Answered By: Timothy Grasso
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2018     Views: 59

There are three main methods for annotating Fuller eBooks. You can make annotations offline in Adobe Digital Editions, or online with eBooks from EBSCO and eBooks from ProQuest. Each method has pros and cons as explained below.

1. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Functionality: ADE allows you to highlight and assign notes to individual passages. You can also make notes for whole pages and use the bookmark feature to mark individual pages.

The major downside to ADE annotations is that they are only saved to the eBook for the length of the eBook's check out. There is technically an ".annot" file that remains on your computer, but you cannot re-associate the file with a newly downloaded copy of an eBook and must use additional software/apps to transfer the file into a readable format (e.g. air file viewer pro), and then extract the information into an editable document (e.g. word). The file will contain lots of extraneous HTML code, but it will also contain the "<text>" of highlighted text and notes, along with the field "<dc:title>" that records the associated page and date stamp for highlighting, notes, and bookmarks.

This leaves you with three options for having annotations with ADE eBooks:

a. Use ADE annotation tools with the expectation that you will not need them to be saved beyond the length of the digital copy's checkout limit (7 days for EBSCO, 21 days for ProQuest).

b. Use the ADE annotation tools with the expectation that you will have to extract the information from the annotation files and use them within a word document (or other word processor) to access them beyond the checkout period.

c. Use ADE to read your eBook, but record your annotations manually within a word document utilizing any available copy and paste feature from the online copy for quotes (as ADE doe not support copy and paste). 

If you know you will need access to your annotations beyond the length of a eBook checkout limit I would encourage you to consider the two online annotation copies below.

2. EBSCO eBook Online Annotations

Functionality: You can make notes on individual EBSCO eBooks and on individual pages, but not particular passages. Notes on pages can serve as a bookmark. Notes are saved and accessed through your EBSCOhost account folder.

The major benefit to this method is that your notes can be saved indefinitely and are not linked to any checkout times associated with the eBook you are using. EBSCO is also our largest eBook vendor so online annotations with EBSCO will be your most common alternative to ADE. The downsides are that you must login to your EBSCO account, you must have an internet connection to read and annotate, there's the possibility of forced log-outs with extended usage, and that EBSCO does not support highlighting (or notes on specific passages).  

3. ProQuest eBook Online Annotations

Functionality: You have the option to bookmark and leave notes on entire pages, or highlight (in three, overlap enabled, colors) and annotate individual passages. These annotations save to your ProQuest bookshelf (when you are signed in) and do not expire. You can access an annotated eBook through your book shelf and then use the annotations tab (the star symbol on the left menu) to review individual annotations and their associated pages.

ProQuest (eBook Central) has the most robust online annotation tool set and seems the easiest to use. ProQuest does not require you to create a separate account; simply click "sign in" to recognize your Fuller ID log-in and save eBooks and annotations to your private folder. You can click on an eBook's title and check under "access online" to see if there is an option of a ProQuest eBook. The only downside to ProQuest annotations is the need for internet access, the experience of login timeouts, and the relatively smaller number of ProQuest eBooks available. See screenshot below: