VitalSource Bookshelf Gives Textbooks Superpowers

Access your course materials on iPad, Android, Kindle and Chromebook devices with VitalSource Bookshelf, the textbook e-reader that helps you read, study and learn brilliantly.

Nearly 2 billion pages read in Bookshelf in the last academic year

We've added some great new features to Bookshelf!


Change your default language to Spanish, Japanese, or any of our 37 language options to use Bookshelf in your language of choice.


It’s here! If you’re already taking notes in OneNote, now you can also see your Bookshelf Notes and Highlights in that same, familiar tool allowing for all your notes to live in one place.

Look up in Wikipedia

Readers might want to learn just a little more about a word or topic. With one click, after a word is highlighted, you can now Look up in Wikipedia for more information!

Bookshelf Single Sign-On

Single Sign-on flow. Student from LTI or API can Single Sign-on to Bookshelf online or native apps on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Chrome, Kindle

Features You'll Love

All of your eTextbooks in Bookshelf

All Your Books Wherever You Are

See all of your eTextbooks at a glance and access them instantly anywhere, anytime from your Bookshelf - no backpack required.

Search and Navigation in VitalSource Bookshelf

Intuitive Navigation and Search

Multiple ways to move between pages and sections including linked Table of Contents and Search make navigating eTextbooks a snap.

Adding a Note and Highlights in VitalSource Bookshelf

Notes and Highlights

Highlight text with one click in your choice of colors. Add notes to highlighted passages. Even subscribe to your classmates' and instructors' highlights and notes to view in your book.

Multiple Viewing Options

Multiple Viewing Options

Scale images and text to any size with multi-level zoom without losing page clarity. Customize your page display and reading experience to create a personal learning experience that best suits you.

And More...

  • Print only the pages you need within limits set by publisher
  • Supports course materials that include rich media and interactivity like videos and quizzes
  • Easily copy/paste text passages for homework and papers
  • Supports assistive technologies for accessibility by vision and hearing impaired users

Read Offline With Free Apps

Need to access your books without a web connection? Just download them to your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

  • Download books on up to 2 computers and 2 mobile devices at a time.
  • Enjoy a seamless reading experience across devices, online or offline, with notes and highlights that sync automatically.
VitalSource Bookshelf