• Category: Education
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 3.9.8
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: VitalSource Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
2,530 Ratings
$ 0

Bookshelf App

Use VitalSource Bookshelf® to download and access VitalSource textbooks on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Read your books online or offline, search across your full library, and create notes and highlights to help you study. Bookshelf Features: • Download books to your iOS device for easy online or offline reading. • Simple, user-friendly navigation and a clean reading experience. • Search inside your current book or across your full library. • Select text to create notes or highlights from your mobile device. • Tap to open figures, view captions and pinch to zoom. • Sync your bookmarks, last page read and all of your notes and highlights between your iOS device and our desktop or web-based Bookshelf apps. Requirements: • VitalSource Bookshelf account • Access to one or more VitalSource textbooks • iOS 7+


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Bookshelf app reviews

  • No way 1/5

    By tabarsi00
    The most difficult, unfriendly, and confusing app I have had the displeasure of working on, ever.
  • Easy to use, could do with some work 2/5

    By LoganCC
    Overall an accessible and intuitive app, but I find the fact that I can't highlight text on pages that have image boxes or tables extremely frustrating. The table of contents option could also use some work.
  • CRASHING! 1/5

    By quacker924
    Every time I open the app it just crashes. It's so useless!
  • Inkling has a better user interface 1/5

    By Ouhouston
    I should be able to able to navigate books by chapter. Pocket medicine is not structured like it was in inkling app.
  • Update is Great, but... 4/5

    By juju916
    Since the update, I'm only allowed to read the book pages vertically. I would like the option to read it like a two page view. Sorry, I hope this makes sense. Please have that option back. Thank you so much!
  • Not user friendly 1/5

    By tinap147
    You can't view two pages at once in landscape mode. If you select a word, the page freezes and you can't turn the page until you deselect that word. You have to swipe across the entire screen to turn the page, you can't just flick your finger like other book apps. The only reason why I have this app is because I need it for school. Otherwise I'd use anything else.
  • So far not the best 3/5

    By Titans9307
    Every time I turn the page a get a quick bright flash of the next page loading. Not sue how long I can read with this occurring.
  • Deactivate a device 2/5

    By CardPlayinTurtle
    I use this app for school to for my online books. However, I am unable to have the same username and such on three different devices. Depending on what I am doing will depend on the device. I would be nice to use my Mac, iPad, and iPhone to receive a book I paid for.
  • Does not work 1/5

    By sean-sational
    Device activation limit
  • Great app 5/5

    By shardanay
    PERFECT APP! Very reliable. Convenient
  • Stop making me accept terms and conditions! 1/5

    By IceBlueLugiaas
    I accept the terms and conditions, stop making me re-accept them every time I open the app!
  • Unable to create an account 1/5

    By MikeGaisser
    I'm not sure how I am supposed to use the app if there's no option for me to actually create an account.
  • Annoying "Ts and Cs pop ups when opening app EVERYTIME 1/5

    By Highly disappointed individual
    It is a basic app and has the essentials. So I would give it a 4/5 but i find it annoying having to accept terms and conditions every time i access the app. Never mind the fact that I didn't have a choice in getting this app because it was the only way I could access my textbooks. I don't mind accepting the terms and conditions once or every time there in an update but not ever time time access the app in lucid get when I lock my device and decide to unlock it. Fix it please and I will change my review to a 5.
  • Not user friendly 1/5

    By achordr
    Hard to add a book
  • No integration with the Apple Pencil or iPad Pro 1/5

    By Crystalleyezedreams
    I was excited to see that a textbook I needed for my class was offered from this app when I first bought my iPad Pro recently. Even though I had a hard copy of the book, I wanted to be able to use the split screen on the iPad to follow along in class with the textbook and take notes on the side. So I decided to purchase a rental. I was sad to see that this app does not have any updates involving the use of the Apple Pencil or the iPad Pro. Please include ways to highlight with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. It would be great to be able to write on the pages and highlight in one step rather than to select the text, drag my finger to the text, and then select highlight. Dragging the pencil over the text should be sufficient. I would be very happy to see that in the next update!
  • Could be great 2/5

    By Manic187
    Constantly crashing, freezing, and overall just not working. The app could be great if it actually worked or was reliable in any way.
  • Terrible app 1/5

    By Back_packer
    We purchased an ebook that only uses this app to read the book. The app crashes every time we open it. Talked to the book company who said it's the apps problem. Waited on hold for 30 mins and never spoke to anyone. It just sent me into their voice mailbox. No response so far.
  • No Printing on Mobil? 2/5

    By Deut67Teacher
    As a teacher I was excited to get this app and then I went to print a comprehension sheet for a student and discovered there is no way to print. I'm so disappointed.
  • Horrible 1/5

    By kkudro
    Highlighter won't work. Slow to load and crashes constantly
  • Reason 1/5

    By Shaquishwaa
  • Crashing 1/5

    By Smd91469
    This app has been freezing up and crashing all day. I've reinstalled the app, logged in and out several times and nothing works. I finally had to rent the book on yet another app which cost me more money. I used to app to save money and to have the convenience of online availability but so far that hasn't been the case. Please fix this asap!!!!
  • Useful if it weren't so unreliable 1/5

    By timetoevolve
    With the latest update, I can no longer highlight at all, nor do the highlights even correspond to the actual spot on the page - they take me to the beginning of the section. As a nursing student who relies on highlighting, this is not useful.
  • No access to book videos 2/5

    By Avanti58
    I bought both text and Etext and neither had access to required videos included in the book. After a lot of correspondence I was told to seek help with the publisher, who by the way sells the book at a similar cost. Both were purchased from a college bookstore. Poor judgement on bookstores and professors on the text required for class and syllabus which asked us to watch videos from text for discussions. Two star only because the etext reads out loud on app.
  • Terrible 1/5

    By Texas Shazoo
    No kindle ereader support (only fire). Voice read back is awful and hard to use. The app constantly scrolls back to top of page whenever it wants. I will just get the physical books. Ext semester.
  • State of Our Educational Industry 1/5

    By Jonny Bergquist
    The app is painfully slow. There are dozens of ebook and PDF apps that do the job so much better that one ought not need to use Bookshelf, but, alas, my textbooks are half the price in digital form (though only temporarily accessible via a subscription model), and they are only available on this platform. I don't blame the developers, necessarily. I place most blame on the industry; the publishers pillaging students' wallets in charging $200 for the exact same information as the last edition with only minor changes to homework questions, the teachers seeking for a kickback, the educational institutions pushing for expensive editions to make a profit in their campus bookstores. I'm just too "well off" to get government assistance, and make just little enough that I feel the burden of every dollar I have to spend on these books. So for the developers: the page turning is very slow, and so are the interactive features like highlighting and copying. The one star is because those are the worst things about the app, and obviously most essential things I have to use. I do appreciate the attempt with "read aloud" feature, which could honestly save me hours by letting me listen to my books, but the voice is a bit difficult to bear listening to for any length of time. Something that sounds a bit more human would seriously help. Also, sorry for the rant. If I have to keep using the app and future updates fix the main issues, I'll happily update my rating for it. I probably will not have changed my opinion on the textbook industry though.
  • The worst app 1/5

    By Mahdi756556
    The worst app and the worst website in general. They are supper deceitful and hustler
  • Book shows as webpage 1/5

    By BAdAzŹ
    The book shows up as a webpage. It has no figures, tables or pictures. How I wished I hadn't bought my book via the mbs book direct website. Don't use this until they upgrade it.
  • Purchased books on pc; download on phone 5/5

    By Tux bulgy
    (Within first min of buying, not long time use yet) so simple and glad I found this app. Works like the pc version but sleek and fitting for iOS. Needed download for textbooks
  • Lol lol Ridiculous 1/5

    By Lawww
    Is this a joke? This is plain stupid! The electronic voice reading the textbook sound extremely annoying. The "Normal" feature is too fast. When you slow it down its sounds so bad that, you would think this is a practical joke. Every classmate who heard this thing today after I got it, laughed hysterically and thought I was playing a prank on someone. It's that BAD!!!! Don't waste your time with this. This is just a joke of an app. Disrespectful even! 😡😡😡😡😡
  • a waste of time and money 1/5

    By ehesbus
    horrible. i regret every wasting my money for this. i bought the book looking to print and it is absolutely awful. online, the book is unorganized and you can't page more he two pages at a time. one page ends up being five when you try to print it and it doesn't even highlight. the book i bought doesnt even appear in the app! absolutely horrible, please do yourself a favor and never use this service.
  • Needs updating 2/5

    By JennHRobinson
    This app seems like a good fit to support the Apple Pencil for easier note taking and highlighting. Takes more time to annotate than to read the text.
  • Don't waste your time and money here 1/5

    By F.C. Jr.
    I'm in college and depend on access to my ebooks. Today I opened this app and ALL of my books are gone! Poof! I have finals in 3 days and now I have no books to complete my work! So frustrating. When I opened the app I got a screen message that said, "You have reached your machine activation limit." I paid for this app and these books, I need them restored today... Reaching customer service through the app is ridiculously difficult. I won't use this service again. Very unreliable. I give this app -1 stars. That's negative stars.
  • Books are gone...... 1/5

    By Tonya28!F
    Books that I had in my library are gone.... like 5 of them n I can't find them
  • This doesn't work on my windows 1/5

    By Zuzu_duhh
  • Just Ok 2/5

    By Caitlin 7636
    It's nice having all my college text books in one place, but navigation is not intuitive, and highlight/note function is clunky. PLEASE UPDATE TO SUPPORT APPLE PENCIL!!! If I could make notes by writing with my Apple Pencil, I would give this app 100 stars.
  • Page turning 1/5

    By Earfuhgfarejkhafre
    This app is terrible It takes forever for each page turn and his just a pain in the *ss
  • Needs some fixes 2/5

    By AreuSleepy
    When using the reading out loud feature, the text that is highlighted gets about a paragraph ahead. And the reading speed should be tweaked. Normal is the only useable speed. All other options are way to fast or slow. Add some fine tuning to the speed setting.
  • App Support was Great 4/5

    By DevilsReject1026
    Couldn't figure out how to get read aloud to start where I left off, and emailed support. They got back to me in under 5 minutes and gave me the answer. Would be five stars if the pages turned like a physical book instead of a never ending scrolling page.
  • Not that great 2/5

    By Brinkbabe91
    It is really hard to read the books. Some of the features are nice. Really wish I could use my books on other apps though
  • Only using it because eVantage forces me to 2/5

    By Dr Ennui
    As a basic reader, it's functional. My problem is the inability to make effective annotations to the document, as only basic hilighting and comments, and the comments MUST be associated with a hilighted section. Blame GoodReader for giving me high expectations of other readers.
  • This App is Terrible 1/5

    By Jackcket
    Bad navigation and confusing usage. This app is awful. I had to get it for my political science course. The book I have is downloaded onto my phone, yet every time I swipe to turn the page, it takes a long time to load. Don't get this unless your teacher makes you.
  • Serious Issues 1/5

    By cody9200
    This app needs an update. Turning pages should not be such a hassle. It shouldn't take so long to load when turning pages. They are trying to reinvent the wheel. Just give me a PDF.
  • . 1/5

    By .🐼Panda🐼.
    I can't access any of my textbooks and it's trying to get me to pay for them again, despite the fact that I've already bought them
  • E-Book Lover 5/5

    By AKAQT2
    I love this app and it's very convenient!
  • Never again 1/5

    By burntblossom
    The highlighting functionality is limited and turns the page/chapter if not careful. Not user-friendly at all
  • Overly complicated!!! 2/5

    If you try to get a book from a publisher using this, it is ridiculously complicated. First what you have to go through until you get the book and then to access the book and download it.
  • Might be the worst app I've used in a long time. 1/5

    By Pdizzzey12
    Can't get this thing to work...may be user error. Or could the the UI /system. Thx Wiley for forcing me to use this platform.
  • Disappointed in the service 2/5

    By sidelobe
    I bought an e-book from Vital Source because they promised that I would be able to read it on my iPad or Kindle. But the only ways to access it is through this app or their website. This is a terrible way to distribute a product. Now I have YET ANOTHER disjointed ebook reader. An ebook needs to be as portable as a paper book. The file formats are standard, let's make them usable. I shouldn't need to "wear different glasses" for each book I read! The reader works ok, but it's not great.
  • Awful 1/5

    By Afvvhtvfhsfcddhnjvs
    Absolutely awful. I would rather carry around a ten pound book than ever download anything to this app again. Do yourself a favor and just buy it through amazon.
  • Good App 4/5

    By Tag_ur_it
    I have used this app off and on for my school books over the last few years. It has come a long way but it still has room for improvement (just like every app). So far I have not experienced any of the problems reported by other users and have enjoyed using the app to read my textbooks. It has highlighter and note taker features and it's a lot easier to navigate around within the app than it used to be. I would like to see more functionality for the Apple Pencil in future updates. Being able to highlight or write notes by hand would make it a little more like reading and note taking in a real book. That additional capability would earn this app a five star rating from me. :)

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