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Student EdTech: Read online

eBooks and Audiobooks on your own device can be downloaded from Sora and Overdrive. We encourage students to use Sora.

We have Kindles to loan to you, too. Books are pre-loaded. Unfortunately, we cannot load the Kindle or Audible books onto your device.

Request the ebook or Audiobook from the circulation station and we will give you the corresponding device.


How to use Sora on your mobile device

Step 1:  Download the app from your device's app store:  iTunes (needs a VPN) or Google Play
Step 2:
  • VPN is on, or you're on the WAB school Wifi
  • Open the Sora app > Find my school > Western Academy of Beijing  
  • Choose either Western Academy of Beijing (for students) or WAB Parent Login
  • Sign in with your WAB login (Student / Staff)
  • Parents use your parent portal login email and the password:  wabtiger.

Here is a tip:

Download the book(s) on your device when you are on campus with WAB wifi so that you can read offline without VPN.


Sign into Epic: 

Class Code: wcs9886

Find your student ID number and start your reading.

Please contact MS teacher-librarian Ms. Luna if you don't see your ID number.

Overdrive on your Mac

Go to

Login with your WAB  details:

Students and staff: Use your WAB ID

Parents: Use the parent portal email to login, with the password: wabtiger.

 Choose a book

  • Select the book you want and choose: Borrow > Checkout

  • You have the option to either read / listen in your browser (requires an internet connection)  OR

  • Download to your laptop for offline reading / listening. 

Listen to Audiobooks offline.

  • Download OverDrive for Mac in the app store from here.

  • Open the app.  Choose  File > Open  and find the .odm  audiofile. 

  • Select it, upload into the app. You can either listen in the OverDrive app, or transfer the files to any audio device connected to your laptop using the app.

Read e-books offline

To download and read an eBook offline, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions.  Students can download from the self-service portal.

  • Download the DMG file to install.

  • Authorize the app: Under the help menu select > Authorize computer

  • Choose Adobe ID (NOT Overdrive) and use your WAB details to create the account.

  • You are now able to download books and read them offline with ADE.


Kindle eBooks

Browse for books from our catalog, and check out a Kindle device from the library reception to start your reading.