eBooks are digital versions of books accessed from the Perfection Next platform. They allow teachers and students to interact with the text, such as by marking important passages, adding annotations, and searching.
Please note: There is a difference between eBooks and interactive editions on our platform. Interactive editions have assignment capabilities and a separate feature guide.
There are three main areas of the eBook: the page layout area on the left; the annotation tools in the center; and the right area that includes search, comments, and settings.
Page Layout Options
The page layout options are located near the upper left corner of the screen.
1. Left Navigation Panel
The Panel button is the first option on the left. Clicking it will open a panel on the left side of the screen containing options for navigating the book.
a. Inside the panel, the Thumbnail button shows thumbnails of pages, allowing a visual way to navigate the book.
b. The Outline button shows a table of contents, letting you directly navigate to various sections of the book. Note that some sections contain their own subsections, which can be found by clicking the gray caret icon to the left of a section title.
c. The Bookmark button gives you the option to create your own bookmarks and navigate to any bookmarks you’ve created. To create a bookmark, go to the page you want to bookmark, click the New Bookmark button, name the bookmark, and click Save.
2. View Controls
The View Controls button looks like a page with a gear on it. Clicking it will open a menu containing options for adjusting the view of the page.
a. The Page Transition options affect how you scroll through the text. The Continuous Page option allows for an even scroll. The Page by Page option allows you to jump exactly between pages by scrolling or with the up and down arrows on your keyboard.
b. The Page Orientation options let you rotate your page view.
c. The Page Layout options let you choose whether to view one or two pages at a time.
3. Zoom Controls
The Zoom Controls provide various options for adjusting how zoomed in your view of the page is.
a. The plus and minus icons let you zoom in and out.
b. The percentage shows how zoomed in your view currently is. Clicking the down arrow will open a menu with additional zoom options.
- Fit to width makes the page fit your browser window horizontally.
- Fit to page makes the page fit your browser window vertically.
- Marquee Zoom lets you manually select a part of the page to zoom in on.
The Pan button looks like a hand. It lets you move around the screen by clicking and dragging the cursor. It can come in handy when you are very zoomed in.
The Select tool icon looks like a rectangle with a dotted border. If you click it and then highlight text with your cursor, it will give you the option to mark that text or add a hyperlink.
The View button will hide other annotation submenus to give you a cleaner view of the text.
The Annotate button opens a menu with a number of annotation options.
a. The first four options from the left are Highlight, Underline, Strikeout, and Squiggly Underline. Simply click the style you’d like to use and highlight the text with your cursor to apply it.
b. The Note option lets you click somewhere on the page to add a note. You will write the actual body of the note in the right panel. Be sure to click Save.
c. The T icon lets you write text directly onto the page.
d. The Rectangle icon lets you place a rectangle directly onto the page.
e. The Pencil icon lets you draw freehand on the page.
f. The final three options are Undo, Redo, and Erase. You can also delete any annotations by clicking on them and choosing the delete option.
The Shapes button opens a menu with an assortment of different shapes that can be added directly onto the page.
From left to right, the options are Freehand, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Cloud, Line, Polyline, Arrow, Undo, Redo, and Erase.
Shapes can be edited or deleted by clicking on the outline of the shape.
The Insert button opens a menu with additional options for adding to the page.
a. The Image icon allows you to insert an image from your computer onto the page.
b. The Arrow Textbox icon lets you insert a textbox with an arrow onto the page.
c. The other three options are Undo, Redo, and Erase.
The Search icon in the top right corner opens up a menu that lets you search the text.
The Comments icon in the top right corner opens up the comments panel on the right side of the screen. In this panel you can view, edit, search, and delete the comments you've made throughout the book. In addition, clicking a comment in the panel will take you to the page where you added that comment.
Comments refer to any type of annotation, including notes, highlighted text, underlined text, drawings, and more. The types are differentiated in the panel by colorful icons.
a. Clicking into an individual comment on the panel gives the user various options for editing that comment.
- Clicking the icon that looks like a message with a line in it will give you different status options that you can apply to that comment. This can be a helpful way to categorize comments.
- Clicking the three horizontal dots will let you either edit or delete the individual comment.
b. The Filter button allows you to filter which comments are currently shown in the panel. Clicking it will bring up a pop-up menu. Check the boxes next to the type(s) of comments you'd like to view and click Apply.
c. The Sort by: dropdown menu provides options for ordering the comments in the panel.
- Position orders comments by their position in the book.
- Time orders comments by when they were created, with the most recent on top.
- Status orders comments by the status chosen for each comment, such as Accepted, Rejected, Completed, etc.
- Author orders comments by who wrote them.
- Type orders comments by the type of comment, such as Note, Underline, Free Hand, etc.
The Settings icon looks like a gear and is located in the top right corner. Clicking it will give you two additional view options: Full screen and Dark mode.
a. Selecting the Full screen option will make the eBook take up the entire screen of the device you are using. It will also hide the Perfection Next navigation bar at the top. This is useful to rid the screen of distractions.
Exit full screen mode by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard or by selecting the Exit full screen option from the Settings dropdown menu.
b. Selecting the Dark mode option will switch the view to a dark interface rather than the default light interface.
Exit dark mode by selecting the Light mode option from the Settings dropdown menu.
4. Immersive Reader
The immersive reader
icon looks like a book with a speaker on it and is located in the top right corner. Clicking it will open up a distraction-free view of the text with additional capabilities, described in this feature guide
. Features include audio, language translation, and various visual options.
Please note that the immersive reader is intended as a supplemental feature on eBooks and may have limitations depending on the book.