Now subscribers can download PEP-Web articles to read later, even when not connected to the Internet. There are two download formats available: PDF and ePub, each with an easy and convenient download button, which you can find on our toolbar (next to the print icon) at the top of an article.
When you click either of these buttons, the article you are reading is automatically downloaded to your device so that you can read the article even when you are not connected to the Internet. You don’t need to download both…download whichever best meets your needs. Below we explain the advantages of each format.
Download PDF: The new PDF feature is oriented toward on-screen reading. In this case, the PDFs are reproduced a single page per output page, to look more like a journal page, and to make the text less wide and less dense and easy to read electronically (rather than printed). The PDF bookmarks feature is utilized to provide a Table of Contents (table of section headings). Links are active, and take you to the associated section of the document for within-document jumps, and to PEP-Web for links to other PEP-Web articles (for links to PEP-Web, it requires that you are online). PDF works on all size devices, but since line length does not change to accommodate screen size, you may have to scroll left and right to read lines, or zoom in and out, depending on your device screen size.
Download EPub: ePub is a standard book reader format which is reflowable, which is to say it allows more flexibility in page layout. The ePub format is ideal for reading on phones and smaller devices. You need to have a eBook reader app to read ePub format (and many phones and tablets come with one standard). The real benefit over PDF is that the text wraps to fit your device perfectly. Depending on what reader you use, the fonts are also scalable, so that text is at a comfortable size for reading. On some devices, you can even set it to display multiple columns of text. Where possible, a Table of Contents is provided using the section headings. Links are active, and take you to the associated section of the document for within-document jumps, and to PEP-Web for links to other PEP-Web articles (for links to PEP-Web, it requires that you are online).
1) On some devices, the downloaded file will open automatically in the associated application after it’s finished.
2) PEP-Web doesn’t have all the original journal’s font information and styling–all journals are displayed in PEP’s standardized styling). Because of this, pages sometimes contain more text than the page size allows, and a single page may flow onto a second page. Since the intent here is primarily onscreen reading while offline, we hope this won’t be an inconvenience.