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E-books @ HKBU Library

Everything you need to know about accessing e-books @ HKBU Library

E-book Platforms (English)

As the Library is making available more and more e-books, it is important to know the access options on different e-book platforms. Below are two tables outlining these guidelines for both English and Chinese e-books. Please be mindful of the Appropriate Use of E-Resources when downloading or printing e-books. 

English E-book Platform Subject/Content Download & Print ? Allowance Other remarks

ACS Symposium Series eBooks

Chemistry Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________
AMS ebook Mathematics Yes
  • Full-title (PDF)
  • 1 chapter (PDF)
Books24x7 Business, IT No N/A 3 concurrent users to the whole platform
Brill Online Books Humanities Yes Full-title ___________________
Cambridge Books Online Humanities, Social Sciences Yes 1 section (PDF) ___________________
Cambridge Companions Collection Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Music Yes 1 section (PDF) ___________________
De Gruyter Multidisciplinary Yes

  • Full-title (ePub)
  • 1 chapter (PDF)

DōShorts Sustainability, Business Ethics, & Responsible Management


1 chapter (PDF) ___________________
EBSCOhost ebook Collection Multidisciplinary Yes
(requires a personal EBSCOhost account)

• Partial Download: ≤ 100 pages (PDF, Epub)

• Full-title download only (1-day loan, maximum of 50 titles): Requires both EBSCOhost account and Adobe Digital Editions.

• Mobile compatible via Bluefire Reader App or the EBSCO eBooks app on both iOS and Android

• A small number of titles is not available for download. For these titles, you simply do not see the "Download this ebook" options.

Duke University Press Books Humanities, Social Sciences Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________
Elgaronline E-books Business, Law Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________
Gale Virtual Reference Library Multidisciplinary Yes 1 section (PDF, HTML) Responsive display on mobile devices
Greenleaf Online Library Sustainability, Business Ethics, & Responsible Management Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________

iG Library

Business, Management Yes Full-title (PDF, ePub) ___________________

IGI Global

Multidisciplinary Yes Full-title (PDF) ___________________
IOP ebooks Physics Yes

• Full-title (PDF, ePub)

• 1 chapter (PDF, ePub)

• Responsive display on mobile devices

• PDF and ePub can be viewed on various mobile devices and e-readers

JSTOR e-books Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences Yes 1 chapter (PDF)  

O'Reilly - Safari

Business, Computer Science No N/A

Requires users to sign up for a personal account with their HKBU email address

Ovid e-books Chinese medicine Yes 1 chapter ___________________
Oxford Scholarship Online Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Medicine, Law Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________

Peter Lang

Humanities and Social Sciences Yes Full-title (PDF) ___________________
ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly ebrary and MyiLibrary) Multidisciplinary Yes

• Partial Download: 30% of the title (PDF)

• Some titles allow for full download with no restrictions (PDF)

• A small number of titles allow for a full download for a 7-day loan. However, this requires you to install Adobe Digital Editions.

ScienceDirect (ebook) Physical sciences, Life sciences Yes

• Full-title (PDF)

• 1 chapter (PDF, ePub, MobiPocket)

PDF, ePub, and MobiPocket can be viewed on various mobile devices and e-readers
SIAM e-books Applied Mathematics, Computer Science Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________
SpringerLink e-books Computer Science, Mathematics Yes

• Full-title (PDF)

• 1 chapter (PDF)

Taylor & Francis e-books Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Behavioural Sciences, Built Environment and Law Yes Full-title (PDF) Online viewing requires FileOpen plug-in, which can be downloaded on"
Wiley Online Library (e-books) Multidisciplinary Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________
World Scientific (e-books) Multidisciplinary Yes 1 chapter (PDF) ___________________

E-book Platforms (Chinese)

Chinese E-book Platforms Subject/Content Download & Print? Allowance Other remarks
AiritiBooks 華藝中文電子書 Multidisciplinary Yes (requires a personal Airiiti Books account)

• Full-title download only (3-day loan; maximum of 4 titles): Requires an Airiti Books account* and iRead ebook software

• Print: Based on an insitutional quota. It will be indicated on the specific title.

• First-time set-up for the Airiti Books account needs to be done on campus

• Mobile compatible via the iRead ebook app on both Android and iOS

Apabi Digital Library 中華數字書苑 Chinese yearbooks Download only

• Full-title download (desktop): Requires Apabi Reader to open cfx files

• Full-title download (mobile): Requires Apabi Reader App to scan QR code of the e-book

Some titles may require you to register for an Apabi account before download
CADAL (HKBU subset) 大學數字圖書館國際合作計劃 Multidisciplinary Yes Full-title (PDF) ___________________
CADAL (all subsets, on campus access only) 大學數字圖書館國際合作計劃 Multidisciplinary No Online reading only: Requires a personal CADAL account ___________________
Chinamaxx 超星數字圖書館 Multidisciplinary Print only 5 pages ___________________
HyRead ebook Multidisciplinary Yes (requires you to log in with your HKBU SSOiD) Full-title download only (7-day loan; maximum of 5 titles): Requires you to log in with your HKBU SSOiD and the HyRead PC Reader Mobile compatible via the HyRead 3 mobile app on both Android and iOS
中國年鑒網絡出版總庫 Chinese yearbooks Yes 1 section (PDF) ___________________
瀚文民國書庫 Multidisciplinary Yes 5,000 pages per day institution-wide ___________________
中國統計年鑒數據庫 Chinese statistical yearbooks Yes 1 section (PDF, Excel) ___________________
Ovid e-books 中文 Chinese medicine Yes 1 chapter (text, ePub) ___________________

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is commonly used for Digital Rights Management (DRM) in e-books, so they cannot be copied or reproduced in any way.

1. Download the free software Adobe Digital Editions to your computer. Perform activation using your Adobe ID. (Create an Adobe ID if you do not have one)

2. Create a personal account on the appropriate e-book platform (i.e. ProQuest Ebook Central and EBSCOhost ebook collection). 

3. Download the e-book, which is usually in ACSM (Adobe Content Service Message) file. This is not the actual e-book but serves as the key to opening the e-book. 

4. Open the ACSM file in Adobe Digital Editions. The e-book can be viewed in its entirety during the loan period (usually between 1 to 7 days). It will "disappear" after the expiry date.   

Please note, Adobe Digital Editions is currently NOT installed on public workstations in the Library due to technical reasons. 

Bluefire Reader (Mobile)

Bluefire Reader is a common app to use when viewing e-books on mobile devices. It makes it possible to read e-books in EPUB and PDF format (including DRM-protected titles) on both iOS and Android devices. 

Here are the basic steps for using Bluefire Reader to view e-books on your mobile devices: 

1. Download Bluefire Reader (iOS, Android) onto your mobile devices.

2. Sign in/authorize using your Adobe ID. 

3. Download the e-book from your mobile device. 

4. Open the e-book in Bluefire Reader.