• Category: Education
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 4.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: VitalSource Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
3,436 Ratings
$ 0

Bookshelf App

Use Bookshelf to download and access VitalSource textbooks on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Read your books online or offline 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 book for a term or phrase. • Select text to create notes or highlights from your mobile device. • Tap to open figures, view captions, and pinch to zoom. • Use text-to-speech to listen to your textbooks read aloud. • Sync your bookmarks, current reading position, and all of your notes and highlights between your iOS device, desktop, and online Bookshelf apps. Requirements: • VitalSource Bookshelf account • Access to one or more VitalSource textbooks. • iOS 9+


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Bookshelf app reviews

  • Overall really good app 4/5

    By ReddTheMaverick
    Really good app, very useful for studying just about anywhere. Although, when using it on an android mobile device, it doesn’t work well all of the time. Works really good on all my apple products though.
  • School 5/5

    By Puddle cups
    I like having all my books for college all on my iPad. It is so convenient.
  • Text clarity 3/5

    By Dstickney84
    When reading the book on my iPad the text is clear. When I read it on my computer it looks like someone scanned the page and the text is blurry.
  • Love the flexibility hate the cost 4/5

    By Madddawg505
    I first pursued a masters degree in 1981. Though the flexibility of written words, cross platform, notes, quotes and highlights is awesome, the inability to link to more than 2 mobile devices, for the price, is almost insulting. In addition, the constant up selling for web based assistance has the feel of McDonalds and the apple pie. Yet, I would have bought the assistance, even at age 60, had it been user friendly. 4 stars. Remove the emotional content of my post, 5 stars. Thank you.
  • Great, only one pet peeve 4/5

    By Redchicka89
    The app is great for reading off-line and it syncs accurately across devices. My only pet peeve is that it has no option to select a word and get a direct reference to the apple “look up” option for obscure words. Also, whenever I copy and paste a word into google to look up the meaning, I get a long reference with the word on the search box. If they are that concerned about plagiarism they need to make it more convenient to look up terms that are not in the glossary.
  • Book shelf 5/5

    By Juniorisanigga
    It awesome and fast I like cookies
  • Would rather just have .pdf 2/5

    By Klintala
    Honestly, I wish they would just let us download a pdf of the text book instead of using this app. It’s super glitchy when zooming in and out. Their are scroll bars blocking text. When zoomed in, flipping pages tends to be weird.
  • it often crashes !!!! 1/5

    By MLTR0
  • Best test book app ever 5/5

    By Swagger guy hi
  • Great 5/5

    By HonestTera
    I take online classes and I don't always have my laptop to access my books. This app is perfect and lets me read my books on the go. I had problems downloading them ,but once I emailed them they fixed it in the next hour.
  • Great App 5/5

    By Jasonium123
    I love this app, but... I wish there was a way to archive old material or create folders to organize my books better.
  • Wrong language! 4/5

    By KixTrixx
    When I try to use the reader feature in the app it reads my book in what sounds like German for some reason! Its a pretty easy fix by using siri speech but whats the point in including the feature if it doesn’t work and doesn’t let you change the speaking language? Otherwise it works okay for me.
  • Highlights not working after re-install 5/5

    By aaadetos
    I don’t know if this is linked to the new version or not but it’s been more than 4hrs and I’m yet to see my highlights after re-installing. I ‘m hoping to update this review and rate once I His gets resolved. I’m still waiting for Tech Support to get back to me after submitting a ticket almost 4hrs ago. The paste issue has been resolved by the way, which is great! Update: 4 hrs later the highlights came back...Phew! The app is great. I love it. The highlight issue needs fixing though. More frequent server refresh maybe?
  • Thanks for the update 5/5

    By ItsJustAdriel
    They brought back the library search on the app
  • Term and conditions 2/5

    By Luckyclova
    Every single time I open the app on my iPad it pops up that I have to accept the terms and conditions. Super annoying!
  • Great app 5/5

    By Happy mobile student
    Does what I need. No issues
  • Bad Voice over 3/5

    By HedgeGenie
    I follow the directions to change the reading voice and it doesn’t accept it. It’s sticks with the original voice that’s hard to understand at times.
  • My books are gone fam 1/5

    By johnny no books
    I updated this app and now all the books I need are gone.
  • Trash 1/5

    By collegekid4evee
    This app is trash. Crashes every time I try to open my book. I tried downloading on my phone and my iPad but it’s not working. I need this book for a class and I’m stuck reading on my laptop. It’s a huge pain in the butt. AVOID THIS APP
  • Just let me read it online McGraw Hill 2/5

    By McGraw Stinks
    Can’t wait to delete this app when I’m done reading this book for class.
  • I pay hundreds for books and this app ain't worth a plugged nickel 1/5

    By CB_13
    Crashes at every chance it gets. Screen flickers. Absolutely horrid.
  • Just use Amazon Kindle 1/5

    By Miffed90987
    This service is a waste of your money. Just use Kindle versions since they are 1) generally less expensive and 2) the content is more readable. My key issues with Vital Source: In some books, there is only a continuous flow reading pane (instead of traditional “pages”). This makes it extremely difficult to cite sources accurately in academic work. I “bought” a book last year (it was sold to me as the purchase option) but apparently (it was never disclosed) I was only renting it for a few months. So I went back to use the book for another class, and Vital Source told me I would have to “purchase” it again. I implore all of you just to purchase books on Kindle. Even if your University bookstore links to this App (that’s the only reason I used it to begin with). If you search Amazon with the ISBN, you will get the exact same book (ISBN is independent of seller).
  • pretty bad 1/5

    By nick7493026374
    The pages are hard to turn, it takes me a few tries each time to turn the page. When you turn the page it takes a couple seconds to load the next one making it hard to quickly find things you are looking for. If i didn't NEED to use this app because of one of my college textbooks, i wouldn't. I suggest that if you are looking for a reading app, don't make it this one.
  • Great 5/5

    By Teacherrory84
    This app works exactly as advertised. It even reads your purchased, downloaded book to you. LOVE IT!
  • Small things 3/5

    By _yaaazz00
    It annoys me that I see blue, orange, and pink highlighters but can only use green and yellow??? I also hate the page turning and how glitchy it looks.
  • Baaaddd 1/5

    By whatlet
    If it’s not required for the test, I wouldn’t even touch it. Tons of problems. I ended up spending hours talking to the help desk and the data still couldn’t sync. All they tell you is to wait another 20min.
  • app deleted all my books 1/5

    By TiaTodd
    They're just gone. And yes I'm signed in to the right profile. Had 4 textbooks that I planned on using for the rest of my life as they pertain to my career. They're just gone!
  • Videos Rarely Work 4/5

    By Thaluminator
    Great app other than the videos in the textbook not working half the time.
  • Only Using Because It’s Slightly Better than the Browser. 2/5

    By MilkdotWhole
    What a shame that I am stuck using this app for the next 4 years of college. It’s much more responsive than if you opened this on Cengage itself, but this app still has major hiccups. I’d give this app 5 stars if they would fix the terrible page swiping action. It takes an entire swipe across my iPad for a page to turn, and when you do turn, there is a flash between each page flip because the app is trying to zoom out of the page you’re turning on to. Though this is a small fix, I have this app to MIMIC a good a real book. Apple has proven that such an absurd idea is possible thanks to iBooks. It’s okay to admit that Apple got the experience right! Don’t try to be so different.
  • Doesn’t Work - No Support 1/5

    By NoManNoWhereNoHow
    Hate to give a non-functioning App even 1 Star. Doesn’t work. Major publisher preset with desk copies. Nothing accessible. What VitalSource refers to as customer support ignored request for assistance. Publisher trying to get their attention. Nothing yet. Need to find another App. Suggestions welcome.
  • Keeps hanging 3/5

    By Rghuggyug
    It’s a very important app to me but please fix the problem with the app suddenly stopping and I have to restart over again
  • Word definitions 5/5

    By charlottecox
    The update needs to be refined. I used to be able to hold on a word and check the definition of it. But I can’t do it anymore!!!!! This is a really bad update. Please revise it❤️
  • Rarely do I bother.... 1/5

    By studentgradfrustrations999
    Rarely do I bother to leave a review, but in this case I needed to. The app is horrific as is. Apparently basic functionality isn’t needed with managing highlights, which don’t match up later on if you want to switch to say your Mac, fair warning, when writing a paper. Also, chapters and notes/highlights don’t appear in some texts in the other view options (i.e. notebook and table of contents). It’s pretty sad when you open up the table of contents and see the title of the book (i.e. the cover is where it takes you if you are foolish enough to tap on it vainly hoping that it will go into a fall down menu). I love online books, but, especially textbooks, but your basically better off getting anything but this... oh side note when you "buy" the book you are only buying the right to download it for a year sol if whatever it is on crashes apparently. That’s just super comforting about the extremely expensive text you just bought.
  • Text to Speech ruined with update 1/5

    By bobbilinn
    I need to be able to move the page and scroll like before, now audio is paused/stopped when you slightly even touch the page. ANNOYING!!! Search feature is completely lacking (before big update and now as well). Will the promised update FIXES be available BEFORE my semester is over??? Trying to find an old version to download but haven’t found it anywhere yet. Want to revert back for old speech to text.
  • Update 2/5

    By Mormin
    Update: the latest update has begun resurfacing multiple issues. The app crashes, it reopens to the text I had used the first time I opened it, and it takes multiple restarts of the app to get to the point where I can actually study anesthesia. This app is wonderful in idea but has been a constant underperformer. I will be contacting the company from which I purchased these texts to voice my displeasure. Inkling never has these issues. The current version continues to crash and force reboot quite a bit. The main issue is when the phone times out it can’t pull back up without being reopened three times. Otherwise, the app is perfect for my CRNA rotations and quick access.
  • Cumbersome to use 2/5

    By IsybelKShepherd
    I had to get this app for an e-book that I purchased; hoping that it would be OK to just read on the go. Not so much! Hard to highlight. Unable to easily change highlighting colors. Hard to make comments near beginning and ending of pages. All in all cumbersome. For the heartache... I would spend a little more for Kindle.
  • Ok But Needs Work 3/5

    By Vee W.
    This app has been very useful for accessing my textbooks but I am having a issue with changing the highlighting color on iOS. When I click on an already highlighted section I get the option to change the color but once I click on it it doesn’t give me any color options beside the original color that I used. Please fix this and I will update my review. Thanks!
  • Update removes all the books 1/5

    By Cool Breezin'
    Would it be okay if all your pictures were gone from your device whenever the photo app was updated? Would you be alright with downloading all your pictures again?This is what happens to your books when the bookshelf app is updated. Having to download all the books again is NOT cool.
  • Like iBooks except bad 2/5

    By Mark L.,.
    There’s not much I like about this app, especially the text to speech reading. Just port your books over to iBooks already
  • What happened? 1/5

    Old update: quick highlighting. Pages do not shake when I zoom in and out New update: the worst
  • Still no support for Apple Pencil on iPad Pro 1/5

    By Crystalleyezedreams
    Highlighting doesn’t work on split screen mode. I’m not sure if it works in normal mode. Still no integration for the Apple Pencil. It would be great to see a word defined when selected. Being able to write on the pages with the Apple Pencil would also be a nice feature that would make it feel like a real textbook experience.
  • Broken App - Super Buggy! 1/5

    By rgaynor23
    Simply turning the page of a book causes the a gray bar to appear on the bottom of mi iPad and won’t go away until I restart the app... only to reappear again when I turn the page. Many universities and professional organizations require their students and member to use this app as a means of gaining access to books.... I expect a lot more out this app, and should be fixed ASAP. Very angry that I am forced to use this to study.
  • New update is glitchy 1/5

    By Dr pepper is cool
    The new update needs to be fixed. Everything has become very glitchy
  • NO 1/5

    By Roller coaster maniac
    the update glitches so much and as a student switching books and turning pages is a big deal and with this update, you hardly cant. PLEASE. FIX. THIS. so in conclusion, no.
  • Bring back the function to read graphs aloud!! 1/5

    By KitRN83
    I used to give this app 5 stars but now I wouldn’t even give it one. This update is garbage! In the read aloud function, it won’t allow you to scroll over a graph or a picture while the contents is read aloud. This functionality is so important! Please fix!!!!
  • Lost all my notes and highlights after the new update 3/5

    By Bobruli
    I am using this app for my CFA exam and suddenly all my notes and highlights disappeared after the update! Come on, I need my notes!! Update: My notes are back. Thanks a lot for the bug fix or whatever introduced the issue. I start to like the app and raised the review to 3 stars.
  • Please bring the dictionary back 3/5

    By alcor4ever
    I used to be able to highlight a word and use the “define” function to bring up the dictionary. With the new version it’s gone. Please bring it back as it is crucial for a reading app! 1/7//2018 Additional suggestions: Please also bring back the following features that were available in the previous version: 1. Remember the last used bookmark/table of contents. Now I have to always start from the top-level menu and work my way down. This is annoying when there are many levels and I have to go back and forth between adjacent book chapter/sections. 2. All levels of the bookmarks should be hyperlinked instead of just the lower-level ones. Now a upper-level bookmark only expands to more lower-level ones instead of being able to direct the user to the upper-level section of the book.
  • Terrible Update 1/5

    Previously, this app has been working pretty decently, compared to ones I've used before for other textbooks which would crash every other page turn. But since the update, it’s been laggy and less smooth in transitions like zooming it or turning pages. But primarily, why has the define option been removed when holding a word? I don’t understand that. Out of all the features, you would get rid of that small, innocent, yet helpful button. Please bring this back.
  • Could be better 3/5

    By HGCasey
    I downloaded this app to use my online textbooks in High School. So far, I’m having no issues. However, I wish there were a way to change the background of books from white to a softer eggshell white or beige. It would make it easier on the eyes when reading.
  • Behind the times 2/5

    By afoley21126
    Wish they integrated Apple Pencil in the app. I also wish highlighting was easier.

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