Digital magazine newsstand Flipster to replace RBdigital in the Helmet e-library

Customers of Helmet libraries gained access to a new digital magazine newsstand, Flipster, on 1 July 2019. At the same time, access to the e-magazine service RBdigital ended at Helmet libraries. The range of magazines remained almost the same, with the exception of the economics and finance magazine The Economist, to which RBdigital holds exclusive distribution rights. Access to RBdigital ended on 30 June.

Easier reading

Flipster makes reading digital magazines easier than ever by allowing you to read magazines directly in your Internet browser, without needing to download a separate app or reader or set up a separate user account. The only thing you need to log in to the service is your Helmet library card number. You don’t even need to enter your PIN.

Reading magazines in a browser requires an Internet connection.

Helmet offers you access to dozens of different magazines via Flipster. The magazines available are digital facsimiles of print magazines. The selection includes specialist magazines in a wide range of different areas, from entertainment to hobbies and from politics to economics. The magazines available include Science, Hollywood Reporter, Wired, The New Yorker and Peope.

Foreign digital magazines and newspapers in three services

Foreign digital magazines and newspapers are now available via three different services: Flipster, OverDrive and PressReader, the latter having been available for a while now.

PressReader offers access to foreign newspapers and magazines as well. The service includes thousands of newspapers and magazines from 120 countries and in 60 different languages.

Newspapers available include The Guardian, Svenska Dagbladet and The Washington Post, while magazines available include e.g. Forbes, the BBC’s hobby magazines,  All about History, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Popular Mechanics. OverDrive has more than 3000 magazines including The Economist.

Selection of Finnish digital magazines expanding

The range of Finnish digital magazines is expanding with the addition of 13 A-lehdet publications to the Emagz service. As a result, you can now read magazines such as Apu, Avotakka and Tuulilasi via Emagz. The whole selection includes over 70 specialist magazines in various areas, including Suomen Kuvalehti, Gloria and Seura.

You can read all of the above-mentioned magazines and newspapers free of charge via Helmet’s e-library (

Instructions for remote access of e-magazines

Read magazines on Flipster

Read newspapers and magazines on PressReader

Read magazines on Emagz

Photo: Maarit Hohteri / City of Helsinki