentHouse magazines.
Apple Safari has built in User Agent switcher in the Develop menu, for more info see How to read popular magazines on your desktop for free – by Amit agarwal.
Chrome users has to do some work around see this article Change Google Chrome User-Agent String, Read popular Magazines for free – by Andrew.