CNKI Academic E-Books

A curated selection of high-quality e-books from China

China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) now offers an e-book collection giving researchers access to more than 5,100 academic and historical e-books from China’s most authoritative scholarly publishers. With new e-books added continuously, CNKI has established agreements with more than 35 authoritative publishing houses, including The Yellow River Publishing Media Group, Zhejiang Publishing Group, Tianjin Ancient Books Publishing House, China Renmin University Press, and more. All publications are specially selected for the needs of academic research and are mainly historical, informative, and research-oriented.

CNKI Academic E-Books

Key Stats

  • Archive: 1905-present
  • Language: Chinese; some bilingual Chinese-English
  • Number of Titles: over 5,000
  • Updates: Continuous
  • Format: PDF
  • Producer: Tongfang Knowledge Network Ltd.
  • Platform: CNKI (TKN)

About CNKI Academic E-Books

The CNKI Academic E-Book collection contains select publications, representing six fields of academic study:

  • Literature/History/Philosophy
  • Economics & Management
  • Politics/Military Affairs/Law
  • Education & Social Sciences
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Architecture/Energy/Technology

In addition, many titles are organized by subject topic, for example:

  • Publications from Republican Era China
  • Collection of Shanghai Literature
  • Chinese Arts
  • Chinese Culture
  • Publications from the Chinese Social Science Press
  • English books

The collection includes more than 5,100 titles, including more than 100 bilingual Chinese-English publications, with imprint dates from 1905 to current. The e-books are hosted on a custom-built web-based platform by CNKI; use of the product does not require the use or installation of any plug-ins or software. E-book titles may be read online or downloaded as PDF in the original book format with no need for an additional reader. All pages, including illustrated pages and advertisements, are presented in full image, with 100% of the content searchable in full text.

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