Engage - Comparing the Old and New eReader

This document compares Unizin’s old eText reader with the new eReader.

Unizin adopted a new eReader tool in 2022. All new courses since 2022 use the new eReader, and earlier courses use the old eReader. This document explains the differences, and how to differentiate between the two.

Note: These readers are specific to eText-only; DLTs are not accessed through eReaders (e.g., Connect, Achieve, MindTap). More information about the differences between the two can be found in the Engage Overview document.

   

Identifying the old eReader

This is the old eReader. eTexts purchased before Summer 2022 will appear in the old eReader.

  • This is how the Menu Bar looks in the old eReader:
    Image shows menu bar from old ereader, which has a solid navigation bar across the top of the page
  • This is how the menu looks in the old eReader when expanded:
    Image shows the expanded menu from the old ereader. This menu presents chapters of the ebook in a list.

Identifying the new eReader

This is the new eReader, powered by RedShelf. eTexts purchased in Summer 2022 and beyond will appear in the new eReader. 

  • This is how the Menu Bar looks in the RedShelf eReader:
    Image shows the menu bar of the new ereader, which displays is broken into segments on the right and left side of the page.
  • This is how the menu looks in the RedShelf eReader when expanded:
    Image shows the menu of the new ereader when expanded. This shows a list of features that can be used with your eText.

Comparing Functionality

Comparison of features in old and new eReaders

Old eReader Features

New eReader (Redshelf) Features

Bookmarks

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Bookmarks

Highlighting*

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Highlighting

(not available)

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Text to Speech

(not available)

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Display Options

(not available)

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Screen Reading

Create a Note

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Create a Note

(not available)

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Create Study Guide

(not available)

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Create Flashcards

Print

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Print

Print/Export Notes

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(not available)

Copy/Paste

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Copy/Paste

(not available)

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Create Citations

Flag Note as Question

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(not available)

Share Notes

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Share Notes

Zoom

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Zoom (in menu bar)

(not available)

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Change Font

Offline Access

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Offline Access

*You can highlight notes in the old eReader, but it is not possible to view your highlights in a list


Uploads and Course Copies

  • RedShelf does not have a course copy function because instructor uploads are not supported.
  • BUT, annotations follow the user across each course/section. 
  • Therefore, no action is required for instructors to see their notes from a previous term once their content is in the RedShelf eReader.
  • Instructors are not able to author content in the RedShelf eReader.

Support

Redshelf (new eReader) Documentation

Old eReader Documentation

For more documents about the Unizin eReader, see the Unizin KnowledgeBase.

Known issues for the old eReader

The Unizin eReader has the following known issues:

Note exports only include first 50 entries

  • When exporting notes, some annotations and questions may be missing (the .csv file only includes student questions). 
  • To export all notes from an eText, submit a ticket to Unizin by emailing support@unizin.org. 
    • Include the course name, the course section, and the name of the text.

Offline reading download stalls

  • Keep on device only works for files under 14mb. If you select keep on device for a large eText, the book will stop downloading after a few minutes. 
  • To read a large eText offline, use the print feature to create a PDF. 
    • You can print up to 50 pages of the eText at one time, but you can print pages 1-50, 51-100, 101-150, etc, to save the whole eText offline
    • You cannot sync highlighting, annotations, and questions with Engage if using this PDF workaround.

Some roles cannot create Instructor Notes

  • Canvas roles whose annotations display as instructor notes:
    • Teacher
    • Principal Instructor
    • Auxiliary Instructor
    • Course Coordinator
  • All other Canvas roles do not show as instructor notes, including:
    • TA
    • Supervisory Instructor
    • Co-Teacher
    • Guest Instructor
    • Grader
    • Course Tutor
    • Staff

To leave instructor notes, your Canvas role in the course must match one of the appropriate roles above.