There are thousands of ebooks available in the field of German Language and Literature, many of them catalogued on SOLO like any other book. Search for the subject "German Literature" and refine the library to "E-books/journals" to browse what there is on offer.
Ebooks come in a range of formats:
When you have located the book you want on SOLO, simply click the "View Online" link to be taken to the ebook provider.
Recently published ebooks are usually made available in the epub format used by ebook readers and apps. These ebooks must be bought by the library, either individually or as part of a "package" from a publisher. They are available to view online or download to an ebook reader. The providers use ebook reading software to "loan" the book. The period of the loan can vary between ebook providers, but renewals and print-outs are usually possible, and as the loan expires automatically, there are no fines. All ebooks that have been purchased for the library are catalogued on SOLO.
Some ebooks are scanned versions of printed books (for example, those available via Google Books, or Early English Books Online). These are usually available online in pdf form, often as part of a large database. It may be more difficult to download these to read on other devices. Many of these are also catalogued on SOLO.
Some books have been transcribed and are available online as searchable text (for example, texts available via zeno.org). These are often only available in html format, and may also be difficult to download to read on other devices. Look for these using an internet search engine, and be careful to check the credentials of the text - is it based on a printed edition? Has it been proofread?
A number of full text databases exist where you can find free ebooks not individually catalogued on SOLO. Here are a few: