Want to read an e-book?

The library nowdays have many more e-books online than we have physical books in our library building. The suppliers of e-books are many and all work in different ways, but to download an e-book you need about the same program / account for all of them.

To download an e-book to your tablet or computer, you need an Adobe ID. This is because the company Adobe are supplying DRM for the e-book providers.

Then you need an e-book reader on your plate. We think the app Blufire reader works fine for our e-books in most cases, and therefore recommend it, but there are several different readers to choose from. Choose one you like and are used to.

Download for Android and Apple products.

If you want to read an e-book on your computer, you need Adobe Digital Editions to open the books on your computer.

Now you’re ready to borrow, and our e-book suppliers are as previously mentioned many. To search for them in our different systems you identify yourself with your usual login details. Easiest is to start in with title or author in Summon but can you see on the image below that there is an shortcut directly to our e-books:summon_ebok_eng

Once you find the book you want to read, you click through to the book usually via a link:
länkserver_e-bokHere is an example from Dawsonera, where you choose to read online or download:


If you choose to download the book, you’ll get information about your loan and the loan periods that applies. In this case Dawsonera, you choose how long you want to borrow the book for up to 21 days. We also get questions whether it is possible to download an e-book and then print it. It is not because of the DRM that the books are provided with, but most providers will allow you to print a few pages or a chapter from the book.

Want to know more? Just check out our website.

Text & Picture: Lisa Carlson


DOAB – books openly available

A couple of days ago Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) was launched. It is a complement to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) web site. DOAB is a service to the research community, and others, to collect scientific books published under open access license and make the accessible in one and the same place. DOAB is searchable and there are links to the fulltext books either via the publisher or a institutional repository where a researcher has deposited the book.

The aim of DOAB is to make open access books visible and create a valuable resource for researchers, libraries and others who are interested in reading scientific books. At the moment there are about 20 publishers and about 750 open access books available. More are waiting to be made available through the site. Their goal is to increase the number of available books in the coming months. DOAB is open for publishers who publish peer-reviewed open access books.

Lars Bjørnshauge and Salam Baker Shanawa who have been developing DOAB have also been in the group which developed DOAJ.

Bilden är hämtad från doabooks.org

Text: Pieta Eklund