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Welcome to the subject guide for e-books
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017 URL: http://libguides.ub.gu.se/e-books Print Guide

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This guide is designed to answer your questions about finding, accessing and using e-books at the University of Gothenburg.

You will also find information about reading devices, mobile apps and other technically related issues.

To access digital resources at the University of Gothenburg outside of campus you use your GU-card (students and teachers). External users have access to these resources within the library. Find out more.


Photo: Stina Högvik Hansson


Purchase suggestions and contact

If you would like your library to buy an e-book, please contact the library.

If you have problems finding or accessing an e-book, or if a link is not working, please contact Digital Services.


New e-books at the University of Gothenburg

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If you have problems accessing a specific book, start by finding out who published the book. Select the tab Publishers and Providers and locate the publisher’s or provider’s page to view the terms and conditions.

If it still doesn't work, try using a different web browser. Some platforms seem to work better with Firefox.

  • For questions regarding e-books and/or the publishers and providers, downloads or hardware, contact the Digital Services 


Special thanks to Lund University Libraries for inspiration and for sharing the structure of this guide and some of the content.

Publishers and providers

Gothenburg University Library has purchased, or subscribe to, a great number of e-books from different publishers and providers. The e-books can be accessed directly at the platform of the publisher/provider or via the local library catalogue GUNDA via SUMMON or via the national library catalogue LIBRIS.

Please note that Gothenburg University Library  does not  have access to all e-books from the publishers and providers. For information about platforms, content, terms of use, access, copying, printing etc., please select a publisher in the drop-down menu in the Publishers and Providers tabs.


General terms of use and restrictions

Information for students and staff  We advice you to start by reading the information in Restrictions on access & use of licensed ebooks

Information for librarians Several publishers have additional, or higher, restrictions for access and use, especially for Interlibrary loan and supply of copies to other libraries. Before providing copies to another library, please check the information for that specific publisher under Publishers and Providers. If you are in doubt, please contact Digital Services.

What is...

  • an Aggregator?
    = an aggregated platform (or database) which compiles and provide access to e-books, e-journals and other digital full text from many different publishers.
  • an e-book?
    = an electronic book
  • a licensed e-book?
    = an e-book the university library has purchased or subscribes to.
  • an e-reader?
    = a portable electronic device designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital books and periodicals.
  • a Digital Reading Device?
    = any kind of device to which you can download and read e-books. Click on the link to see examples of e-readers.
  • a Tablet?
    = a complete mobile computer, larger than a mobile phone and with a touch screen.
  • a Smartphone?
    = an advanced mobile phone that also can be used as a handheld computer and e-reader.
  • Adobe Digital Editions?
    = an application to manage e-books.
  • DOI
    A digital object identifier (DOI) is a permanent identifying number given to electronic documents when it is first published digitally by the publisher. A DOI is a alfanumeric string of signs much like an ISBN number for printed books.
  • DRM?
    = Digital Rights Management. Technology from Adobe used by publishers to control access to e-books and other electronic content. There are several levels of DRM.
    = Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management. A higher form of DRM where the user will have to accept two security notifications from the publisher/author to be able to read the e-book/document.
  • Permissive DRM
    = DRM with no restrictions
  • an App?
    = Application.
  • AR?
    = Augmented Reality.
  • E-ink?
    = a paper-like screen that allows you to read text and view images without glare from the sun or other bright lights distorting the picture.
  • EPUB?
    = Electronic Publication, an e-book standard.
  • a QR-code?
    = a two-dimensional bar code.

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