About MackinVIA Reader

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What is the MackinVIA™ Reader?

The MackinVIA Reader is a cross-platform application that allows you to read Mackin-hosted eBooks. While in the Reader, you can:

  • View book information
  • Access a linked table of contents
  • Search through the text
  • Bookmark pages
  • Highlight and take notes
  • Cite sources
  • Use a dictionary
  • Adjust page view

In select titles, you will also have the ability to customize text size and font, utilize text-to-speech, or adjust brightness and contrast.

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Resources hosted by Mackin will open in the MackinVIA Reader when you select the Open Now button or tap on a resource inside your Checkouts from the MackinVIA app. Only Mackin-hosted titles are viewable and/or downloadable in the MackinVIA Reader. (Please note: Your school may own digital resources hosted on other platforms as well.)

Main Menu

Click on the three lines in the upper left corner to open the main menu.

Main Reader Menu

The main menu contains:

  • Close Book: Close the book and return to MackinVIA.
  • Notebook: View a list of your bookmarks, highlights, and notes. Select an entry to be taken to that location in the book.
  • Table of Contents: Access the table of contents. Select a header to be taken to that location in the book.
  • Book Info: View book information including title, author, publisher, date of publication, and page length.
  • Search: Enter a word or phrase to search inside the book.
  • Citations: View a bibliographic citation of the book.


Click the Play button to activate Text-to-Speech.

Play Button

From the Text-to-Speech menu, choose from a variety of automated voices and/or customize the playback speed.

TTS Menu

Display Settings

In select titles, you will have the ability to customize text size and font, as well as adjust brightness or contrast. Click the Text button to access these features.

Text button

From the Display menu, choose from a variety of font options and/or change the size of the text. You can also adjust the brightness using the slider, or select the contrast using the White, Sepia, and Black buttons.

Text Menu

Highlighting and Note-Taking

To create a note about text in a resource, you must first highlight it. Select the text by clicking and dragging the cursor or Text Selection Pins (or tap/hold on a mobile device). Click on the highlighted text to bring up the Options menu. When the menu appears, select the Highlight Color button or Underline button.

Highlight Menu

The menu contains:

  • Highlight Color Button: Highlight the selected text. HighlightMenu2 Select the button to open the color options. HighlightMenu3
  • Underline Button: Underline the selected text. Underline
  • Note Button: Add a note to the selected text. Note
  • Search Button: Search for the selected word/phrase inside the resource. Search
  • Delete Button: Cancel the selected text. Cancel
  • Text Selection Pins: Expand or shrink the selected text. TextSelection

A Dictionary button will be available if a single word is highlighted. Click the button to define the word.

Dictionary Button

After you’ve selected the word/text, click/tap the Note button. Type your note and click the Save button.

Add Note

A Note icon will appear in the margin next to the highlighted text after you save your note.

Note Icon

When you are finished with the book, select Close Book from the main menu to return to MackinVIA.

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