Shared Instructor and Student Functionality

The Norton Ebook Reader has functionality that is common to both instructors and students. This page details the highlighting, annotation, bookmarking, audio narration, and printing and copying capabilities that are available to both instructors and students.

How do I highlight text?

Personal Highlights

To highlight text that will only appear in your ebook, use the cursor to select the text you would like to highlight. After the text has been selected, the tool palette will appear. Select the color in which you would like the text highlighted: yellow, pink or blue.

Shared Highlights (Instructors Only)

To highlight text that will also appear in your students' ebooks, use the cursor to select the text you would like to highlight and the tool palette will appear. Select the green color to create a shared highlight. Your students will need to be a member of one of your Student Sets to be able to view your shared highlights in their ebooks. Students do not have the ability to create shared highlights.

Removing Highlights

To remove a highlight, use the cursor to select the text from which you would like to remove the highlighting and the tool palette will appear. Click on the white box with a red slash and the highlighting will be removed from the selected text.

Still need help? Watch this video.

How do I create annotations?

Personal Annotations

To create an annotation that will only appear in your ebook, use the cursor to select the text you would like to annotate and the tool palette will appear. Click on the pencil icon and a note will appear to the right of the text. Type your annotation in the text field and click on the checkmark to save your annotation. To erase an annotation, click the trash can icon while in editing mode. Personal annotations will appear in the right margin of the ebook.

Click on the pencil icon in your ebook to expand a hidden note.

When viewing an expanded note, click on the pencil icon to enter editing mode or click on the X to hide the note.

While in editing mode, click on the trash can icon to delete the note or click the checkmark icon to save your changes.

Shared Annotations (Instructors Only)

To create an annotation that will also appear in your students' ebooks, use the cursor to select the text you would like to annotate and the tool palette will appear. Click on the mortarboard icon and an instructor's note will appear near the text you are annotating. Type your annotation into the text field and click on the checkmark to save your annotation. To erase an annotation, click the trash can icon while in editing mode. To include an image or video within your annotation, click on the paper clip icon while in editing mode for detailed instructions. Instructor's notes will appear in the left margin of the ebook. Your students will need to be a member of one of your Student Sets to be able to view your shared annotations in their ebooks. Students do not have the ability to create shared annotations.

Click on the mortarboard icon in your ebook to expand a hidden instructor's note.

When viewing an instructor's note, click on the pencil icon to enter editing mode or click the X to hide the instructor note.

While in editing mode, click on the paperclip icon for instructions on how to embed images, documents, or videos, click on the trash can icon to delete the instructor's note, or click on the checkmark icon to save your changes.

Still need help? Watch this video.

To view a complete list of the highlights and annotations in your ebook, open the ebook menu at the top left of the page and click on the pencil icon.

  1. The search tool allows you to search all of your annotations for specific keywords.
  2. The My notes tab will display all of the highlights and annotations you have created in your ebook; your shared annotations will be clearly marked. Your students can use the Instructor's notes tab to view all of your shared annotations and highlights but all of your highlights and annotations will appear on the My notes tab since you are an instructor.
  3. Click on Print all notes to open a new tab in your browser that displays only the text of the annotations in your ebook, making it easier to print. Please use the printing functionality in your internet browser to print out your notes.
  4. Click on the section title to go directly to the page where an annotation or highlight is located.

How do I bookmark a page?

To bookmark a page in the ebook, click on the page menu icon at the bottom center of the page and select Add bookmark from the menu.

A green bookmark will appear in the upper right corner of the page.

To view a complete list of the bookmarks in your ebook, open the ebook menu at the top left of the page and click on the bookmark icon. Click on any of the links listed to go to the respective bookmarked page. If you are currently viewing a bookmarked page, the link will appear in bold, green text.

To remove a bookmark, click on the page menu icon at the bottom center of the page and select Remove bookmark from the menu. The green bookmark will then be removed from the upper right corner of the page. You can also remove a bookmark by clicking on the green bookmark icon in the upper right corner of the page.

Can I search my ebook for specific terms or page numbers?

Searching the Ebook

Click on the ebook menu icon in the upper left corner of the page and select the magnifying glass icon to access the search tool. If you would like to search for a specific word, make sure that Book is selected, type the word into the field at the top of the window, and click the search button or hit Enter on your keyboard. If you would like to search for exact matches, surround your search terms in quotation marks (ex. "brain organization").

  1. The total number of sections of the ebook that contain the word will be displayed here.
  2. You can sort the results either by relevance (the default setting) or by page number.
  3. The section title and page number will be displayed as a link in bold, black text. Click on the link to proceed directly to that section in the ebook.
  4. The total number of times the word appears in this section will be displayed here.
  5. You can use these up and down arrows to cycle through the instances of the word.
  6. Each time the word appears in the ebook, it will be highlighted in yellow.

Searching the Index

Please note, not every ebook will have the index search feature enabled.

If you would like to search the index of your ebook, make sure that Index is selected, type the word into the field at the top of the window and each instance of that word will appear in the window and be highlighted in yellow. Click on one of the bold page numbers to go to that section in your ebook. If you would like to search for exact matches, surround your search terms in quotation marks (ex. "time-series").

Jump to Page

If you would like to go to a specific page in your ebook, make sure that Book is selected, type the number into the field at the top of the window and click the Jump to page... link that appears.


Can I read my ebook offline?

Important notes before using the offline reading feature:

  • We currently recommend that users use Google Chrome or Apple Safari for offline reading. Other browsers have not yet been optimized for the offline ebook reading experience. You are welcome to try to use other browsers, like Firefox or Microsoft Edge, but please be advised that you may experience issues.
  • The offline reading feature will not function when using a browser in private or incognito mode. Please make sure you launch the ebook using a standard browser window before attempting to make ebook content available for offline reading.

To begin, open any chapter of your ebook.

Next, click on the ebook menu icon in the upper left corner of the page.

Select the Table of Contents by clicking on the book icon and click on the Offline reading button near the bottom of the list.

Select the content you would like to make available for offline reading by checking the boxes to the left of the titles. You can also use the arrows to view more detailed options when selecting content. Once you have finished selecting content, click the Apply button at the bottom of the list.

Please note, the more content you select, the longer it will take to make your selection available for offline reading. If you are using a mobile device with a limited amount of storage, please be conservative with the amount of content you select. If you select more content then your device can hold, you will receive a message that only part of the content you selected could be made available for offline reading. 

After the content you selected has been made available for offline reading, you will receive a link that you will need to bookmark so that you can access your ebook content offline. Click here for assistance with saving a URL to a mobile device. Click on the Done button to return to the Table of Contents.

When you use that link to access the ebook content offline, you will notice a few changes in the Table of Contents:

  • Content that is available for offline reading will be presented as bold, black text (green box).
  • Content that is not available for offline reading will be displayed as normal, grey text (red box).
  • The Offline reading button now confirms that you are offline (red arrow).

Please note, any media (audio, video, animations, etc.) found in the ebook will only function with an active internet connection; those resources cannot be made available offline.

Highlights and Annotations in the Offline Ebook Reader

Any highlights and annotations, both personal and shared by your instructor, saved in your online ebook will be synced to your device and will be accessible in the offline reader as well. The highlighting and annotation tools function exactly the same way in the offline reader as they do in the online ebook. Any changes you make to the highlights and annotations in your ebook while using the offline reader will be automatically synced to your online ebook once you reconnect to the internet and access the online ebook again using that same device. After those changes are synced to your online ebook, they will be accessible on any device. 

Please note, you may need to make the ebook content available for offline viewing again for those changes to appear in your offline reader; especially if you switch between devices.

Parts of the ebook I previously made available offline are no longer available offline. What happened and what do I do?

  • Norton Ebook offline reading uses storage built into internet browsers (Google Chrome and Apple Safari). This means that when you make parts of your ebook available for offline reading, you aren't actually downloading or saving anything to your computer or mobile device.
  • Sometimes, when your browsing history is cleared, the parts of the ebook you've made available offline will be cleared and will no longer be available for offline reading.
    • To make these sections available for offline reading again, you'll need to get back online and repeat the same process you used to make those selections available offline the first time.

Still need help? Watch this video.

Does the ebook support audio narration?

Please note, the audio narration feature found within the ebook only functions on desktop and laptop computers at this time; it is not currently supported on mobile devices (ie. phones and tablets) running iOS or Android. However, Apple and Google offer text-to-speech solutions that you can use to read your ebook aloud on your mobile device:

Apple iOS: VoiceOver (this feature is available in all devices running iOS; use the Speak Screen or Speak Selection options)

Google Android: Google Text-to-speech (this app comes bundled with newer versions of Android)

Within the ebook, there are two ways in which to launch the audio narration feature:

To begin reading at the top of the current page...

Click on the page menu icon at the bottom center of the page and select Read aloud (text-to-speech) from the menu.

The audio narration will begin reading at the beginning of the current page and the audio narration tools will appear near the top of the ebook. The text being read aloud will also be highlighted in light green (in the example below, the first paragraph on the page is being read aloud).

To read selected sections of text in the ebook...

Highlight a section of text with your cursor and click on the ear icon in the tool palette that appears. You do not need to select an entire section, paragraph, or sentence; you can have the audio narration read a single word if you'd like.

The audio narration will begin reading the selected text and the audio narration tools will appear near the top of the ebook. Once the audio narration reaches the end of the selected text, the narration will stop.

Using the audio narration tools...

  1. Click on the pause icon to pause the audio narration. Click on the play icon that appears to resume the audio narration at the same place in which it was paused.
  2. Click on the stop icon to completely stop the audio narration. If you had started the audio narration at the beginning of the current page, the narration will reset and begin reading at the beginning of the page if activated again.
  3. Click on one of the speed choices to either slow down or speed up the audio narration. The default speed is 1x. 0.75x will slow down the narration to 75% of the normal speed while 2x will speed up the narration to double the normal speed. The selected speed will appear as bold, underlined text (in the example above, 1x is selected).
  4. Use the voices dropdown menu to select different voices to read the text aloud. The number of available voices and their names will vary depending on which operating system and internet browser you are using at the time.
    1. Please note, W. W. Norton does not supply or support any of the voices found in the voices dropdown menu. All of the voices are supplied and supported by the company that created the internet browser you're using (ex. Google created and supports all of the available voices within Chrome). 

To hide the audio narration tools, click on the page menu icon at the bottom center of the page and select Hide text-to-speech from the menu.

Can I print from the ebook?

To print a section of the ebook, click on the page menu icon at the bottom center of the page and select Print this page from the menu.

Next, a window will appear that will tell you how many more sections of the ebook you are eligible to print before your printing quota has been reached. To proceed with printing the section of the ebook you selected, click on the Print button and follow your browser's prompts to print the ebook content in a printer-friendly format.

If you have changed your mind and no longer wish to print this section of the ebook, click the Nevermind button and this section will not be counted towards your printing quota.

Please note, your printing quota depends on which title you are using; some titles have smaller or larger quotas than other titles, depending on copyright and licensing agreements, and some titles may not allow printing at all. Also, chapters in most ebooks are divided into several smaller sections. Those smaller sections are what count towards your printing quota. So, printing an entire chapter of an ebook could use up several sections of your printing quota. A section of an ebook is defined as the scroll-able content that you can view in the ebook window at one time.

Can I copy and paste text from the ebook?

Select the text you'd like to copy (like you would if you were creating highlights or annotations) and either use your browser's copy function (usually under the Edit menu) or a keyboard shortcut to copy the text and make it read to be pasted into another document.

Just like the printing feature found in the ebook, you have a set quota of words that you can copy from each section of the ebook. After copying the text, you will receive a message that clearly defines how many more words you can copy from this particular section before your copying quota is met.

If you go over your copying quota the first time you attempt to copy text from a section of the ebook, you'll receive a message that you have exceeded your quota and that you need to select fewer words and try again.

Please note, your copying quota depends on which title you are using; some titles have smaller or larger quotas than other titles, depending on copyright and licensing agreements. Also, some titles may not allow copying at all.

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