Current options to have ebrary book read aloud

Currently we have several options to having ebrary books read aloud:

  • We can set your personal instance of ebrary to a screen-readable text format.  Once that is turned on, it will display simple screen-readable text that can be read by programs such as NVDA or JAWS.  We find that many users who require online reading of text are already familiar with these products.  Note, we are currently improving our screen-readable mode to be easier to use with screen readers; the new version should be available late 2014 or early 2015.
  • Another option is to do a full download of the book, if it is available for the book in question.  Then as long as you are using Adobe Digital Editions version 2 or 3 or later, that text is screen readable.  This option requires no special setting on the ebrary side.
  • A third option is to do a print to PDF of a particular page range of the book, then try using it with Kurzweil 3000, a popular “read aloud” program. While we do not yet certify nor guarantee that it will work with Kurzweil 3000, we know it works on many of our PDFs, depending on how the PDF file was delivered to us from the publisher.  Free trials of Kurzweil 3000 are available for download off the web.

Eventually we plan to offer epub format which will provide flowable text and will make more read-aloud options available.

 

ebrary MARC auto-update for September 2014

ebrary MARC record pages were auto-updated on 2014-09-25.  And the OCLC numbers have been added for new-to-ebrary titles.

If your ebrary MARC records page did not auto-update on this date, it is most likely because you had manually updated earlier in the month.

You can manually update your ebrary MARC records page at any time by clicking the “Update MARC Data” button.  If there have been any changes since the previous dated/time-stamped line, a new dated/time-stamped line will be created with the additions and deletions since then

Note, we post information about significant additions to and deletions from ebrary subscription collections in the category:  “Content News”.  RSS feeds are available for Platform News, MARC News, and Content News.

 

ebrary MARC auto-update for August 2014

ebrary MARC record pages were auto-updated on 2014-08-21.

If your ebrary MARC records page did not auto-update on this date, it is most likely because you had manually updated earlier in the month.

You can manually update your ebrary MARC records page at any time by clicking the “Update MARC Data” button.  If there have been any changes since the previous dated/time-stamped line, a new dated/time-stamped line will be created.

Note, we post information about significant additions to and deletions from ebrary subscription collections in the category:  “Content News”.  RSS feeds are available for Platform News, MARC News, and Content News.

 

 

Getting started with ebrary and the new reader

Getting Started:

ebrary is browser-based, make sure yours is up to date >more info

If you are ON CAMPUS, you can do the following without signing in:

  • Browse for books
    • To list all books:  Leave search box empty, click “Search”
    • To search for text:  Type word(s) in search box, click “Search”
    • To search in specific fields:  Click “Advanced”, click triangle to select field, enter terms to search for in the field, click “Search”
  • Open a book:  Click on its title or cover (goes to Detail Page)  >more info
  • Read the book online:  Once open, click “Read Online” button
    • For navigation tips, see  >more info
    • If book isn’t available to “Read Online”, see  >more info
  • Jump to sections of the book using the live Table of Contents links
  • Search within the book:  Use  >more info
  • Copy text:  Select the text, then click  “Copy”
  • Print:  Click  “Print to PDF”  >more info
  • Chapter/pages download:  Click   “Chapter Download”  >more info
  • Create a page-specific link to a book:  Click   “Share Link”  >more info
  • Get a citation for a book:  Click “Get Citation”  >more info

 

Once you sign in (by clicking “Sign In” at top right), additional options are available:

  • Save link to a book to your bookshelf:  Click  “Add to Bookshelf”
  • Create and save a link to a particular chapter:
    • Add the page number of the chapter manually at the end of the URL in the format:&ppg=nn >more info
  • Add notes or highlight:  Click “Add Note”, “Highlight” >more info
  • Full Download a book:  Click “Full Download”
    • For off-line reading on your computer >more info
    • For off-line reading on your mobile device >more info
    • If book isn’t available for “Full Download”, see  >more info

If you are OFF CAMPUS, you’ll need to figure out what type of remote access your library has provided for access to the ebrary site.

  • If you enter the regular URL of the ebrary site, which will start with http://site.ebrary.com/lib/…
    • If it prompts you for a login, you’re set.  Just enter your school login and you’ll be given access to the ebrary site, and you’ll be signed in to your personal ebrary account.
    • If it says “Unauthorized access“:
      • Go to your library’s website and look for a link to ebrary, try under “Databases”.  Clicking that link will likely prompt you to login with your school credentials to access the ebrary site. (Once on the ebrary site, you’ll still need to sign in to your personal ebrary account by clicking “Sign In” at the top right.

To navigate ebrary, use the tabs across the top of the ebrary window:

  • Home” tab:  The landing page for your library’s ebrary site
  • Search” tab:  Additional search tools, and a history of your recent searches
  • Bookshelf” tab:  Links to ebrary books you’ve saved, and your annotations

Additional materials:

On-line training sessions

     

     

     

     

ebrary search is now accent insensitive

This greatly improves the ease and comprehensiveness of searching in ebrary.

It means you no longer have to enter accent marks or other diacritics to find, for example, titles or authors with accented words or names.

Examples:

  • Searching for Author = Cecile de Cat
    • Returns books whose metadata list the author as either:
      • Cecile de Cat
      • Cécile de Cat
  • Searching for Title = Español
    • Returns titles whose metadata list the title as, for example:
      • Camino al Espanol : A Comprehensive Course in Spanish
      • Dictionary of Mathematics (English – Spanish || Spanish-English) : Diccionario de Matemáticas (Español – Inglés || Inglés – Español)