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O'Reilly for Higher Education

Online ebook reader features

The Start button (read online) opens the ebook in the O'Reilly ebook viewer.

Full text search

You can search within the content of the ebook by clicking or selecting the magnifying glass icon on the right-hand side of the screen. This will expand the right-hand panel and display a search box (you can pin this panel). The results will display in a list below the search box.

Keyboard navigation

Some functions of the application are keyboard operable. Some content (e.g., highlighting book content) are not keyboard operable. Some non-interactive ratings can be tabbed to with a keyboard.


You can zoom in up to 500% using the plus and minus options within your browser. There is no magnification function in the O'Reilly e-reader.

Text reflow

Pages reflow at correct zoom levels and screen sizes.

Screen reader (text to speech)

Each component uses semantic HTML markup and proper colour contrast, and each is navigable by both the mouse and keyboard and reachable by screen readers.

Alternative text

Some images have alternative text. Some images and graphical buttons do not have alternative text. 

Change page and background colour

Click on or select the Settings cog wheel icon on the right-hand side of the screen to change the page background. There are three options: White, Sepia and Black.

Change font size

Text can be resized without loss of content or functionality. Click on or select the Settings cog wheel icon on the right-hand side of the screen to change the font size. There are three different font sizes available.

Not available

  • Change font style
  • Read aloud and narration
  • Full text download (whole book)

Downloading and printing

Chapter downloads and printing

You can print or download a chapter by navigating to the chapter within the online reader, right-clicking on the text, and choosing ‘Print’ (or pressing Ctrl+P). From the list of printers, choose a PDF option to save a PDF file, or a printer to print it. There’s no limit on the number of chapters you can download.