Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need eBooks?
eBooks add another dimension of experience and accessibility to the award winning content from The Child’s World. In addition to the intuitive, easy-to-use interface, your students will appreciate being able to access your eBook collection from their favorite web browser, iPad, or Kindle Fire.
What is the difference between a print book and an eBook?
The content of the eBook is the same as the print book. The Child’s World eBooks have all of the same material as the print book and are available online 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Is it easy to build an eBook collection?
Absolutely. Building an eBook collection is like building a print collection, only now your library’s users have unlimited access to the content!
How are eBooks discovered/accessed?
There are multiple ways to find and access The Child’s World eBooks:
- The eBooks section of The Child’s World’s website provides the ability to browse or search all of your library’s eBook purchases.
- Your school or library’s website can provide a link to The Child’s World’s eBook website, where users can log in with a username and password.
- Your Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) can enable access to The Child’s World eBooks. You can bypass our username and password requirement if you provide an IP address range or a referring URL for user authentication. Then users can click a link in the MARC record to access the eBook immediately. If an IP range or referring URL is not provided, users will be routed to a log-in page.
What are the features of the hosted eBooks?
Our eBooks have many features to enhance a student’s reading experience.
- Bookmarking: Users can “bookmark” eBook pages with short notes. To do so, navigate to the page you want to bookmark, and then click on the bookmark icon in the lower left hand corner of the page. Type your short note in to the space provided and click “Add.” These bookmarks are saved as “cookies” on the computer the book is opened on, so the bookmarks do not stay with the book; they will only be visible if the book is opened on the same computer.
- Thumbnail View: Every eBook includes a thumbnail view of each page in the book. Clicking on a thumbnail image will take users to the corresponding page.
- Fullscreen View: Every eBook includes the option to view the page at full screen. Look for the icon along the bottom of the eBook. To return to the regular view, click the Esc button on your keyboard.
- Search: Our eBooks are searchable by keyword. Along the top of the eBook page, you will find a search bar. After you enter your search term and hit the Enter/Return key, the search results will appear along the left hand side of the eBook screen. Users can click on each result to go to the page that includes the result. The search term will be highlighted on the page.
- Page Navigation: The arrow icons in the lower right hand corner of the page allow users to navigate through the book page by page or jumping from the cover to the back page. The arrows at the left /right of the book pages also allow navigation from page to page. Users can also “grab” a page corner with their mouse and pulling it across their screen, thereby “turning” the page.
- Select Text: Allows the user to select text from a page and copy/paste it to another document.
- Print: Students have the option to print the pages they are currently viewing.
Can multiple users access the same eBook at the same time?
Absolutely — The Child’s World eBooks come with an unlimited simultaneous user license when you purchase a multiple, or unlimited, user license.
What devices are necessary to view an eBook?
The Child’s World eBooks can be viewed on any PC or Mac. The Child’s World eBooks are also compatible with iPads and other tablet devices that have web browsing capabilities. The Child’s World’s PDF-formatted eBooks can be read on Macs and PCs, tablet devices, eReaders, and smart phones.
Can eBooks be viewed from home or outside the library?
Yes. The Child’s World eBooks can be viewed from any device with internet access and web browsing capabilities. Remote users will need to authenticate through your website, OPAC, or on The Child’s World’s eBook site by providing an assigned username and password.
Can The Child's World eBooks be printed by the user?
Yes, however printing is limited to two pages at a time. This encourages your users to print only what is needed.
Can The Child's World eBooks be downloaded?
99% of our customers take advantage of our web-hosted eBook option as it offers the most convenient access for users and eliminates the need for file management for our customers. However, for those who prefer to manage their own files and do not have the need for the interactive flip book format, PDF downloads are available.
How do I order The Child's World eBooks?
Ordering The Child’s World eBooks works just like ordering a print version. Browse our site and place desired titles in your shopping cart and proceed through the normal checkout process. You can also order The Child’s World eBooks through your sales representative or favorite distributor.
How are eBooks delivered?
Your eBooks will be available for use and viewing within two business days after the order is received. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with account and support information.
Does The Child's World provide MARC records for its eBook titles?
Yes, MARC records are available for all The Child’s World eBooks. To order MARC records, please contact Customer Service.
Note that if you provide an IP address range or a referring URL for user authentication, students can access the eBook directly from the MARC record. A link to the eBook is stored in the 856 tag; students can click the link in your library’s online catalog to access the eBook immediately. If an IP range or referring URL is not provided, however, students will be rerouted to the log-in page.
Can I trial or demo The Child's World eBooks before I buy?
Yes! Simply sign up for a free 30-day trial. You’ll have access to 15 full-length eBooks during your free trial.
What are the minimum technical requirements to use The Child's World eBooks?
- Either a Mac or PC computer, or web browsing-capable device.
- Internet access is required. The following browsers are supported: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x, Firefox 3.x, Safari 5.x, and Chrome 5.x or later.
- A minimum of 128 MB of RAM is recommended
How does authentication work for The Child's World eBooks?
There are four authentication options:
- Username and Password: When you set up an account, you can request specific usernames and passwords for the administrator log-in and the student log-in. Many librarians choose to have all of their students use the same username/password, but you can set up as many additional log-ins as you like.
- IP Address Authentication: If you provide us with your school’s IP address range, students and teachers who access The Child’s World eBooks from your building will automatically be logged in and will not have to enter a username and password. Please note that IP authentication is not an access option in districts that use a shared public IP address (unless a district-wide order is placed).
- Referring URL Authentication: If your school has a secure password-protected site and you provide us with the URL, students will be automatically logged in when they click on a The Child’s World link from your site, whether they are at school or at home. The Child’s World will provide logos or cover images for your website upon request.
- MARC Records: Students can access the eBooks directly from a link in the MARC records in your library’s online catalog. However, if no IP address or referring URL is provided, users will be redirected to a log-in screen when they click on the link in your online catalog.
What type of file format do The Child's World eBooks come in?
The Child’s World provides two options for our eBooks: Web-Hosted and PDF. Our web-hosted eBooks are in HTML5 format. They allow the user to turn pages, make the page larger, and to enjoy other interactive features. Links to our hosted eBooks can be embedded in your OPAC for easy access from home or school, with multiple user access, too.
Our eBooks are also available in a PDF format that schools and libraries can download for their own file management and circulation.
How do I contact The Child's World for more help ordering eBooks?
Click here to find your local sales representative that will be able to help you with your order.
How do I contact The Child's World for more help using eBooks or to answer additional technical questions?
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 952-232-6657
A standard site license for Web-Hosted eBooks provides access for authorized users in a single building at a single location only. For school libraries, authorized users include the administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents of students; for public libraries, authorized users include the staff and residents of the locality that funds the library. These authorized users may access the eBooks from the institution or from remote locations with proper authentication. Users may not share their institution’s username and password with any individual who is not an authorized user. The publisher reserves the right to terminate your access to the licensed materials without refund if these terms are violated. The publisher will not terminate the site license without first notifying the institution of use violations and giving the school or library the opportunity to resolve any violations.
All eBooks are copyrighted by the publisher. No part of any ebook may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. No transfer of copyright is made by the site license. You may not sell or transfer the licensed materials.