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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014     Views: 132

From a fellow student:

Here is the method that I used to get an eTextbook version of my Cengage textbook (which I then loaded onto my Nook):

  1.  First, I registered my textbook on the Cengage site, as the registration card included in my textbook prompted me to do.  I entered the code and was granted access to the text in electronic format.
  2. Cengage gave me the option to view the page as a pdf, which I selected.  It opened the page in a separate window (it only opens one page at a time, and I am using Chrome).
    • Note: reading one page at a time is inefficient, so I had to find a work-around.
  3. I right-clicked on the pdf window, and selected "save as".  This saved the page as a pdf in the folder I designated.
  4. I opened each successive page, which did not take long to load, and saved them in order.
  5. I then went to a site, http://pdfmerge.w69b.com/ , which is a site that allows the user to merge many pdf files into one document.  I followed directions and selected the files to merge.  The only issue that I may have had is that the individual pages I downloaded were numbered differently than by the page number in the text.  However, the files were still numbered, so I was able to put them in the correct order.  I merged the files into one, giving me a full chapter.
  6. I saved this merged file by chapter number.
  7. I then loaded the pfd I had created through the merge into Adobe Digital editions (you may be using this application if you have downloaded eBooks from the databases in library resources).
    • Note: you have to register your device in Adobe digital editions, but once registered the device shows up in much the same way as an iPod does in iTunes.
  8. I dragged the chapter I had created to my Nook. I now have my material on my Nook!  And to think, my Nook has just been sitting in the box since I got it!

I would rate the degree of difficulty of this method as 5/10.  I think that most students would be able to accomplish the same method as long as they are patient enough to do a few different steps, and learn a few new features of the Cengage website and Adobe Digital Editions.

 

P.S.

      One thing that I have learned through my college experience is that when confronted with a problem, there is usually an acceptable alternative.  It does involve critical thinking and observation, but by applying these to elements we can find a solution.