In addition to zooming in and out, reading, and downloading, ebooks are fully searchable and can be annotated, bookmarked, and highlighted by users. Users can search for terms in a single book, across their purchased titles, or across the full site. Users can also print a limited number of pages for select titles.
Widgets make reviewing and referencing our ebooks easy. They enable you to look at cover art, tables of contents, and ViewInside preview pages. They may also offer full content search. You can embed them in your own website or blog; email them to friends; or share them on such social networks as Myspace, Facebook, Shelfari, LibraryThing, Digg, or Delicious.
Adobe® Digital Editions software offers an engaging way to view and manage ebooks and other digital publications. It can be used to download, purchase, organize and annotate digital content, and supports industry-standard ebook formats, including PDF and EPUB. To download Adobe Digital Editions for free, please click here.
What are the differences among ViewInside, iOffline and the Adobe Digital Editions ebook reader?
ViewInside offers users the opportunity to sample ebook content online without committing to a purchase. Readers can explore a limited number of pages of each title, search within the content, and change viewing options. Users who purchase an ebook receive offline access to the complete text using either iOffline or Adobe Digital Editions, depending on the digital rights management (DRM) requirements of the publisher. In both readers, users can bookmark, make notes, and highlight.
On each ebook’s product page, there is a link either to the publisher’s own print catalog and/or to the Harvard Book Store’s Espresso Book Machine (EBM). If linked to the EBM page, it means the publisher has opted to make their books available using print-on-demand (POD).
An ebook is an electronic version of a book. ProtoBooks allows users to read publications on any screen with a browser that supports Flash. Some of our titles are also available for download-only; these are legible on any device that supports Adobe Digital Editions. Our ebooks have the look of print books, with the layout, figures and images intact. Users can opt to see one page at a time or two-page spreads, and can zoom in for close study. Users can read ebooks online or download them to computers for offline reading.
What are the technical requirements for ProtoBooks?
Online viewing: Computer or device with Internet connection and current web browser:
Internet Explorer: Version 6.0 , 7.0, 8.0 Firefox: Version 3.0 & up Opera: Version 9.0 & up Google Chrome: Version 2.0 & up Safari: Version 3.0 & up
For full functionality, Flash Version 9 & up. There is a limited HTML-based view for users and devices without Flash, such as the iPad and iPhone.
Offline viewing: ProtoBooks offers two options for offline viewing, depending on whether the publisher wants their ebooks available for download only, or for download as well as online viewing. This is a choice each publisher makes, and has to do with the digital rights management (DRM) of their content.
Download only (PC or Mac): ebooks that are available for download only list “eBook (DRM)” or “PDF (DRM)” as the format on their product pages. To view ebooks with DRM, you must first download Adobe Digital Editions (free) prior to downloading your ebook.
Download and Online (PC or Mac): Go to the My Bookshelf page and click on the link to download iOffline. Follow the prompts to download and install the iOffline Reader and the Adobe AIR program. Then when you log in to ProtoBooks, all of your titles will be available to you for offline viewing.
How do I add bookmarks and my personal notes throughout my ebook?
To bookmark an entire page, navigate to it and click the bookmark icon that appears on the right-hand side of the top panel. This will open a small window which will allow you to input and save your personal notes.
In Adobe Digital Editions:
You can also bookmark a specific phrase on a page: do this simply by highlighting the text you’d like to bookmark, and clicking the bookmark icon in the top panel.
To view all your bookmarks in a single list, click the bookmark icon that appears in the left-hand navigation bar, above the book’s title and cover image.
Online Viewing and iOffline Reader:
To bookmark a page, navigate to it and click the bookmark icon that appears in the top panel immediately to the right of page number and page count. This will automatically open a popup window with a “Description” field where you can add notes.
To view all your bookmarks in a single list, click the bookmark icon that appears on the left hand side of the reader, just below the search box.
To make a note, click on the notes icon (a little pencil) that appears in the top panel immediately to the right of the bookmark icon. Clicking this icon presents a dropdown menu with three options: "Add a note," "Show all notes," and "Hide all notes."
Add a Note: this turns your cursor into a yellow post-it note icon. Click on the spot in the prose where you would like the note to reside. This opens a popup window where you can enter a Title and a Description for your note. Be sure to click “Save” at the bottom when you’re finished.
Show All Notes: By clicking this, you are making all the yellow post-it note icons you’ve placed throughout the ebook visible to you.
Hide All Notes: By clicking this, you are making all the yellow post-it note icons throughout the book invisible. Note: you are not deleting your notes, you are only hiding them.
To view all your notes in a single list, click the notes icon that appears on the left hand side of the reader, below the search box and to the right of the bookmark icon.
To highlight text, click the i-beam or insert cursor icon that appears in the top panel immediately to the right of the notes icon. This will turn your cursor into an i-beam, or insert cursor. Then simply highlight the text.
To view all your highlights in a single list, click the i-beam or insert cursor icon that appears on the left hand side of the reader, below the search box and to the right of the notes icon.
The right-hand side of the top panel allows you to change your view of
the book by clicking on one of its icons. Rolling over the icons before
clicking will initiate a pop-up burst indicating what that particular
icon does. From left to right, these icons are:
Print (may be disabled as per publisher’s DRM policy - see the About
ebooks page for more information)
Fit Double Pages (view two pages at once)
Fit Single Page (view one page at a time)
Fit to Width (expands single page to fill Adobe window)
Custom Fit (allows you to zoom in on portions of a page)
Online Viewing and iOffline Reader:
The top panel allows you to change your view of the book by clicking the
icons. Scrolling over the icons before clicking will initiate a pop-up
burst indicating what that particular icon can change. These include:
Type a search term or phrase in the search text box that appears on the far right of the top panel (where it says “Find”), and hit Enter or Return. This will automatically call up the first page in your ebook that contains your search term, with the search term highlighted. To scroll through your search results, click the arrows located immediately to the right of the search text box.
Online Viewing and iOffline Reader:
Type a search term or phrase in the search text box that appears on the far left of the top panel (where it says “Search”), and click the “Go” button to the right. You can also search through your bookmarks, notes, and highlights without searching the ebook’s text by clicking their respective icons in the left hand panel, and typing your search term or phrase into the search text box that appears above the list of bookmarks, notes, or highlights and below the general search text box in the top panel.
You can share our ebooks through our ViewInside previews, and through our interactive widgets.
In a ViewInside, you can email the ebook preview to a friend by clicking on the envelope icon on the upper right. To post to a social networking site or to embed the ViewInside widget code into your own website, click the + icon on the upper right.
In a widget there are three buttons along the bottom: E-mail to Friend, Share This, and Buy.
E-mail to Friend: by clicking this button, you can share via email a preview of our ebooks.
Share This: by clicking this button, you are given the option to share the ebook through numerous social media outlets, including Facebook, MySpace, Amazon, and Shelfari (to name a few).
You can also embed the widget directly into your website, allowing your site visitors to preview the ebook directly on your site. To do this:
Click the “Share This” button in the widget. Below the icons for the various social networking websites, a hotlink appears: “Get Widget Code.”
Once you click this link, you are prompted to select the size (dimensions) of the widget. Clicking the “Copy the Code” button automatically copies it to your clipboard, so you can paste it directly into your site’s code.
Click on the “My Folder” link and choose the “Profile Setting”
option. From the drop down list, choose “Change Password”, enter a new
password and click “OK”. Your password will be reset to the new
How you access your ebook depends on how the publisher has chosen to distribute it. In ProtoBooks, there are two options for access: online and offline.
To download your ebook, login to your ProtoBooks account and click “Bookshelf” on the upper right. This will bring you to a page listing all the ebooks you have purchased so far.
Below the description of each ebook, there is either a “Download PDF” or “Download eBook” link. “PDF” and “eBook” refer to the file format in which your ebook appears.
Online: ebooks available for online viewing are described as such in the file format column on their product pages. Please see the technical requirements listed above to ensure ease of accessibility.
Online/Offline: Any ebook that you can view online can also be downloaded and viewed offline on your computer via the iOffline Reader, and any comments, bookmarks or annotations you make will automatically sync between the on- and offline versions once you are online again. To do this, go to the My Bookshelf page and click on the link to download iOffline. Follow the prompts to download and install the iOffline Reader and the Adobe AIR program. Then when you log in to ProtoBooks, all of your titles will be available to you for offline viewing.