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LUBsearch & Electronic Resources: About e-books

General information on e-books

In 2016, Lund University paid for access to more than 360 000 e-books within a number of different subject areas.


Different kinds of e-books


There are five main categories of e-books:

1. E-books which are identical to the printed version, usually published in PDF and downloadable by chapter.

2. E-books which can only be read online, in HTML format. In short, the book is a web page.

3. E-books which resemble printed books, contain text and sometimes offer the reader the opportunity to make notes, look up the definition of a word, browse, etc. These e-books are usually in EPUB format, have DRM protection and downloading them via the library requires special software and an Adobe ID. (Books purchased for Kindle, Dito, Mondo and similar devices belong to this category but are not in EPUB format and cannot be borrowed.)

4. Enhanced e-books. Also known as interactive e-books, smart e-books. These e-books are hybrids of categories 3 and 5. They contain text but also interactive elements such as quizzes, videos and 3D objects. Some examples of these are Apple iBooks (which are created using the software iBooks Author). They can only be read on an iPad or Mac computer if you want to enjoy full functionality.

5. E-books which are free-standing apps. Text and images are published as an app, often with sound, movement and other special effects.

Lund University Libraries have books in categories 1-3.


E-books from Swedish public libraries


Anyone can borrow e-books from Swedish public libraries, free of charge. You need a library card and a PIN code. Most public libraries have limitations on the number of e-books you can borrow at one time and most public libraries offer e-books via the provider Elib.

Information on e-book loans from the public library in Lund (in Swedish)


Please note! Most of the information about e-books from Swedish public libraries is only available in Swedish.