Getting Started with Bookshelf®

Getting Started with Bookshelf®

VitalSource Bookshelf gives students access to the materials they need to succeed. Instructors and students want quality learning materials that lead to successful learning outcomes. The world’s leading platform for distributing, accessing, consuming, and engaging with those materials is Bookshelf—the eReader that can be accessed online or offline (on most devices).

Students use Bookshelf to read, study, and engage with their learning materials. Instructors use Bookshelf to discover review materials for course adoption, plan their course, engage with students using shared notes and highlights, and more.

Key Features

  • Easy navigation and search
  • Notes and highlights
  • Sharing of annotations
  • Flashcards
  • Text-to-speech capability
  • Offline capability on Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android devices
  • Labs—get sneak previews of new Bookshelf features and leave us feedback so we can continue to improve your learning experience

How to Access

Bookshelf is available online at and via a variety of native apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. Students and instructors can visit their preferred app store or for links to download Bookshelf apps.

Integration with VitalSource Product Suite

Bookshelf integrates with your campus LMS for seamless student and instructor access. It also records real-time engagement activity, which is used to power VitalSource Analytics, including instructor dashboards, engagement dashboards, etc.

Training and Support

Your Customer Success Manager will provide you with details on Bookshelf training and support materials. We encourage you to explore additional Bookshelf articles on this website. 

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