To be able to use e-books at the University of Borås, you need some basic tools. To begin with, it is good to know that many publishers who offer their literature in e-format want to limit the use because of copyright issues. It can mean that it won’t be possible to print parts of the book, or that it will only be possible to use the book for a limited time. Another restriction might be a limit of how many persons that can use the book at the same time. All of this is called Digital Rights Management and abbreviated as DRM.
To be able to borrow books with DRM protection, special software must be installed on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. We recommend the following software:
Adobe Digital Editions – a reading program for reading pdf or epub file format. Available as free software and / or app. With this program you can mark text in the book with different colors and make notes to the text and bookmark pages. Your comments then becomes searchable. However, a small problem will occur when the book’s loan period expires, then you lose all your bookmarks and notes.
Bluefire Reader – a reading program for reading pdf or elub file format. Available as free app to download. You use this app on your mobile phone or tablet. Just like in Adobe Digital Editions, you can mark text in the book with different colors, make notes and add bookmarks, which then becomes searchable. But you lose all your bookmarks and notes when the book’s loan period expires.
In order to use both these programs, you need to obtain an Adobe ID which is free of charge.
Text: Martin Borg