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New Book Viewer Becomes Permanent on August 9

Date:  August 4, 2021

Impact: Changes to book viewer interface. See list of all changes.

All users are able to try out a new version of the HathiTrust book viewer application. During this beta phase, users can switch back and forth between the beta site and the classic version. These changes have been based on feedback received from users about difficulties they encountered reading “temporary access” books in the HathiTrust interface, but will benefit anyone reading and browsing books. Ongoing feedback from users through brief pop-up surveys will help the development team learn whether the changes meet users needs and what other changes are needed.

The new book viewer application is expected to become the sole book viewer and the old version will be sunsetted on August 9th. 

NEW tutorial and demo video! 

We have released two additional ways to learn about the changes to the book viewer. 


You can also explore the changes using a guided walkthrough. With a book open in your browser (such as The Complete Jell-O Recipe Book), click the question mark icon in the the book controls along the bottom of the page. A popup will invite you to explore the the primary features of the book viewer. 

Screenshot of the book controls along the bottom of the book display. A popup box activated by the orange question mark Help icon reads

How to Access the Beta Site

  • Search for a title in the HathiTrust collection and click the "full-view" or "temporary access" label to open the book

  • To access to the beta book viewer, you’ll see an option in the upper left navigation of the book title to try to new edition. 

  • You have the option to switch back and forth between the classic and beta version.

 Screenshot of new book viewer

The screenshot above displays a book (Jell-O: America's Most Famous Dessert) in the new book viewer. 


What’s Changing?

We have taken feedback provided by our users to create a better reading experience. Users will be able to:

  • Reorder search in book results by relevance or page number

  • View search results within a book at the same time as viewing the book

  • Remove search term highlighting

  • Clear the search

  • Discover featured collections that contain a book

  • Read the entire plaintext OCR of the book in scroll or flipmode

  • Explore different display modes for the book pages in an easier-to-read menu

  • Hide interface elements that interrupt their reading experience 

  • Resize or collapse the sidebar and sections within it to meet their needs 

Plain text display mode

The screenshot above displays two pages of the book in Plain Text format. The View menu with different page format and view mode options can be accessed at any time to change how the book is displayed.

Search in a book

The screenshot above displays the Search in a Book feature. It has been moved to the sidebar so that you can view search results at the same time as the book pages. The sidebar has also been expanded using the Close Sidebar button to show more of the search text on the screen.

Reading mode

This screenshot above displays reading mode when controls and the sidebar are hidden. Only the page navigation buttons are displayed on screen.


Change log

  • August 2, 2021: Bug fix: Issues with search term highlighting in different view modes were fixed. 
  • July 28, 2021: The following changes were made: 
    • The Search in this Text feature was made bright yellow, to help users find its new location. 
    • Users can now open Search in this Text results in a new window by selecting the checkbox under the search field and hitting the magnifying glass search icon. 
  • July 23, 2021: Bug fix: The option to return to the old version of the book viewer did not work for two weeks. It was re-enabled on July 23rd and will continue to be available until August 9. 
  • July 12, 2021: All users start at the new book viewer. 
  • June 23, 2021: A walkthrough tour was added to the book controls along the bottom of the screen, which allows users to explore the interface at their convenience. 
  • June 14, 2021: All users (not just logged in users) can now access the new book viewer.
  • June 9, 2021: The Search in a Book feature is initially expanded in the sidebar, to assist users who were having difficulty finding this feature in its new location. 
  • June 1, 2021: Users can now collapse both the Emergency Temporary Access banner as well as the 2021 new book viewer notification.
  • May 24, 2021: The following changes were made:
    • Language change: users have reported difficulty finding the Search in this Text feature. We renamed it from "Search Inside" back to the previously used "Search in this Text."
    • When a user selects pages for download, the radio button to Selected Pages is now automatically selected.
    • More definition was added to the borders between headings.
    • Bug fix: books containing no OCR weren't loading at all, either the images or plain text versions. 
  • May 10, 2021: All logged in users received the option to access the new book viewer. 
  • May 5, 2021: Logged in University of Michigan users received the option to access the new book viewer. 

Provide feedback on the HathiTrust Book Viewer application in beta by submitting this brief survey: http://bit.ly/HTbook_viewer