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eBooks: About eBooks

This guide introduces library's eBook services and gives instructions how to read and download books on different devices.

The Library's eBooks


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The Library's eBooks
The library purchases single e-books as well as large e-book collections, depending on available options. Some of the books can be read by several users simultaneously, some only by one user at a time. You can also reserve an e-book that is on loan.

Reading eBooks

You can read the Library's e-books in your web browser or download them to your computer or mobile device.

Finding eBooks

You can find the e-books the Library has purchased in the Finna search service.  The service includes single eBooks (usually textbooks) and all the eBook databases.

eTextbooks

The Library tries to acquire electronic versions of the textbooks whenever these are available. Unfortunately the supply of electronic textbooks offered to organisations is very limited. The publishers also limit the access to the newest edition, often only the older editions of a textbook are available electronically. In addition, the services for e-books do not all work in the same way, and licenses that allow several users simultaneously are expensive.

eBook Glossary

Offline downloading
The book is downloaded to your own device, after which you can read it without internet connection or browser

Epub
Open-source file format used for saving and distributing e-books
 
DRM
”Digital Rights Management”, technology used to control access to digital data

Adobe ID

Free user ID that is needed to read DRM-protected books. Adobe ID is activated for the app which is used for reading protected books

Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe e-book reader that is needed when you want to download a DRM-protected e-book to your computer

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