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VLeBooks is an eBook platform from Browns Books designed specifically for use in schools, colleges and universities. Browns Books have more than 280,000 titles from more than 2000 publishers, and new titles are added every month. To see LU's content, choose "In My Library".

There are two ways to read a book on VLe:

  • Read Online – read in the vlereader in a web browser without having to “borrow” the book, no additional software or plug-ins are needed but JavaScript must be enabled within the browser. The online reader will timeout after 2 hours of inactive use.
  • Download – “borrow” the book for one (1) day and download to your PC, laptop, Mac, Apple or Android device. A “borrowed” ebook 'expires' so it cannot be read after the expiry date. Please note: To download a book you need a device that is compatible with Adobe DRM since the books are in .acsm-format. You can download an ebook to multiple devices, but each device must have suitable software and the same registered Adobe ID. You can also download the book to the VLe app (free) and read offline.

Getting started with Adobe Digital Editions FAQ. Any devices that supports Adobe Digital Editions will allow downloads from VLeBooks. This includes PCs, laptops, Macs, Apple devices, most android devices (including Kindle Fire), and most eReaders (but not a Kindle reader).

Several user guides are available, for a printable guide see the PDF below.
How to…  use the VLeBooks Reader   

How to…  download a VLeBook   
How to…  use VLeBooks for Android Devices 
How to…  use VLeBooks for Apple Devices 

How to…  VLeBooks Accessibility guide  

Information för bibliotekarier
De e-böcker vi hade köpt med tillgång på Dawsonera som vi inte lyckats flytta över till andra plattformar när Dawsonera stängdes har vi nu fått tillgång till på VLeBooks. Observera att användarvillkoren nödvändigtvis inte är de samma, se titellista med användarvillkor nedan.

Information för användare vid LTH som har Linux
E-böckerna på VLeBooks är i acsm-format och det krävs Adobe Digital Editions för att kunna låna dem, men ADE stödjer för närvarande inte Linux. Det går dock att installera programmet via WINE, här finns en steg-för-steg guide för hur man gör. Behöver du hjälp med installationen kan du kontakta Datordriftgruppen på LTH.


Name VLeBooks
Publisher/Provider Browns Books, UK
Subjects included Multidisciplinary
Type of resource Platform with ebooks in fulltext.
Fulltext format HTML (vlereader) and ASCM-files (for download)
Accessibility Via IP address
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 Varies between 1 - 3 users and an unlimited number of concurrent users (see title list above for details).
Download required No, the books can be read online in the vlereader without being downloaded.
Must be borrowed No, the books can be read online in the vlereader without being downloaded, i.e borrowed.
Number of days for download One (1) day
Download and read offline Yes. You can download the entire ebook and read when you are not connected to the Internet. The free VLeBooks app also allows a downloaded eBook to be read offline.
Download to a portable device Yes, you can read the books on mobile devices. They require at least iOS 5.0 or Android 4.0 to read online, although the app will allow downloading for offline reading with older versions.
Copying Each user can copy 10% of the content, but a few publishers impose different limits. The reader will display the number of pages copied/printed and the number of pages remaining.
Printing Each user can print 10% of the content, but a few publishers impose different limits. The reader will display the number of pages copied/printed and the number of pages remaining.
Text to speech Yes, ReadAloud is available in the vlereader. The online reader allows for 5 different zoom levels in addition to the browser's standard zoom functionality. The background colour can be set to 8 different shades to aid dyslexic users.
Export references Yes
Export formats RIS
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 VLeBooks, but only within the physical premises of Lund University Libraries.
Interlibrary loan / Fjärrlån No
Text and Data Mining Policy  
Miscellaneous Browser requirements: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 4 and above, Chrome 12 and above, Safari 5 and above. JavaScript must be enabled within the browser.