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Getting Started with the ICON Direct RedShelf v7 eReader

Digital content delivered through the ICON Direct program can be either an eText or an online learning platform. If the content selected by the instructor is an eText, it will be delivered through the ICON Direct RedShelf eReader.  If the "ICON Direct eTexts" link is not in the ICON course navigation menu, an instructor must enable this option.


NOTE: The eReader is available through a licensing agreement with RedShelf.  So, you will see the name "RedShelf" in some places in these linked pages and in the eReader.  We are not utilizing the entire RedShelf program -- only their eReader and the online support pages for their eReader.  Do not contact RedShelf for assistance or support.  Do not direct your students to RedShelf.  Do not purchase anything from RedShelf.  You cannot access ICON Direct eTexts content through a standard RedShelf account.


For a detailed look at features, please visit the Redshelf eReader page. 

Key Features of the ICON Direct RedShelf eReader 

NOTE: The ICON Direct RedShelf eReader works best online, in Firefox or Chrome.

In the eReader, students may:

Accessing the ICON Direct RedShelf eReader

You will find a link to ICON Direct eTexts in your ICON Course Site. 
Click that link and you will see a list of your courses using the ICON Direct RedShelf eReader and the materials that are available for each course. 
Click the material you want to open and start reading.


Reading in the ICON Direct RedShelf eReader

When you open a textbook the reading tools appear in the toolbars around the content window. 

RedShelf interface, toolbars highlighted

Click the links below for details and instructions for the features of the ICON Direct RedShelf eReader.

For further information about the the ICON Direct RedShelf eReader, please visit the New RedShelf eReader page.


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