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E-Books at Westchester Community College

Gale Virtual Reference Library

This video tutorial serves as a general overview on the features of the GVRL platform, including how to read them in a browser window or for downloading them to your device.

Get a GVRL E-Book Document

GVRL’s provides a special tool to make content available on your eReader device –the download PDF to eReader button. Entire books are not available to download, but you may download chapters.

 

Get a GVRL E-Book on Your Kindle/Nook

You can use the following method to move GVRL documents to a Kindle or Nook with an Internet Browser connection. You should note that GVRL does not transfer entire books to your device but you can download multiple individual chapters.

The most reliable way to put GVRL documents on your Kindle or Nook is to use file transfer:

  1. Search and find a document that you’d like in GVRL.
     
  2. Click the Download PDF to eReader button. This button is only available at the document level set to Text View.
     
  3. Click the Download button.
     
  4. Save the file to an appropriate place on your hard drive like My Documents/Documents or your Desktop.
     
  5. Connect your Kindle/Nook to your computer via its USB cable.
     
  6. Copy the file from your hard drive to the appropriate place on your Kindle/Nook. If you’re unsure where to put it, consult your instruction manual.
     
  7. Your document should now appear on your device!

Get a GVRL E-Book on Your iPhone/iPad

On iPhones and iPads you can use your browser, Safari, to search and use GVRL.You should ntoe that GVRL does not transfer entire books to your device but you can download multiple individual chapters.

GVRL iBooksFollow the steps below to load documents into iBooks:

  1. Search and find a document that you’d like in GVRL.
     
  2. Click the Download PDF to eReader button. This button is only available at the document level set to Text View.
     
  3. Click the Download button.
     
  4. A new browser window will open with the PDF version of the document.
     
  5. You’ll see a “Open in iBooks” button beneath the address bar; tap it. If you don’t see it, tap your screen.
     
  6. The document will load in iBooks and become part of your PDFs bookshelf and you can use it anytime!