E-books licensed by the University Library are available in PDF format. You will generally be able to download single chapters or entire books as a PDF file. To read the documents, you will need a PDF reader installed. PDF files may be saved locally to your device or printed, even if your device is offline. Several providers also offer e-books in epub oder mobi (Kindle) formats.
You will be able to read e-books in PDF format at library terminals or on your own desktop PC, laptop, e-reader, tablet or smartphone, as long as they have PDF reader software installed. There will be no additional cost to you.
A great amount of software is available to view and work with e-books, including many free readers (also known as viewers). These applications allow you to open and read PDF files. Additional options may include higlighting, setting bookmarks and managing your own library. Not every software is able to edit, convert or merge PDFs.
Some popular free applications for your desktop or laptop PC are Adobe Reader, PDF-XChange and Foxit Reader. E-readers like the Amazon Kindle range, Kobo or Tolino will display PDF files using onboard software. Depending on the operating system, different apps are available for tablets and smartphones. For Apple devices, Goodreader or iAnnotate are recommended.
Please note that highlights and bookmarks may be lost changing from one application to another.
PDF readers will enable you to save comments, notes and bookmarks in a document. This allows you to mark and retrieve important information.
The use of e-books and other electronic materials is subject to special legal conditions. Please note and comply with the terms and conditions listed on the publishers' and providers' own websites. Access to electronic materials requires your agreement. Generally, the use and distribution of licensed materials is only allowed for personal, educational and research purposes. Systematic mass download of items is prohibited, as is distribution in P2P networks or on similar platforms.