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etextbook technologies

Technology for etextbooks

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Digital texts are becoming increasingly popular with students and publishers.  In fact, some publishers no longer offer print versions of their texts. IF you don't already own a tablet, you may want to consider investing in an eReader such as a Kindle or Nook. The least expensive devices are about $80, so you will quickly recover your investment.  ebook reader applications are able to support multiple file formats, including .pdf,.mobi and .epub.    You can learn more about the differences between .pdf and .epub formats in Diego Bonilla's video -Reading on electronic devices.  

The best ebook Readers of 2017

ebook reader software

Detailed comparisons of Android ebook reader applications

Detailed comparisons of iOS ebook reader applications

Free tools for annotating PDFs

Reading PDF files can be done in many applications, but a lot of those apps aren't free and don’t include annotation tools. This article reviews 20 free apps that allow you to add text notes, bookmark , highlight or underline text.  

Mendeley

Mendeley is one of the most powerful tools, and is available for desktops, iOS and Android Devices. It allows you to discover research papers and other content, create a personal library of this content, create citations for your papers and collaborate with others.  

But it also lets you drag & drop PDFs into your library, where you can highlight and annotate them.

Use more than one computer?  No problem! Download Mendeley Desktop to as many computers as you want, then sync them with one click.  Mendeley Web gives you access to your citations no matter what computer your are using.

Download and learn to  use Mendeley

etextbook platforms

If you're buying your etextbooks through Barnes and Noble, Follett or McGraw Hill, your book will be delivered through their free ebook platform. While all of these platforms offer the ability to annote, bookmark and search, they all operate somewhat differently. Below are short demos for the most common etextbook platforms.   


Barnes and Noble Yuzu

Follett BryteWave

McGraw-Hill SmartBook