Don’t think of a Chromebook as a computer. It is a device whose purpose when you turn it on is to find an Internet connection and run on Google’s Chrome operating system (OS). Most of Chromebook’s documents and apps exist in the cloud. The only native app is the Google Chrome Internet browser. Everything else is composed of Web apps (email, photos, documents), or apps and extensions that run while you’re connected to a network. You can still compose and read emails with Gmail and word process with Google Docs. The offline apps will automatically sync and save when your computer has an Internet connection.
The Chromebook does not have the programming or the ability to link to a program that will unlock a NIMAS file. The file will need to be unlocked preferably using a windows machine and then saved to Google Drive as an epub or a pdf.
Once the file is unlocked, and in Google Drive. Right click on the “doc icon”
You should see “open with” and an arrow pointing right. One of your choices should be Read&Write for Google by Texthelp. It is the best app that I have found for reading epub’s and pdf’s or anything else on a Chromebook.
To download the free version from the Chrome Web Store follow this link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon this free version will allow students to have text highlighted as it is read.
Teachers can have a full year free of the premium version. After downloading the free version, go here: http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/readwriteforgoogle/
For more information on the features of Read&Write for Google follow this link: http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/readwriteforgoogle/
Troubleshooting If you right click and do not see Read&Write for Google as an option:
• Check to see that the green and yellow flag is in the address bar. Many times after an app or extension is downloaded it is necessary to shut Chrome down and reboot in order for the extension to load for the first time.
• If the flag is there then follow the instructions in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeV0Km73I7Q to choose Read&Write for Google as one of your default options. (This video also has many good tips and is worth watching.)