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eBooks @ Lund University Libraries: Dawsonera

Please note!

Dawsonera ebooks can no longer be used with Adobe Reader

All content (both PDF's and ePub's) that are downloaded, will be via an ACSM (Adobe Content Server) file which can be opened with Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) (free) the Bluefire Reader app (costs 3.99 USD/50.00 SEK) or Kortext (free). The download boxes on Dawsonera will reflect these changes. Please note that the ACSM link that Adobe Content Server produces is not supported by Adobe Reader. To be able to use ADE you will also need an Adobe ID, for help see Manage your Adobe ID account or Hantera ditt Adobe ID konto.

The Dawsonera platform consists of a catalogue of ebooks that can be “borrowed” by library users (i.e. downloaded). By default Dawsonera only shows titles purchased by Lund University Libraries, we currently own 993 ebooks (October 2019).

Please note that except for CAS authentication when you are off LU-campus, no login with your Student- or LUCAT-id is needed as access is by IP address. However, to be able to print, save your searches, preview or queue for a book you need to create a personalised My Account on Dawsonera (Student- or LUCAT-id cannot be used for this). If you enter by the platform homepage you will be referred to the ‘Terms and Conditions of Use’ page where you have to click on 'Accept' before you can access the book. When accessing a Dawsonera ebook via LUBsearch or the library catalog, you will enter Dawsonera at title level bypassing the homepage.

Some ebooks may have as low as one (1) simultaneous user. If the book is already in use by the allocated number of users, the next user may queue for the book, just click on 'Join queue to read this title' and login to your personalised account. In the book record you will find information about the number of available copies, the queue and wait time. If you don't want to queue you can 'Preview' the book.

Most of the books on Dawsonera are purchased under a credit-based model, when the number of credits for a book runs out the book can only be previewed until the credits are "renewed" or another copy is purchased. If you encounter such a book, please contact the library at your faculty for help.

In the Result List of LUBsearch and ePublications there is a link to 'Terms of Use' where you will find information about the number of simultaneous users and the terms of use for downloading and printing for each individual ebook:


Name Dawsonera
Publisher/Provider Dawson Books Ltd.
Subjects included Multidisciplinary
Type of resource Platform with ebooks
Fulltext format PDF, EPUB
Accessibility Via IP address and by accepting the 'Terms and Conditions of Use' (click on 'Accept).
Login authentication required No, not on LU-campus. If you are off-campus you will be prompted to login via LU's Central Authentication Service (CAS) with a Student Account or LUCAT-ID.
Number of concurrent users Most books have multiple concurrent access (multiple people reading at the same time), but a few books have limitations in the number of users (see info above).
Download required No, only if you want to borrow a book.
Must be borrowed If you want to download a book you must borrow it first.
Number of days for download You can choose a download period of 1 - 3 days. Books with a limited number of users can only be borrowed for 24 hours. It is not necessary to return a book as access will be denied when the number of days you have chosen are over.
Download and read offline Yes, books can be downloaded and read offline.
Download to a portable device Yes, it is possible to download Dawsonera books directly to Apple and Android devices.
Copying You must first create a personal My Account and log into it before you can copy any pages or take notes (a Student Account or LUCAT cannot be used for this). You may copy or paste 5% of a book, this is per user and for the life of each book. Copying is permitted on the Online Reader only. If you download the ebook you will not be able to copy any part of the text.
Printing You must first create a personal My Account and log into it before you can print out any pages (a Student Account or LUCAT cannot be used for this). You may print 5% of a book, this is per user and for the life of each book. Printing is permitted on the Online Reader only. If you download (= borrow) a book you will not be able to print any part of the text. Click on the print button in the online view, this will automatically open the print dialogue box and allow you to print the selected page.
Text to speech Yes, Screen Readers such as JAWS, Text Help and Read & Write Gold are supported.
Export references Yes
Export formats EndNote, RefWorks
How do I suggest a purchase Students and staff: Please contact your faculty library.
Librarians: Se Förvärv av elektroniska resurser för mer info.
Restrictions Walk-in users: Users not affiliated with Lund University may be permitted access to Dawsonera, but only within the physical premises of Lund University Libraries.
Interlibrary loan / Fjärrlån No, ILL or any distribution of copies to other libraries in either print or electronic form, is not allowed. 
Text and Data Mining (TDM) Policy  
Miscellaneous If you use Internet Explorer when reading a book online and recieve the error "Internet Explorer has encountered a Problem and needs to shutdown" check if you have the quickfind browser helper object installed, to use Dawsonera you must disable this helper.