edusource site

The edusource site is a promotional site which enables academics, educational institutions and learning providers to access and review international educational content in a digital format prior to adoption in their research, units, courses and curriculum.

All digital educational resources requested will go through an import process undertaken by our official publication partner, China Educational Publications Import & Export Corporation (CEPIEC).

Any information content contained in the digital content we distribute that may violate the sovereignty, constitution or regulations of the PRC is not endorsed or approved by edusource.

Syncordia's edusource program is fully legitimate and meets all the Chinese government regulations and policies. This program ensures that only approved international educational publications will be offered for sale into the territory of the People’s republic of China.

Registration and personal information

Registering enables our site to recognise you, speeding up any enquiries you make with us. It also helps to easily track any Wishlist or Digital Content requests you have submitted.

When you first login to the edusource Site, you will be prompted to complete a one-time registration process.

To register, simply provide us your full name, contact number, and email address, the name of the educational institution or learning provider you work for, your position and your area of interest in accessing our digital content.

You will also need to set a password so that we can remember you and your profile the next time you log in.

And finally, you’ll need to tick the box to acknowledge you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy and our general Terms and Conditions. From time to time, Syncordia may revise and update these terms.

Where we ask you to enter your personal information, our general policy is to ask only for what we need and to use it only for the stated or obvious purposes for which it was collected.

In simple terms, the personal information we collect is used to provide you with the service that you have requested or to respond to an enquiry that you have made. Further information is outlined in our Privacy Policy.

Click on My Accountat the top of the page and enter your login details.

Once you’ve logged in, you should see the wording “Hi _______”, showing your personal/first name. Click on your name to take you to the My Account Details page where you can review and update any of your personal information.


An ISBN or International Standard Book Number, is a unique commercial identifier assigned to a specific title by its publisher for tracking and ordering purposes. Since 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, starting with the 3 digits of 978.

Publishers, retailers, libraries, and higher education institutions use ISBN's as a way to identify a particular book, eBook or digital AudioBook to minimise any confusion about the title, edition or publication year. For example, an eBook, a paperback and a hardcover version of the same book title will usually each have 3 different ISBNs.

Higher Education institutions generally provide the details of the print book ISBN on the reading list for a unit or course.

For most print books, the ISBN number can be found on the back cover, next to the barcode. If a book doesn't show the ISBN on the back cover, look on the page featuring the copyright and publisher information and the ISBN will be found there.

In many instances, you can enter a print book ISBN when searching on our site and the search results will find the matching eBook equivalent of the same title. However, if you are unable to find a particular ISBN on our site, we suggest you also search by title, keyword(s) and/or author in the general search bar.

Digital Content (including eBooks and digital AudioBooks) published within China often has the same ISBN number allocated for both the print and eBook versions however we expect this may change over time.

There are two ways to search for digital content on our site:

General search using free text

You can search all our eBook and digital AudioBook titles by entering one or more search terms into the search bar. Simply enter the details of the eBook or digital Audiobook such as title, keyword(s), author and/or ISBN and we'll show you all the matching results.

Category search

Our digital content is also organised so you can search by the particular content type and/or category.

Depending on the page you are on, the category search option is displayed in the top navigation bar and/or in the search bar down the left hand side of your screen.

Research Materials can be searched by the content types listed below and then by category:

  • Academic Journals & Research Papers
  • Conferences, Workshops & Lectures
  • Patents & Standards
  • Reference Works & Encyclopaedias
  • Theses & Dissertations
  • Yearbooks & Statistical Yearbooks

Learning Materials can be searched further by a range of language and general educational categories.

AudioBooks can be searched further by a range of academic categories.

eTextbooks can be searched further by a range of academic categories.

You can refine your search further by choosing from the sub-categories that are available under most of these category options. Depending on the category you chose, you'll see the refinements that are available from your selection.

A few examples of refining a category search are listed below:

Academic Journals & Research Papers -> Mathematics & Science -> Biology & Life Sciences
Research Materials -> Reference Works & Encyclopaedias -> Computing & Information Technology -> Business Applications
Learning Materials -> ELT: learning material & coursework
eTextbooks -> Technology, Engineering & Agriculture -> Mechanical Engineering & Materials

To view the available metadata, you'll first need to register on our site. Registering enables us to recognise you and speeds up any enquiries you make with us.

If you've already registered previously, you'll need to log in using your email address and the password you previously set.

All of the titles on our site are set up for you to easily review in eBook shelves. Once you find a title you are interested in, simply click on the More Info button to see the full details for each eBook including the title, author, publisher, published date, eBook ISBN, print ISBN (if listed in our database), the number of pages and the eBook format.

For most content, you will also see a brief description of what the book is about.

Digital Content must be referenced the same way as print books.

If you use any Digital Content for your research, you must reference it using the correct format. Use the referencing style specified for your course or institution, and follow the examples available from any citation referencing tool if one is available.

Searching other sites for textbooks, journals, research papers etc is not against the law. However, it is advisable that you should only purchase materials that has been through the import process.

Wishlist requests

A Wishlist is a list of Digital Content that you are interested in and for which you want to enquire about availability.

Once you have identified Digital Content that you or your institution are interested in, simply click on the Add to Wishlist button. Make sure you are on the More Info page for that title to see this option.

If more than one copy is required, this can be changed by simply typing over the number listed in the box or using the arrows to increase or decrease that number.

If you are ready to send us your Wishlist request, simply click on the Submit button.

If you want to continue searching for other titles, simply click on the Continue my search button.

Depending on the quantity of Digital Content required and the pricing discounts already in place, the information you supply may assist in negotiating better pricing for you or your institution.

If submitting a request for your own research purposes, no additional authorisation is necessary.

If submitting a request on behalf of your institution, only those individual(s) approved by your institution to authorise or endorse Digital Content for a particular unit or course should submit a Wishlist request.

As soon as you lodge a Wishlist request we will:

  • Review the information and contact the relevant publisher/distributor regarding availability; and
  • Liaise with our official Chinese import publication partner for review and approval of the content.

If we need to clarify anything or require any additional information, we will contact you via email or phone within 2-3 business days of your request being submitted.

Once we have confirmed the status of both the availability and content approval process, we will update you further.

Request Digital Content

If you can't find the particular title you're looking for let us know and we'll do our best to get it for you. In fact, we're continuously working with international publishers to add to the educational resources we already offer.

You can Request Digital Content by providing us the details you have on the book title, author(s), year of copyright, edition number, publisher or ISBN.

eBooks only became a commercial reality in the 1990s and it has taken time for many publishers to get on board. Some imprints and publishers may only have converted their print titles into an eBook format from a certain date.

In some instances, particular books may not be able to be sold in certain geographies, usually because of restrictions placed on, or by the publisher. Where this occurs, it's possible the Digital Content you want may not be available in China or the publisher may have chosen to limit how it is distributed.

It's worth noting though, that many publishers are now using eBooks as an opportunity to reinvigorate some of their older backlist titles. eBooks are a cost effective way to distribute titles that may have been available for some time and are still of interest to readers, as this can avoid the additional costs of print on demand or small print runs.

Submitted Digital Content and/or Wishlist requests

Once you have logged in, If you need to access the history of any previous Digital Content or Wishlist request you have submitted please click on the My Wishlist wording at the top right hand side of the page.

You will then have the option of choosing from Submitted Digital Content Requests or Submitted Wishlists. Simply click on Select for the relevant reference number to see the full details of the Digital Content previously requested.

Digital Content Requests or Wishlist requests submitted at different times will appear with separate reference numbers and listings.

For records relating to previous Digital Content or Wishlist requests made by other staff on behalf of your institution, please send an email to or fill in the details on our Contact page.

Please ensure you confirm the details regarding who submitted or authorised the previous requests and confirm the name of your department, faculty and institution.

Additional help

A common reason why you might be having difficulty logging in is if the passwords you set don't match. If you are still having problems, please email for further assistance.

Click on My Account on the top right hand side of the page and then click on Forgot your password?

Once you enter your email address, you will automatically receive an email with further instructions on how to reset your password.

About eBooks

An eBook is an electronic book or digital book. An eBook is available in digital format rather than print format which means it can be accessed on computers, tablets and many mobile and dedicated eReaders and smart devices. It consists of both text and images.

Apart from digital AudioBooks, all other Digital Content listed on our site (such as eTextbooks and Research Materials) is in an eBook format.

There are many benefits of using books in an eBook format. Some of these include:

  • 24/7 access - eBooks provide online and offline access from anywhere, at any time
  • Greater security - reduced book loss/damage
  • Downloadable to multiple devices
  • Reduced study costs - in most cases, eBooks are cheaper than print books
  • Instantly available - unlike print books, eBooks never run out of stock
  • Quick to download - on average it only takes a few minutes
  • Highly portable and won't weigh you down - a typical tablet can carry thousands of eBooks
  • Enhanced book functionality - multimedia features which allow you to create and organize content
  • Unique search features - Search entire database of eBooks for a specific phrase or keyword
  • Integrated - all your study materials on a single platform
  • Environmentally friendly - completely digital, no trees were cut down to produce the pages of your eBook
  • Easy to use in an electronic learning environment

Our eBooks are generally available in an Adobe PDF and/or an ePub (ePublication) format.

ePub is an eBook open standard defined by the International Digital Publishing Forum. ePub allows digital content to be optimised and customised for large displays like your PC and desktop computer or small screens like a smartphone. It is a popular choice for eBooks because it allows "flowing text" and suits all types of computers and devices.

PDF or Portable Document Format was originally created by Adobe to provide a standard file format for storing and editing printable documents.

A PDF eBook (sometimes called Adobe PDF) typically presents the eBook in its original layout and visual formatting. These files can be read on a variety of computer and platform types however files are generally larger in size and may be more suitable for a PC or desktop computer. This means the text may not adjust well if the device you are using has a smaller screen such as a tablet or smart phone.

No. A PDF eBook is not the same as a normal PDF document that works on Adobe Acrobat and will require a different application to be downloaded.

eBooks have a lot more functionality than you may realise. Many eBook databases include the option of searching for keywords or phrases within the book, and some have enhanced features such as animations, video and audio supplements, hyperlinks and inbuilt dictionaries.

All of the eBooks we supply will require the download of additional free software such as Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader to save or download an eBook.

eBooks provide comparable content to print books however depending on the format you choose and the PC or device you are reading the eBook on, it may look different to a print book.

From time to time, some of the images available in the print book version may not be available in the eBook version due to the copyright restrictions of the publisher.

In some isolated cases, content may not appear as it should within the eBook copy. This can happen because of copying challenges during the conversion process as the book content can include many formats such as written text, intensive media such as colours or graphs/illustrations or complex content such as scientific or mathematical formulae.

Media content or supplementary material(s) referenced within the product description of the print book or print bundle may not be available in the eBook version. This means edusource does not guarantee to supply supplemental material that may be referenced in the eBook description (for example - DVDs, CDs, audio capability, lab manuals or access codes).

Access and Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Digital Rights Management (DRM) allows publishers to prevent unauthorized reproduction of their books. It includes the copy and print rules that have been set by each of the publishers.

All of the eBooks available to buy on our site are DRM protected before they are sent to you. This means that there are some security controls built into the downloaded eBook which prevent copyright infringements such as excessive copying or printing.

Each eBook will have its own DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection which has been set by the publishers to prevent any unauthorised reproduction of their eBooks.

The restrictions will vary by individual publishers and will generally limit the number of pages that can be copied or printed from an eBook. Most publishers allow a reasonable amount of printing and copying.

All you need is your personal computer, eReader, tablet or other portable device such as a smartphone however your eBook will need to be downloaded onto a device which has been authorised with Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) or Bluefire Reader, using an Adobe ID.

All of the eBooks displayed on our Site have DRM protections that restrict them illegally being shared with others. If you own multiple devices, this software also helps ensure that your eBooks are not locked on just on one computer. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and Bluefire Reader are free eBook reader software programs that are used for acquiring, managing and reading digital content.

They implement DRM and ensure user authentication through an Adobe ID so you can view your eBook on other compatible devices you own with that ID. ADE and Bluefire Reader are like a virtual bookcase which allows you to create book shelves to arrange your eBooks, just like a library. They also allow for eBooks to be added, removed and sorted easily.

ADE and Bluefire Reader are also required to transfer books between your personal computer and other devices that you own such as an eReader, tablet or smart phone.

The DRM will allow you to transfer your eBook content to several other devices on the condition that you ensure these devices are authorised with an ADOBE ID before any eBooks are downloaded.

Please note, if you do not register your other devices with ADE or Bluefire Reader prior to downloading your eBook, then your eBook will be tied to the device that you downloaded it onto and will not be able to be shared with other devices you own.

It is your responsibility to read our Terms and Conditions and/or Frequently Asked Questions.

Copyright applies to eBooks too. In fact the same obligations exist regarding agreeing to keep intact all copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices.

About AudioBooks

As the name suggests, an AudioBook is the downloadable digital voice recording of the text of a book which allows to you to listen rather than read. AudioBooks can be exact word-for-word versions of books or abridged versions.

As a digital audio file recording, you can listen to our AudioBooks on a music player, cell phone, computer, tablet, home speaker system or in cars that support streaming audio.

All of our digital AudioBook range is available in an MP3 format. The MP3 format is a standard for downloadable audio, and benefits from near complete device compatibility.

Yes. To download your digital AudioBooks you will need to first download the My Digital Downloader application. This app is designed to offer you the choice between a managed download of the individual MP3 files that make up a book or the complete download of a zipped file in a single delivery.

Once downloaded you will be able to transfer your digital AudioBook file(s) to a mobile device. Due to the file size of digital Audiobooks we do not currently support download direct to a mobile device.

Digital AudioBooks can be very large. Because of this, most customers prefer to download their AudioBook(s) to a device where storage space limitations, or internet connections are not an issue. You can then transfer your downloaded content from here to the device of your choice.

The MP3 format was designed by Moving Picture Experts Group who were responsible for setting the standards for audio and video encoding.

The goal of using an MP3 format is to compress a CD-quality recording, without noticeably affecting the quality of the sound. MP3 files are created using a compression algorithm for sound which considers characteristics of how the human ear works such as:

  • If two sounds are playing at the same time, we hear the louder one not the softer one; and
  • There are particular sounds that the human ear cannot hear and some which we hear better than others.

Using this information, parts of the sound can be removed without any significant impact on the sound quality of the MP3 recording.

No. Our digital AudioBooks range is available completely DRM free for maximum compatibility.