FAQs - Online Subscriptions

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If I subscribe, how long do I have access to my summaries and other content?

All content that is delivered to a subscriber’s Online Library as part of their subscription will be archived and accessible to that subscriber as long as he/she maintains an active subscription to our publication. After a subscription expires, the subscriber will have an additional 3 months of access to his/her content. Beyond that, access to the content that was delivered to the Online Library as part of the subscription will be denied. To re-activate access, the user can simply subscribe to our publication once again.

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In what online formats are the summaries published?

PDF – This is the ideal format to use if you want to print out your summaries. It's also a good format to use when viewing the summaries on your computer or eReader.

   
MP3 – This is the audio version of the summary. This version is great for listening to summaries in your car or on your iPod.
   
LIT – This is the Microsoft Reader version of the summary. It can be used to view summaries on a pocket PC or on your computer.
   
IPAD – This format opens in your browser window and combines audio, text, and video content. This format works great on iPads as well as PCs and Macs.
   
PALM – Use this format for Palm Pilots and devices that read .pdb files.
   
EPUB – Use this format with eReaders like the Sony Reader, Nook, and iPad.
   
KINDLE – A .mobi format for use with the Amazon Kindle.
   
MOBILE – This is a PDF that has been optimized to be viewed on BlackBerrys, Android Phones, iPhones, and the iPod Touch.

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How are the online summaries delivered to subscribers?

We notify subscribers by e-mail each month, when the online versions are published on our Web site. The e-mail includes a link directly to our web site, from which you can easily navigate to your personal Online Library. You can also access your online summaries from any location by clicking on the Access Online Library tab that appears on our homepage www.summary.com.

Each summary that you are entitled to appears in your personal Online Library page, and can be opened in a variety of formats. You can then print the summary, read it on screen, listen to it, save it, or download it to your mobile device. The summary files always remain on your personal page for future access.

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Are my online summary documents secured in any way?

Yes, they are secured by the username and password that is required to gain access to your Online Library. In addition, our online summaries are copyrighted in the same way as the print summaries, so when subscribing, you agree to abide by copyright law just as you would when downloading software.

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Can I purchase back-issues in online formats?

Absolutely! We have prepared online versions of all of our summaries from January 2000 to the present, plus some of our best-sellers from the past. Click on Summaries List to see a list of our available online back-issues.

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Why aren't summaries previous to January 2000 available in online format?

Because we are careful to abide by the copyrights of book publishers, we must receive separate permission for each summary released in online form. It would be cost-prohibitive for us to seek online rights for the over 200 back-issues available only in print format. However, these summaries are all available in print form by clicking on Summaries for Sale.

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Can I choose the books I would like summaries of?

No. A Soundview subscription provides summaries of what our editors believe to be the top 30 business books of the year. Those 30 summaries cover many areas of responsibility; from strategic management to technology and the Internet, and from marketing and customer service to leadership. We offer something for everyone!

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When will my online summaries be delivered?

We notify subscribers by e-mail each month when the online versions are published on our site. This usually occurs around the 15th of each month. The e-mail includes a link directly to our web site, from which you can easily navigate to your personal Online Library. You can also access your online summaries from any location by clicking on the Access Online Library tab that appears on our homepage.

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Can I print out and photocopy my online summaries for distribution?

No. Our copyright does not allow for this type of reproduction, and you agree not to do this when you purchase an online subscription. However, you can purchase multiple copies of a summary to distribute, either in print or online form. Instructions on how to do this are on every individual summary page.

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I need help using my Online Library.

All aspects of using your Online Library are addressed in the Library Help Section.

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