Offline vs. Online Reading

What is the difference between reading digital resources online and offline?

Online reading is done through a web browser. The user must be connected to the Internet.

Offline reading can be done when the user is not connected to the Internet. However, the resource must first be downloaded from MackinVIA™, which does require connectivity.

When reading online, the resource will open quickly, but the pages are served one at a time, so there may be some brief load times when flipping pages. Offline, the resource may take several seconds to open as the entire file is decrypted. However, once that process is complete, pages render rapidly. There is no difference in features or functionality except the user will not be able to access the MackinVIA website to check out more titles.

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