Tips for Reading the Digital Advancing Philanthropy
May 3, 2010
Undoubtedly many of you are new to digital magazines, and for your convenience we are listing some basic techniques to make the experience a good one! While the print Advancing Philanthropy and the digital version may look the same, reading the digital magazine is not the same type of experience. However, we think that in time you’ll prefer it because of the many features you can access, including the ones outlined below:
1. To access the digital magazine, you will need to log in. Click on the current issue and you will see the magazine cover (which may or may not have a belly band ad). Make sure your browser window is as large as possible to fill your screen. (Fig. 1 below)
2. If you need instructions or help, you can click on the question mark at the left of the cover image or click on the question mark in the tool bar at the top right of your screen. You will be able to see all the capabilities when viewing the digital magazine (Fig. 2 below):
- At the top left of the screen, you can choose to zoom in and out, magnify (you can drag across the page) and navigation (click on the forward or back arrows).
- At the top right of the screen, you can choose the page view (single page or two-page spread); save the issue offline; search for specific content (author, topic, etc.); get help; and launch/exit the full-screen mode.The search function is especially useful, as you can search via keyword either in just the latest issue, or across all the available archived issues!
- At the right of the magazine, you can select bookmarks (create/manage bookmarks); email the link of the issue (recipient must be an AFP member to access the magazine); print some or all of the digital magazine; create/manage notes; and share the link on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.-again, only AFP members can access the magazine).
- At the bottom of the screen, you will see tabs for subscribe (AFP members already receive the magazine); contents (an interactive table of contents to go directly to a particular article); pages (dynamic thumbnails of the magazine); and archives, where you can find issues of Advancing Philanthropy going back to the September/October 2008 issue (additional back issues will be archived over time).
3. In the standard-view mode, you can skim the magazine by clicking on the arrows at the top left of the screen or on the upturned page corner at the bottom right of the magazine. Get a feel for the issue and look for articles of interest.
4. To read an article, however, it is much easier if you select the single-page view (button at the top right of the screen) and zoom in (Fig. 3 below).
You can click on the page and drag down to read all the text on the page. Once you find a magnification level you like, you can click on the arrows to move on to the next page (Fig. 4 below). To return to the standard view, simply click on the zoom button.
5. To access archived back issues, click on the archives tab at the bottom left of the screen. You will see the covers of all the back issues that have been archived so far. Click on the cover of the issue you wish to read. You may get a message at the top of the screen that says pop-ups have been blocked. Simply select the option that temporarily allows pop-ups and the archived issue will appear.
6. Practice with these different options and capabilities. As you become more familiar with the look and feel of the digital magazine, reading it and searching for articles will become very natural. As Nxtbook develops new and innovative ways to improve its digital capabilities, we will be providing them to you as well.