Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Read free magazines from Zinio with Firefox

Zinio is a site that offers popular magazines in digital format. They also offer a handful of these high-quality magazines for iPhone users for FREE via Zinio Labs.

Magazines included are Men's Health, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Photography, Elle and a whole lot more including Penthouse and Playboy.

These magazines can only be viewed using an iPhone browser though. Go ahead and try visiting The Zinio Mobile Newstand now. Nothing huh? But there's a way though.

We need to have our Firefox to simulate as an iPhone browser. Here's how it's done.

First, download a Firefox add-on called User Agent Switcher. This allows your Firefox to quickly switch to different browser environments (Opera, IE7, etc.). Since it doesn't have the iPhone browser included by default, we need to add it.

Go to Tools > User Agent Switcher > Options > Options

In the User Agent Switcher window, click Add.

In the Edit User Agent, enter these info:

Description: iPhone (or whatever name you want to call it)
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419 (United States)

Then click Ok.

Try accessing Zinio Labs now. You will be greeted with the full current edition of magazines in digital format. Click on the one you like and enjoy reading! Don't forget to switch your browser back to Default when you're done.

Credits goes to iSmashPhone.

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