An eBook is an electronic version of a book. HIMSS eBooks allow users to read publications on any screen with a browser that supports Flash. HIMSS eBooks have the look of print books, with all of the layout, figures and images intact. Users can see one page at a time or two-page spreads, and can zoom in for close study. Users can read books online or download them to computers for off-line reading.
What are the technical requirements for HIMSS eBooks?
Online viewing: Computer or device with Internet connection and current Web browser:
Internet Explorer: Version 6.0 , 7.0, 8.0 Firefox: Version 3.0 & up Opera: Version 9.0 & up Google Chrome: Version 2.0 & up Safari: Version 3.0 & up
For full functionality, Flash Version 9 & up. There is a limited HTML-based view for users and devices without Flash, such as iPhone. Offline viewing: PC or Mac: Download iPublishCentral Reader (formerly iOffline)from the My Bookshelf page with Internet connection and current access rights to title. iPad App: Download HIMSS eBooks free app available through iTunes.
In addition to zoom, reading and downloading, eBooks are fully searchable and users can annotate, bookmark and highlight them. Users can search for terms in a single book, across their purchased titles, or across the full site. Users can also print a limited number of pages.
You can share the preview ViewInside of titles several different ways. When viewing the ViewInside, you can click on the envelope in the upper right to e-mail it to someone, or you can click on the + sign to post the widget to a social networking site or to get the widget code to paste into your own Web site. You cannot share an entire purchased eBook.
The iPublishCentral reader is a software program that, after a one time installation onto your computer, allows you to download, store, and read any book from the HIMSS eBook Store when offline. The iPublishCentral Reader is built on Adobe Air, which will also be installed during the initial installation process.
Once you login to the eBook site using your account you will notice a button “Download iPublishCentral Reader”
Click on the download button to go to installation page. Click on install button to set up iPublishCentral reader on your system.
Click the Login button on the upper right corner of the screen.
Select Normal User.
Enter the URL http://ebooks.himss.org in the Site URL field.
Use your registered log in credentials to log in to iPublishCentral Reader.
Enter your user name in the Username field
Enter your password in the Password field
Click the Sign In button
Bookshelf displays the subscribed eBooks with a Download button.
Click on Download to start downloading the book. Once downloaded the Read button will be shown.
Click on the "My Folder" link and choose the "Profile Setting" option; from the drop down list choose "Change Password," enter a new password and click "OK." Your password will be reset to the new password.
Individuals can access their titles using the e-mail address and password they used to purchase. Institutions can access via IP address, referring URL, or e-mail address/password combinations. Once you have logged in, the “My Bookshelf” page will display the eBooks to which you have access. Clicking on the book cover will then open the eBook, making it accessible for you to view.
The top panel allows you to change your view of the book by clicking on one of its icons. Scrolling over the icons before clicking will initiate a pop-up burst indicating what that particular icon can change. These include:
The top panel in the reader has the "Bookmark" option. Clicking on it will bookmark the page currently being viewed. You can check bookmarked pages in the "My Bookmarks" segment of your "My Folder" page.
Type a search term or phrase in the search text box and click on "Go" to search the eBook content. Choose Catalog to search the title, author, description, and other information about the eBooks, or Content to search the full text of the eBooks. You can search within an eBook, across the eBooks you own, or across the entire HIMSS eBooks Website. Your search results will appear in a column on the right-hand side of the page. Specific search terms usually result in more targeted results. Note: The search option is disabled when viewing the book in the full-screen mode.