With the rise of digital textbooks and other learning course materials, RedShelf believes it is important to offer students and readers everywhere an experience that mimics the use of a traditional print textbook when studying. With RedShelf, the features that are available to a student or reader allow for a deeper level of interaction with the text that could prove to be more beneficial to the student or reader.
What are these features that eTextbooks can do BETTER than traditional print textbooks? We have listed 8:
1. Navigation Tools
RedShelf's navigation tools not only allow for the reader to cruise through the material with our continuous scroll feature, but it also allows for the user t navigate directly to a desired page by simply typing in the designated page number. Without having to flip back and forth to the table of contents, you are readily able to pop up the table of contents on the left hand of the screen, which shifts your text allowing you to continue to read before finding the right portion of the book you would like to jump next.
2. Note Aggregator
Ever worry that you have taken a bunch of notes for a particular class on a specific book...BUT, you can not remember if you put all of those notes in the same notebook? With RedShelf's note-taking tool, you can take your notes directly on the screen, on a particular word, or for a specific chapter. And even when you close out of that title, no matter for how long, your notes will remain there!
3. Fear the Highlighter No More!
When renting textbooks, sometimes it can be "frowned upon" to take your notes in the margins, or highlight areas you believe are important and to make note of for the future. Maybe questions like "Will I be able to return this after my rental is up?" or "Will I be able to sell this back for a decent amount of money if I wrote all over it?" With eTextbooks, there is NO NEED TO FEAR! So yes, pick up that virtual highlighter and drawing tool. In fact, we encourage it! Take as many notes as you want or need, and even more if you like. That is the great thing about digital, when your rental is up, there is no need to worry about returning it in mint condition!
4. Search by Keyword
Can't remember exactly what page that one specific word was on? But you can remember that the text introduced a new topic on photosynthesis, or you were reading about long-term debt? Easy! With RedShelf's "Search" tool, you can just as easily type in the word you might be looking for, which will then bring up a plethora of pages with that exact word or phrase and you can navigate to the right page!
5. Search Notes
So maybe you have closed your eTextbook and selected a different title to read or study from, and maybe it has been awhile since you have last looked at the title where you might have taken a BUNCH of notes. No worries! We have a tool for finding notes as well, just like pages and bookmarks. Want to know the best part? You can search for your notes in the side menu as well!
6. Define Keywords
Have you ever read through your textbook, trying desperately to study and obtain as much knowledge as you can, and you come across a word that you just can't figure out what it means? Which means you must either "Google It" or see if there is a definition in the back of the book. RedShelf eTextbooks allows you to, instead, simply click on the word and select "Define." At your fingertips, you will soon have an assortment of definitions from the web, without ever having to put the eTextbook down!
7. One Shelf, Many eBooks!
No more, "Shoot! I brought the wrong book to class!" Why? Because when you purchase all of your eTextbooks and eBooks on RedShelf.com, they all go to one easy navigable place: "My Shelf." Simply log in to your account on RedShelf.com, click on "My Shelf" and WALA! Select any which title you would like to read or study from. Want to switch? That is simple, too! Just head back to your shelf and choose the next title. No more worrying and remembering which books you need to bring to class that day, just bring whichever internet-enabled device you prefer to use that day (laptop, tablet, mobile) and your all set for class!
8. "Welcome Back"
Don't worry about losing your place after closing out of your eTextbook. We will gladly "Welcome" you back when you return and even prompt you to return to the exact place and page you were on before exiting your eTextbook!
We hope these features are beneficial for students and readers everywhere who find themselves studying and reading with digital. We are always seeking and finding new features to implement to make for an awesome eReading experience with RedShelf!