E-book Help

What are E-books?

E-books (sometimes called "digital" books) are books with the same content as a physical book but they can be downloaded to your computer immediately. When you buy an e-book and download it to your computer, you can simply print out the pages as you need them. Never worry again about last minute lesson plans!

What is an Enhanced E-book?

Enhanced e-books have the same content as regular e-books with additional features and benefits that make e-books an interactive classroom experience.

Standard/Enhanced E-book Comparison

  Standard E-book Enhanced E-book
Whiteboard Compatible for Whole Class or Small Group Instruction Check Check
Rotate Pages Check Check
Zoom-In Check Check
Search for Words or Phrases Check Check
Use Pencil Tool To Write Directly on Document Check
Add Notes, Comments, and Markings Check
Save Notes, Comments, and Markings for Use on Future Lessons Check
Add Text Directly to Pages
(Great for filling in answering sheets on whiteboards)
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Print Document with Notes Check
Attach files to Document Check
Record and Attach Audio Inside Document Check
Perform Read Alouds Check
Copy and Paste Text to Other Documents Check
Look up Word Definitions for Quick Reference Check
Take a Snapshot of Pages Check

What do I need to view E-books?

To view e-books and sample pages on your computer (or to print them out) you will need Adobe Reader - a free piece of software you can download directly from Adobe's website. It is very important to make sure that you have the most recent version of Acrobat so please take the time to upgrade your copy - it's free!

How can I buy e-books?

Search our Web site to find the book you want to buy. On the product's description page, look for the "Add to Cart" button for the e-book version of the book. Clicking on the link will add the e-book to your shopping cart.

How long do I have to download my E-books?

Once you have completed your purchase, your onscreen receipt will list all of the products in your order. To download your digital products, click on the "Download Item Now" link beside the item you wish to download. This link will appear next to all digital goods within your order for 90 days from the date of purchase.

Whiteboard Compatibility

Both the standard and enhanced versions of Teacher Created Resources e-books are in PDF format so they can be imported directly onto your interactive whiteboard. The additional tools available on the enhanced versions of our e-books make the most of your whiteboard capabilities.

How to Rotate Pages

  1. From the View menu select Rotate View.
  2. Select Clockwise or Counterclockwise.
  3. Save changes.

How to Zoom-In

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Select & Zoom, and then choose the Loupe Tool.
  2. Click on the section of your ebook you would like to zoom into.
  3. From the Loupe Tool window you can adjust the percentage of zoom you want.
  4. To change the section you are zooming on, click on the blue rectangle and drag it to the new area you would like to view.

How to Search/Find Words or Phrases

  1. From the Edit menu, select Find. Type your search term in the search box. You can also place your cursor directly in the search box on the quick link menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Press Enter.
  3. The selected words or phrases will be highlighted in the ebook. Use the arrow keys to the right of the search box to move back to the next or previous occurrence of the word of phrase you are looking for.

How to Use the Pencil Tool (Enhanced E-books Only)

  1. From the Tools menu select Comment & Markup. You can also select the Comment & Markup Toolbar from the quick link menu.
  2. Select the Pencil Tool.
  3. You can begin writing anywhere on the page.

How to Add Notes, Comments, and Markings (Enhanced E-books Only)

  1. From the Tools menu select Comment & Markup. You can also select the Comment & Markup Toolbar from the quick link menu. From this toolbar you can select a variety of different tools:

    Sticky Note/Note Tool:

    The Sticky Note or Note tool allows you to add notes to any area of an ebook.

    Text Edits:

    The Text Edits tool allows you to type comments or notes directly into the text of the ebook.

    Insert Text: Place your cursor in the spot where you would like to add the text and begin typing. An insertion caret will appear in your ebook. To view your addition, click on the caret and your insertion will show up as a pop-up note.

    Delete Text: To mark a spot where text should be deleted, highlight the text you'd like to delete, then press Backspace or Delete on your keyboard. The text you highlighted will be marked with a red strike-through line to indicate that it should be deleted.

    Replace Text: Highlight the text you'd like to replace and begin typing. The text you highlighted will be marked with a red strike-through line and a caret where your new text will appear.

    Stamp Tool:

    The Stamp tool allows you to mark a document with an Adobe Reader stamp (such as Draft, Completed, and Approved). You can also choose an image from your computer or create a custom stamp to add to your ebook.

    Highlight Text Tool:

    The Highlight Text tool works just like a highlighter. Select the tool and drag it across the text you would like to highlight. Other Tools on this toolbar such as the Arrow Tool, the Callout Tool, and the Oval Tool can all be used to enhance your document.

  2. Remember to Save any changes you want to keep before you close your document.

How to Add Text Directly to Your Ebook (Enhanced E-books Only)

  1. From the Tools menu select Typewriter, and then choose Show Typewriter Toolbar.
  2. Place your cursor where you want to add text and begin typing.

Note: You can also change the font sizes, colors, and styles from the Typewriter Toolbar.

How to Print Notes and Comments (Enhance E-books Only)

  1. From the File menu select Print.
  2. In the Comments and Forms drop down box choose to print the Document, the Document and Markups, or the Document and Stamps.
  3. Press the Print button.

How to Attach a File (Enhanced E-books Only)

  1. From the Tools menu select Comment & Markup.
  2. Select Attach a File as Comment.
  3. Click on the area in your ebook where you'd like to attach a file. Once you click on an area, a File Attachment window will appear.
  4. Locate the file you would like to attach and click Select.
  5. A file attachment properties window will appear. Choose the icon you would like your attachment to appear as and click OK.

How to Attach and Audio Clip (Enhanced E-books Only)

  1. From the Tools menu select Comment & Markup.
  2. Select Record Audio Comment.
  3. Click on the area in your enhanced ebook where you'd like to attach the audio clip. Once you click on an area, the default sound recorder for your computer will appear.
  4. Record your audio clip into a microphone and click OK.
  5. A file attachment properties window will appear. Choose the icon you would like your audio clip to appear as and click OK.

How to Use the Read Aloud Feature (Enhanced E-books Only)

  1. Select the page you want to have read.
  2. From the View menu select Read Out Loud/Activate Read Out Loud.
  3. Adobe Reader will embed the audio file. This may take a few minutes.
  4. Go back to the View menu and select Read Out Loud then choose if you want to Read the Entire Document or the Read Current Page.

    Note: You can change the pitch and the speed of the words being read:

    1. From the Edit menu (Windows) or the Acrobat menu (Mac) select Preferences.
    2. Under the Categories list select Reading.
    3. Uncheck Use default speech attributes box, then change the settings.