Improved viewing options and text quality

We have focused on text quality and viewing options, including increasing and optimizing the default zoom level for the user when entering the book, while adding easy controls to increase or decrease zoom levels, fit-to-width or fit-to-page. In addition, you can dismiss the side panel to increase the viewing pane for the book.

We also added a continuous scroll. And we retained page-by-page navigation but improved its placement so that no matter where you are on the page, the controls are readily accessible. Go to page continues to be an option as well.


Supported devices

The new reader was designed from the beginning for a variety of digital access points.

Knowing that today’s students prefer to use laptops and tablets to do their research, in the library or off campus, we optimized for these devices.

We plan to have the new Reader certified on a variety of devices, from large displays, to smaller laptops, and on tablets including: iPad®, Samsung Galaxy® and Windows® Surface.


Annotations – notes and highlights

To highlight text:

  • Select the text to highlight, click Highlight
  • 3 colors to choose from!

To un-highlight text you’ve highlighted:

  • Option 1:
    • Double-click the highlighted text to select it
    • A trash icon will appear
    • Click the trash icon to clear the highlight
  • Option 2:
    • Click on the Annotations” side-panel
    • All your highlights will be listed there
    • Click to select the text fragment in the list that indicates the highlighted text to un-highlight
    • Click the trash icon

If you have highlighted a section multiple times, you will need to
un-highlight multiple times for the text to no longer show as highlighted.

To add a note:

  • Select the text to make a note about, click Add note
  • The text for notes will always be highlighted in yellow

Annotations are listed in Annotations” side-panel when viewing a book.
Annotations are automatically saved to your bookshelf on exiting.

To export your annotations:

  • To get the most complete export of your annotations, including all of your notes and the full text of your highlights:

1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in as usual
2. Click the “Bookshelf” link
3. Click the “Add folder” button to create a new folder, or use an existing folder
4. Drag the book from your bookshelf onto the folder
(Click on the book’s cover and drag to the folder’s title)
5. Open the folder
6. Click the “email this folder” button
(button is to the right, above list of books)
7. Enter your email address to email the folder to yourself
8. The body of the email you receive will have the complete export of your annotations.

  • To export your annotations for a book that is no longer on your ebrary site:
    • Go to one of ebrary’s preview sites, such as:
    • Sign in as usual and follow steps 2-8 above
    • If you are unable to sign in as usual (most likely because your usual ebrary site uses a custom or SSO login), please contact for assistance


Do old page-specific links work correctly with the new reader?

With the old QuickView reader, two formats were allowed for page-specific links. When using old page-specific links with the new reader, both formats go to the correct book, but only one of the formats (“ppg=“) goes to the correct page.

That is, when using an old page-specific link with the new reader:

  • A link with “ppg=” (see example below) goes to correct page of the book
  • But a link with “page=” (see example below) goes to page 1 of the book


Admins: Accessing your ebrary MARC records

ebrary provides MARC records so that you can easily upload info about all your ebrary books into all of your discovery tools.  For example, if you provide your patrons with access to an online catalog of your books from various sources, you can upload your ebrary MARC records into the catalog to make your ebrary books discoverable and accessible via your online catalog.

If you have an ebrary subscription collection or if you use ebrary’s PDA model, it is important to load addition records as well as deletion records into your catalog on a regular basis to keep the data in your catalog current.

On about the 20th of every month ebrary automatically initiates “Update MARC Data” for your ebrary MARC records page (unless you’ve manually done it yourself recently). If you would like to be alerted each month when ebrary MARC records pages are auto-updated, you can sign up for an RSS alert. See

What does the “Update MARC Data” button do?

  • It updates your MARC records page with any new info for all your collections (subscription, perpetual, PDA, etc.)
  • If there are MARC record additions and/or deletions for any of your collections since the previous dated/time-stamped line, a new dated/time-stamped line will be created.
  • To find out when the most recent update of your MARC records page was done, note the date of the dated/time-stamped line at the top of the list.
  • Note, it doesn’t do anything to select a collection before clicking “Update MARC Data”, see below to see how to filter by collection.

Incremental changes vs. a complete set:

  • The links in the dated/time-stamped lines ONLY give incremental changes since the previous line.
    • Added MARCs”: the add-MARCs for documents added to your site since the previous line.  See below to filter by collection.
    • Deleted Titles”: the delete-MARCs for documents removed from your ebrary site since the previous line.
    • Deleted Titles (Excel)“: an Excel file listing Title and docID for documents removed from your ebrary site since the previous line.
  • Download complete MARC record file” gives the complete up-to-date set of MARC records, not just the changes.  See below to filter by collection.

To filter by collection:

  • If you have multiple collections on your ebrary site, you can get your MARC records for different collections separately (note, delete-MARCs cannot be filtered by collection)
  • First, select from the list of your collections either a single collection or control-click to select multiple collections.  Note:
    • “SUPO collection for xxxxx” is all titles purchased as SUPO
    • “collection for channel xxxxx” is all titles purchased as MUPO or 3USER
    • “All Perpetual” is all your purchased titles (a combination of both of the above collections)
  • Then, either:
    • Left Click “Download complete MARC Record file” for the complete set of MARC records for the selected collections
    • Or, left click the “Added MARCs” link on a specific line to get the MARC records for the selected collections that have been added since the previous line.
  • The collection filter does not work for “Deleted Titles” links.

Note that clicking on the links (that is, “Download complete MARC record file” or “Added MARCs” or “Deleted Titles”) doesn’t change what’s in those links. So you can use the links multiple times in multiple ways – even months from now – without changing what the links point to.

If you don’t already have a MARC manipulation program, MarcEdit is a free program that allows you to view, translate, and split MARC records.  Click to download MarcEdit.  We recommend using the most recent version.