Bookshelf limits

There is no limit to the total number of books (i.e., links to books) you can save to your bookshelf.

However, only about 250 books can be at any one level.  If you have more than that at a single level, you may start to lose information from the last titles in the list.

The solution is to nest the books in your bookshelf into folders.  You could, for example, create subject folders or alphabet folders (e.g., folder “A-C” for all titles that begin with one of those letters).

In summary, it is important to put your books into folders so you’ve never got more than about 200 at any single level.

To copy and paste (and optionally print) Notes in your ebrary Bookshelf

One of the easiest ways to copy a lot of notes and highlights at once is from your bookshelf tab as follows:

  1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in
  2. Go to your Bookshelf tab
  3. Drag over all the highlights and Notes
  4. Use control-c to copy them
  5. Go to a text document and paste

For the first several notes and highlights in each book, this will paste the full note and the first line of highlights into the text document.  You can then, for example, print the text document.

To highlight text in a book

To highlight text in a book, you’ll need to first sign in to your personal ebrary account (or create one if you don’t already have one).

To highlight text in an ebrary book, drag across the desired text, then click the highlight icon.

You can  choose a regular highlight (just color the selected text), or an annotated highlight (the selected text is highlighted and a note field pops up that you can enter text into, the note is attached to the highlighted text).

To change the color of the highlight, or to switch between plain highlights and annotated highlights, click the down-triangle to the right of the highlight icon.

Once you make a highlight in a book, a link to that book is automatically saved to your bookshelf.

Highlights are primarily for on-line viewing.  Highlights do not show when you print a page.  Highlights cannot be exported, and there is not an option to print the full text of all your highlights.

To view a full list of the first line of each of the highlights you’ve made in a book, open the book, then click the “Notes” tab to the right of the book.  To go to a particular highlight, click on it in the list – you will be taken to that page in the book.

To get a copy of the first line and page number of all your highlights, open the book, then click on the “Notes” tab to the right of the book.  This will display the first line of all your highlights, including the page number of the highlighted text.  You can then drag over the listed highlights, copy them, and paste them into a text document where you can save or print the list.

To search just within titles you’ve saved in your Bookshelf

1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in to your personal ebrary account

2. Click on “Advanced” next to the Simple Search field at the top

3. Set the first line of the search to “Collection” is “My Bookshelf”

4. Use the “+” button to add additional search lines

5. Add your search criteria

6. Click the “Search” button below your search criteria

To delete a book from your Bookshelf, or to remove it from a Bookshelf Folder

Delete a book from your Bookshelf:

  • If you have a book at the top-level of your Bookshelf – that is, in “Folder: Unclassified Documents & Annotations”, you can delete it from your Bookshelf by clicking the small trash-can icon to the far right of the title.

Remove a book from a folder:

  • If you have a book in one of your Bookshelf folders, you can remove it from the folder by clicking on the small red “x” to the far right of the title.
  • This does not delete it from your Bookshelf, it just takes it out of the folder and moves it to “Folder: Unclassified Documents & Annotations”

Note that even though we refer to having a “book” in your Bookshelf, it is actually just a link to the book (like a shortcut).