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Open eBook FAQ

What are Open eBooks?

Open eBooks are unlocked PDFs, which allow users to copy and paste text and certain images. The Add Text Comment tool in Adobe Acrobat Reader has also been enabled, which allows you to type directly onto the page and can be saved on the PDF. (You may need to enable JavaScript in order to take full advantage of the Open eBook’s features.

Do I need special software to view and use Open eBooks?

Yes - you need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free here:

Now I have Adobe Acrobat Reader and an Open eBook - what next?

Using Acrobat Reader, open the eBook file and just copy and paste the sections of the Open eBook you’d like into a word processor, like Microsoft Word, and then add your own questions, pictures, or examples for truly custom lessons. You can also use text from Open eBooks to build lessons for your Interactive Whiteboard, or take advantage of programs that can translate the content of PDFs into other languages.

Are there any advantages to using a paid version of Adobe Acrobat?

If you are using a paid version of Adobe Acrobat, you can also rotate and extract pages and copy certain images or objects from an Open eBook file.

Can I copy all of the content from an Open eBook, including images and formatting?

Due to the nature of PDF files, not all images can be copied; text formatting will also be lost. Users can customize the text formatting by copying and pasting the text into a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word), and then adding the desired formatting.

Is every eBook available in both regular and Open versions?

No. Some titles may not be available as Open eBooks, specifically if they contain mostly graphics, which cannot be copied, or have other formatting that interferes with selecting text.

Do Open eBooks have copyrights?

Yes!! Open eBooks are subject to the same copyright laws as regular eBooks or print books: Reproduction of activities in any manner for use in the classroom and not for commercial sale is permissible. Reproduction of these materials (from the hard copy, eBook, or Open eBook) in whole or in part for an entire school or for a school system is strictly prohibited.”

My Open eBook won't let me edit text and I'm not seeing the add comment tool. How can I enable this feature?

You must save the file to your computer and open it using Adobe Reader. Some web browsers will display eBook PDFs in a new tab that does not include the text edit feature. Click on the pdf save button download button on the top right of your screen to save the file to your computer. Then open it with Adobe Reader

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