E-books, or electronic books, are digital books that can be read on e-book readers, computers, mobile phones, or tablets.

As a student, or employee, at Jönköping University, you have access to a vast number of e-books on different subjects. Most of them are textbooks in English. The e-books are available through different databases, and you can read them both on and off campus through the library website.

How do I read e-books?

To read most e-books all you need is a web browser. You can easily find available e-books through Primo and follow the link to a specific full text e-book.

Most e-books can be read in the web browser and in some cases they can be downloaded in either PDF- or EPUB-format.

PDF-files can usually be opened in the web browser, or in a program such as Adobe Reader.

Windows, Mac OS, and Linux

Read EPUB files with a program that you install on your computer, for example Thorium Reader.

iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Read EPUB files with apps like Apple Books or Google Play Books (for iOS).


Read EPUB files with apps like Google Play Books or Lithium: EPUB Reader.

Can I print?

There might be a limit to the number of pages you are allowed to print, and according to copyright law, you cannot print an entire e-book, only parts of it.

How can I search for books within my subject?

The best place to search for e-books is the library search tool Primo. If you want advice on how to find e-books within your subject, you can often turn to one of the library´s subject guides for information. It is also possible to search directly in the databases, but then you might find e-books that are not in the library´s possession, and therefore not accessible for you.

If you are using a tablet, you can often avoid access problems by searching the book in Primo, and follow the link to the full text.

E-book databases accessible for Jönköping University users

The library currently has e-books from the suppliers listed below. The functionality might vary considerably across the different platforms. For tips on using each of them, click on the list below.