eTextbook Initiative - Student Support

File Formats

The eTextbooks created by this initiative are provided in two formats: ePub and PDF. Currently, these ePub files are only recommended for use on Apple devices, while the PDF files should work on other common computing platforms, including Windows and Android.

 

Downloading ePub Files on Apple Devices

To use an ePub file created by this initiative, you will need to have one of the following Apple devices:

  • macOS devices
    • any Mac with macOS Big Sur (11) or higher
  • iOS devices
    • any iPhone with iOS 14 or higher
    • any iPod Touch with iOS 14 or higher
  • iPadOS devices
    • any iPad with iPadOS 14 or higher

Note: eTextbooks created by this initiative may work on Apple devices with older versions of macOS, iOS, and iPadOS, but they are not supported.

If you’re not sure how to find out which version of macOS, iOS, or iPadOS your device is running, follow these instructions from Apple’s Support web site:

Your course instructor should provide a link to download the ePub file from D2L or another web site. In the Safari web browser, tap/click this link directly on the device(s) on which you plan to use the book (be patient – depending on the size of the book the download could take 10 minutes or more). Then:

  • On a macOS device, the file will download to your computer into the Downloads folder (by default). When the download process has completed, double-click the file and it will automatically be installed and open in the Books app.
  • On an iOS or iPadOS device, tap the link Open in “Books”. When the download process has completed, the book will automatically be installed and open in the Books app

From this point forward, the eTextbook should be accessed from your device’s Books app.

In the left column, choose the textbook. On the right, choose the dropdown arrow next to the appropriate EPUB file. This opens a dropdown menu showing the following choices: View Topic, Submit Feedback, Download. Choose Download.

Books app for iOS and iPadOS

Books app for macOS

Downloading PDF Files on Windows and Android Devices

Your course instructor should provide a link to download the PDF file from D2L or another web site. In your web browser, tap/click this link directly on the device(s) on which you plan to use the book (be patient – depending on the size of the book the download could take 10 minutes or more).

We recommend using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to view eTextbooks created by this initiative. Acrobat Reader DC is available to download and use for free.

Note: One difference between the ePub and PDF versions of these eTextbooks is that audio and video files that have been embedded directly into the book will not play in the PDF. However, a link to play these files on YouTube or a similar streaming service should be included along with each embedded file.

In the left column, choose the textbook. On the right, choose the dropdown arrow next to the appropriate EPUB file. This opens a dropdown menu showing the following choices: View Topic, Submit Feedback, Download. Choose Download.

Borrowing a Device

If needed, it may be possible to borrow an iPad for the semester from either WCU Information Services & Technology (available to all students) or the College of Education and Social Work (available to students in CESW courses only), but there is no guarantee. Please contact your course instructor as early as possible about this – before the semester begins, if possible. These groups have a limited number of iPads that can be lent to students, and they must be requested by faculty early on.

Support

Technical Support for the eTextbooks created by this initiative is available from the Office of Digital Learning and Innovation. Our support line's phone number, email address, and hours of operation are available on our web site.

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