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Looking for Books with Simple Search
Looking for Books with Advanced Search
Looking for Books with Location Search
Looking for Books with Keyword Search
Selecting an Interface Language
Selecting an About This Book Language
Displaying Foreign Characters
Selecting a Book Reader
Reading Books
Reading Books with the Standard and ClearText Readers
Reading Books with the Comic Reader
Reading Books with the Spiral Reader
Registering for a Library Account
Creating a Personal Bookshelf
 
Selecting a Book Reader
 
There are four readers you can use to read books: the Standard Reader, the ClearText Reader, the Comic Reader, and the Spiral Reader. The Standard Reader and the ClearText Reader can be used with any browser. The other readers require that you install a plugin on your web browser. Below is a matrix that describes the benefits and requirements of each of the readers.
 
Reader Example Internet Speed Plugin Required Benefits
Standard
Standard Reader
Standard Reader Example Any None Works on any browser, no plugin required. Includes PopoutText feature for some books which allows users to magnify just the text portion of a book page.
ClearText
ClearText Reader
ClearText Reader Example Any None Shows text in place, and supports zooming of text. Can be used to display text translations. Works on any browser, no plugin required.
Comic
Comic Reader
Comic Reader Example High Speed Java Webstart Plugin Overview of all pages, zooming interface.
Spiral
Spiral Reader
Spiral Reader Example High Speed Java Webstart Plugin Fun for all ages, zooming interface.

 
Installing Plugins
 
Java Webstart Plugin - For Comic and Spiral Readers
Java Webstart is a plugin that you can install that allows you to view books in the Comic and Spiral readers. Macintosh OSX users should already have this plugin installed. To install the plugin for Windows and UNIX operating systems, download it for free from the
Java website. Follow the instructions for your operating system.
 
 


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