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How to save time this finals season

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 28, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

We’re reaching that point in the semester, Wildcats. We have eighteen hundred things to do, and no time to do it. We’re stressed, sleep-deprived, lacking nutritional substance because we’ve been eating Goldfish and Diet Coke for the last week and a half….or maybe that’s just me. Regardless, we’re looking for any chance to save time and make our lives easier.

Here’s where Falvey can help. Did  you know that you can turn any book into an e-book in just mere seconds?

Now, you can listen to that textbook or novel while you’re at the gym, walking to class, or doing your laundry.

There are actually a bunch of different ways to convert that book into an e-book. Check out your options below:

Here’s what Goodreader says:

If you have an iPhone and the latest version of iOS, there is a text to speech system built into it. Go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Speech.

Turn on Speak Screen.

This method will allow you to use any e-reading app you want, such as Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, iBooks and hundreds of others.  All you have to do is swipe downwards from the top of the screen to initiate the playbook controls and your e-book will be narrated by Siri.

If you have an Android or a Blackberry, click here for instructions.


Lifewire recommends turning your text to MP3’s through simple conversion programs. Click here for instructions.


This finals season, work smarter, not harder!



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