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About Rocket eBook
   Technical Details
   A History of Publishing
   Using the Rocket eBook
   Maintaining Your eBook

   About the RocketWriter
   Creating From a File
   Creating From a Website
   Image Design
   Reading a RocketEdition
   Getting Comfortable
   Using Reference Features
   Building Up Your Library
   Managing Your Library

   User's Guide

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Reading a RocketEdition

Reading a RocketEdition™ on your Rocket eBook™ is simple. The four screen icons on the screen border bring the Rocket eBook features to your fingertips.

Choosing a Title

A RocketEdition is the specially encoded electronic version of a text that you'll be reading on your Rocket eBook. Three RocketEditions came preloaded on your Rocket eBook: the User's Guide and two others. You can purchase others as well.

When you turn on your Rocket eBook, the RocketEdition you were reading last appears automatically, on the same page where you left it. If you want to read a different RocketEdition, you can use the Bookshelf icon to access the other selections currently stored on your Rocket eBook.

NOTE: If you deleted the last title you read and powered off your Rocket eBook before opening another title, the next title in the recently-read menu appears. If that's not the title you want, simply use the Bookshelf icon to select another.

Selecting a Recently Read Title

Your Rocket eBook keeps track of the four RocketEditions you've read most recently. It does this to make them easy to access:

  1. Tap the Bookshelf icon.

    The four RocketEditions you’ve read most recently are listed on the menu. The current selection is identified with a checkmark.

  2. Tap the name of the RocketEdition you want to open.

    The RocketEdition opens automatically to the page where you left it.

Selecting Another Title

If the RocketEdition you want to read is not listed on the Bookshelf menu of most recent selections, it’s still easy to access. To open any of your RocketEditions:


  1. Tap the Bookshelf icon.
  2. Tap Bookshelf.

    A complete list of the RocketEditions currently available on your Rocket eBook is displayed.

    NOTE: If you have more RocketEditions than can fit in the window, you can scroll through the list by tapping the up and down arrows on the screen, by using the Page Back and Page Forward buttons, or by dragging the scroll bar.

  3. Tap the name of the RocketEdition you want to read.
  4. Tap Open to open the RocketEdition.

    The RocketEdition opens to the first page if you've never read it before. Otherwise, it opens to the page where you left off when you read it last.

    Note that the first page of a RocketEdition is like the very first page of a printed book: it usually contains information from the publisher about the book. You may need to page forward several times to view the first page of actual text.

Moving Within the RocketEdition

Typically, when you read a printed book, you move forward, reading one page at a time in order. Occasionally, you may want to go back to the previous page. To move through a RocketEdition this way, you use the Page Back and Page Forward buttons, located on the spine of the Rocket eBook.

You can also use a "silent reading" mode if you want to eliminate even the quiet click of the page buttons. To do this, you can use the Shortcut icon to perform the paging functions. See Setting the Shortcut Icon for more information.

There are also times when you want to move through a book quickly, jumping from topic to topic rather than going page by page. Your Rocket eBook has a number of features that allow you to move quickly to a specific location.


Some RocketEditions include hyperlinks that let you jump quickly between related information within the text, just like links on a web page. On a Rocket eBook, linked text is underlined. To jump to the link, simply tap the underlined text. You cannot set these hyperlinks yourself. They must be in the RocketEdition when you get it.

Page Navigation Bar

Your Rocket eBook gives you a visual representation of where you are in your RocketEdition with the page navigation bar. This is the thin bar that appears on the right edge of the screen when you read a RocketEdition. The whole bar represents the entire RocketEdition. The dark part of the bar shows where you are with respect to the whole text.

You can use the page navigation bar just like you use the thickness of a book to open to an approximate location.You can also use the page navigation bar to identify specific locations in the text, just as you might use page numbers with a conventional book. However, rather than using page numbers, your Rocket eBook uses percentages. This is because the amount of text that appears on a Rocket eBook page can change, depending on the selected font and size.

To move around the selected RocketEdition quickly using the page navigation bar:

  1. Tap anywhere along the thin page navigation bar at the right edge of the screen.

    At the bottom of the screen, a dark instruction banner with two location buttons appears. The locations are given as percentages of the overall text:

    Go To percentage: the location corresponding to the place you tapped.

    Current percentage: the location of your current page.

    NOTE: If the instruction banner covers text you want to read, you can tap the arrow on the banner to move it to the opposite edge of the page.

  2. Use your finger or stylus to slide up and down along the thin bar.

    The percentage number in the Go To box changes as you move along the bar.

  3. When the percentage number is what you want, tap the Go To button.

    Your Rocket eBook displays the text at the location you selected.

    NOTE: You can tap the Current button if you want to stay where you are now.

Go To First Page

You can jump to the first page of your RocketEdition easily:

  1. Tap the Book icon.
  2. Tap Go To.
  3. Tap First Page.

    The Rocket eBook displays the first page of your RocketEdition.

Go To Previous Location

Once you jump to a page, you can easily return to your previous location.

  1. Tap the Book icon.
  2. Tap Go To.
  3. Tap Previous Location.

    The Rocket eBook displays the page you were viewing previously.


Some RocketEditions provide menu links that make it easy to jump to particular sections of the text, for example, to the table of contents or the index. To see what links the RocketEdition you're reading provides,

  1. Tap the Book icon.
  2. Tap Links, if that menu option is present on the Book menu.

    You can now tap on any of the selections given to quickly jump to that section of the text.

    NOTE: If the Links menu option is not present, your RocketEdition doesn't provide any menu links.

Reference Features

Your Rocket eBook also lets you mark up and search through your RocketEditions in a number of ways. You can also use these features to jump quickly to the locations you've marked.

Viewing Images and Playing Sound Clips

The Rocket eBook lets you view large images and even has a built-in speaker that provides audio capabilities.

Panning Images

If an illustration or diagram is larger than the screen, you can still view the entire image. Arrows appear along the edges of the image that continue past the edge of the screen. You can tap the arrows to scroll the hidden portion of the image into view. Alternatively, you can simply touch the image anywhere and drag away from the arrows to bring the rest of it into view. When you are done viewing the illustration, use the Page Back or Page Forward buttons to continue reading.

An example illustration is included below. If you are viewing this manual on a Rocket eBook, you can try using the arrows to view the off-screen portion of the image.

Playing Sound Clips

If the RocketEdition you are reading includes a sound clip, you can play it by clicking on the link provided.


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