BlueFire Reader: 6 smart reasons to use this app

  1. Store all your e-books and PDFs in one location and easily manage them regardless of the e-book platform. This app makes reading e-books very convenient as e-books accessible via McGill Library are protected by an embedded Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM) component (i.e. depending on the content providers).
  2. Tab and hold on the text, to highlight, add a note, or more.
  3. Create a bookmark or customized your reader.
  4. The e-book will be returned automatically to the library when the e-book is due.
  5. Syn your e-book library on various mobile devices (up to 6 reading devices including computers).
  6. There are apps for both Android and iOS devices.

Steps involve in using this app:

a) Install BlueFire Reader from Mobile App guide.
b) Create an Adobe ID. You will be prompted to log in using your Adobe ID or sign up for one.
c) Download e-books from the McGill Library collection.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

What is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) System? In the library context, Adobe DRM can enforce the following elements:

  1. Restrict the lending period. When your e-book is due, the DRM component discontinues access and will automatically “return” it to the digital Library. The files remain physically on the your computer or device, but content is inaccessible and need to be deleted.
  2. Protect the copyrighted materials by preventing the user from copying, printing or altering the content.
  3. Restrict the number of reading devices the book can be shared with.
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Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) app

A common nightmare most students have and it is likely to follow them years after graduation is oversleeping on exam day. Every student rely on a different strategy in order to make sure, they are on-time to their exam. I remember when I used  several different alarm clocks which were set to go off at intervals of 15 minutes. So if I turned one of them off without really waking up, I waked up when the next alarm went off. Of course, it was a long time ago.

I have started using Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) app. Apparently, it is called the “World’s Most Annoying Alarm App” but it works. It basically forces you to wake up on-time. It is a neat alarm app since there are 4 methods on how you choose to turn off your alarm.
1) take a photo – The photo must be the same photo you took when you set the alarm; 2) shake your phone the number of times you set to shake your phone when the alarm goes off; 3) solve a math problem – You can choose the level of difficulty when you set your alarm. You can also choose the number of math problems you must answer in order to turn off the alarm; and 4) the boring default method (i.e. like any other alarm clocks).

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I usually take the photo of my coffee machine when I set my alarm. In the morning, I must go to my coffee machine to take the same picture to turn the alarm off. While I am there, I make my coffee and I have no excuse to turn of the alarm without waking up.

Google Play /  Apple Store

Overall

Pros:

  • Very original
  • Effective
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Not all features might be known to new users. Under the setting make sure “Auto silence” is off and “picture sensitivity’, “Shake sensitivity’, and ‘Alarm volume’ are set to an appropriate levels.
  • It is not free for iPhone users. It costs $2.29 on Apple Store.
  • The ads are annoying.