Bookshelf

Bookshelf

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 4.6.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: VitalSource Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
4.5
4.5
18,555 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. • Review flashcards to quiz yourself on key concepts. • 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 10+

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Bookshelf app reviews

  • Poor quality 1/5

    By Mmjd25
    Why can’t I see the whole page? It is zoomed in and won’t let me zoom out. Paid too much money for a 30 day rental for something I can’t see.
  • App crashes 1/5

    By cmd_850
    Whatever update they just did is terrible! My app crashes over and over as soon as I attempt to open it. 👎🏾
  • Hate it!!! 1/5

    By Kayla2312j
    I hate how I can't turn the page like a normal book. I swipe and it takes you to the next chapter. So unfriendly to use! Worse app I've used this far.
  • It so... 5/5

    By Sheila Caader
    CHEESING GOOD 10/10
  • Bad 1/5

    By DrSurg
    The worst ebook platform ever, LWW should find a better company to work with, it breaks down, interactive section is useless, does not save progress.
  • Needs highlighting and notes support. 2/5

    By Queenoflilputia
    This click drag highlight is BS. There should be a highlight mode where it assumes the Apple Pencil is a highlighter
  • This app is crap. 1/5

    By Stopthetriviacrackads
    I use this bookshelf website because my online school uses it and that’s the only way I can view the books they make me use. It’s horrendous using the website to read, ESPECIALLY on an iPad. So, I download this app onto my iPad recently and the upside is that all my books are in one place and I can search a word and will pull up the pages with the keywords. Unfortunately, the organization within the search is horrendous. Today the app alerted me that I need to update it in order to open my textbook. Now if the sole premise of this app is to READ OFFLINE, why would they be blocking people from opening a book because their app needs updating? Very likely that person could be offline and could not update the app, rendering their book useless. I update it, come back and TRY opening it again, still saying I can’t open my textbook because it needs updating. Fix this app!!! Y’all have students using it!
  • Pain in the butt!!! 3/5

    By Theorogelio
    What chrisw said is exactly right! Besides that, navigation (flipping pages) used to be better before. If you enlarge the text, you cannot flip to the next page or go back to the previous one. You have to zoom out completely in order to be able to advance a page or go back a page. Also, the text font used to be big enough to read without having to change to landscape mode or zooming into the text in portrait. I suppose the developers switched from the ePub format to the PDF format for some reason. The former format is readable in portrait mode (most desirable), whereas the latter format is not. What a pain in the butt this is!!! Please do something about this! Unless of course the textbook is originally in PDF format. GO BACK TO EPUB FORMAT PLEASE!!! UPDATE: One thing I love about this app is the bookmarks, which are not available on the desktop version. I bookmark chapter reviews and can always go directly to them when it’s test time.
  • Bookshelf 1/5

    By 😑😑🤷🏽‍♂️💀
    Horrible app. When you log in you’re automatically suppose to see books pop up so you can download but nothing shows up it just say start building your library and when I search for a book it says this cannot be found. I literally can’t find a single book I need. Really bad app
  • Doesn’t let you search for books 1/5

    By Charlie Oak
    Just bought my first ebook through bookshelf. Will never buy again. Have to access book through website. Can’t even sync book to app.
  • Desperately trying to be something useful 1/5

    By EdwinExploring
    It’s so annoying that you have to have a proprietary app for their books. I don’t need to have my school books spread out through 50 different websites and applications. But since you are forcing that, at least make your app usable. There should be an infinite scroll option instead of the whole swipe for each page mechanic. That might work well for reading a novel, but not for studying.
  • It just crashes 1/5

    By H. Meshoo
    Last update let it doesn't work at all!! It just crashes when tried to start the app, it just crashes right away!!!!
  • This app is bunk 1/5

    By Mana_^.^_
    A day before my final and this stupid app won’t let me access my textbook until I update the app, even though I already did. Then it tells me I don’t have access to the book and need to repurchase it. Seriously? I have never had to “repurchase” and ebook after. I’ll never be using this platform again.
  • It’s good... but add a store 5/5

    By #puppytw3342
    It needs a store, and then I wouldn’t change a thing after that. I use this for my schoolbooks, and I give it five stars... (while I write this bookshelf is updating) I have science, and math on bookshelf that I use every day. After they add a store where you could get or buy books, then I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m a sixth grader and I say, personally, from my experience, GET BOOKSHELF. It is helpful, and you can just go to the app, go to the book you want, and BOOM, your reading. I recommend this app for kids like me.
  • App review 5/5

    By MartiAke
    Awesome app. Thanks
  • Weak 1/5

    By S1lv3rN3k0
    Doesn’t even save your progress through a chapter. If you accidentally turn the page you’re left to scroll for minutes to find where you were. Really annoying when a large chapter counts itself as a single page.
  • PLEASE FIX THIS APP 1/5

    By Me_Magic
    The app on both mobile and OSX barely work. On OSX, it crashes every time you try to look up a term, and on both IOS and OSX whenever you tap on a term to see the definition, it blinks a few times and disappears. I am required to use this app for school and it is driving me crazy. Please fix both of them!
  • Missing Night Mode 4/5

    By Notoooolololopj
    The app is good, but one thing that bothers me the most at night is there is no night mode. Yet the developer should add some more features since it has only basic. Keep up your good work!
  • Poor Mobile interface 1/5

    By sks32111111
    The mobile interface is very poor and has a lot of bugs. It’s hard to remain on the page you were previously on. The interactive questions are the worst! It doesn’t save your progress, allow you to highlight in the answers, make notes. Picking the answer choice is really buggy and you have to furiously try to click an option for it to actually select something and it’s usually not the one you were choosing. The size of the text of the questions is very difficult to adjust as well and doesn’t stay the same.
  • The smell is horrid 1/5

    By despacito reviewer
    Smells like my left angler fish
  • Love it 5/5

    By TLLife
    Easy to navigate
  • Good source for audio accessibility to research literature 5/5

    By Internet is not local
    I’ve use this app for several classes. It’s been used to do research projects and also access the audio textbooks in an audio format. I find it very useful and I’m able to do search and highlight or bookmark areas at where I need to return.
  • Pages aren’t sized to fit screen 2/5

    By Low beats
    You can only see part of the page at a time
  • Don’t use app is horrible! 1/5

    By Klswish
    I was using it for school. App kicks me out and tells me I must update the app before I can access my book. Umm their is no update, it already updated several days ago. Huge problem. I try to give feedback within the app and guess what, it won’t let you submit. Horrible that I have to rely on this for school. Has done this multiple times.
  • A college students best-friend 4/5

    By Christipher DiCesare
    As a college student I would find myself going to the campus book store and shelling out $150-$300 for a single textbook. Then one day I noticed that one of the books I was going to buy was digital through this app. I was using an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil to take notes so I figured maybe I should give it a shot. The physical book was $170 the the digital being $60. I have been in love with it ever since. Some teachers, usually the older ones, are not always happy that an electronic device is being used to replace a notebook pen and textbook, but I remind them that it is not a privilege that I am here, I pay a hell of a lot of money to be in the classroom and I will study and learn the best way for me. It is worth it, and will save you lots of money!!
  • Will not update with latest book 1/5

    By Djmayjr
    App will not update the library to include the book from my current class. Can’t invest too much more time to try to make it work and there are no errors to explain what is going wring
  • No longer opens purchased books 1/5

    By nsuchsland
    I used to love this app, it was one of the better e-book apps. I used it for nursing school books. I purchased about $1000 in books for this app for school. The app updated and will no longer open these books. It has been less than 5 years since I graduated and I still use the books for resources. Some of them I have hard copies of, some I don’t. This is extremely disappointing.
  • Update 1/5

    By Nettiepooh8907
    I can’t open one of my books, it says that I need to update the app, which I already did. I have restarted my iPad, updated my iPad, and it still won’t open.
  • App never works 1/5

    By 12345NNY
    First I couldn't turn the page now I can't even open the app
  • Crashes may more than it works!! 1/5

    By Phillymanelp
    I’m in nursing school and have several ebooks on this app and I cannot read them on my iPad because of the frequent crashing.
  • Crashes 1/5

    By edlsy
    This app crashes half of the time I’m using it.
  • Won't let me flip pages: UPDATE 4/5

    By DYJ0579
    I'm really frustrated with how it's not letting me flip pages. What's the point of this app if I can't even use it to read? Not to mention prior to not being able to flip pages, when you could flip pages, it would take around 5 seconds to load, where my kindle app was instantaneous with no lag between pages. Updated review: looks like they did an update to fix the issues regarding not being able to flip pages and highlighting. There is still a bit of lag between flipping pages, but at least I can flip the pages. I appreciate the developer responding to my review and making sure the issue was resolved.
  • Poor application 2/5

    By Davellin
    This app looks like it’s from 10 years ago. The page turning is horrible you get blocks for like 2 to 3 seconds which messes up your reading flow. You can not change the fonts to enlarge them. There is no way to change the color to white on black. This is the same on iPhone and iPad, and the place holder does not carry over from one to the other. The book I have is for COM101 and is in PDF format why could I have gotten is from Amazon or iBooks. Next semester I will be buying the real book even if it is a huge inconvenience. Devs look a Kindle, iBooks even i2Reader to see how a e-reader should work.
  • Learn 3/5

    By Buschman5
    They need to learn from Amazon
  • Disgusting app 1/5

    By Akki_patel
    Spinning wheel keeps on spinning even though you downloaded the book inside the app..
  • Two devices? 1/5

    By Medicrunner
    It is extremely frustrating not to be able to sign on to more than two devices to access the very expensive books that I’ve purchased.
  • Useless app 1/5

    By Skottj925
    This app is so buggy I cannot even open my books on my IPad. I tried to send feedback and that is frozen too. Very frustrating to try and use.
  • Like 5/5

    By Like I t a lot
    Customer friendly and easily accessible.
  • Western civilization 1/5

    By Shayelainepimp
    The books took over an hour to download and I still don’t have it. I tried to write a review in app but it was glitching I really just want to be able to read my book in the go and I can’t.
  • Help 2/5

    By babygurl0991
    Every time I try to open my bookshelf it keeps closing down. I can’t open my books. Can you please fix this.
  • High praises and a suggestion 5/5

    By nu1142
    To start I thoroughly enjoy this app for reading my textbooks for college. The menus are simple and effective, staying out of the way so I can get my reading done without hassle. I enjoy the bookmark system, though I am still figuring some features out—such as how to remove an old bookmark. If I was going to ask for one thing, it would be that some variation of a night-mode be added in the future. I don’t feel I’m alone in preferring a darker background with light text to read, especially in dark areas. Other than that, I see no problems. To date, I haven’t had a bug or a crash. Great app!
  • Excellent 4/5

    By Stellie10
    The reading app is excellent. Layout is made with an effort to mirror the actual book as much as possible. Appreciate the fact that there is more that one color highlight, although there could be more than just two colors. Second thing that could be better is the frame for viewing tables. I would appreciate being able to zoom in and out with a finger pinch. And lastly, the « narrator» needs to sound much more like an actual human reading. As for now it is like a robot reading sequences of sentences. Nonetheless, scrolling down the text is easy and there is no hopping from page to page; it is rather a continuous thread when it comes to any particular chapter. And by only sliding left or right you are already in the next chapter. This keeps different chapters closer, and saves time. If improvement is made to based on the preceding fallouts, I think this is can become the leader in reading apps (I have already tried both Inkling and kindle).
  • Worst reading experience 1/5

    By 末 那 识
    I guess CFA institute work with this app only to force candidates to buy the hardcopy textbooks
  • Painfully slow book downloading on iPad Pro 2015 1/5

    By MacBoi2018
    Please fix this! Also, problems with your feedback forms in the app. I was trying to avoid leaving a public negative comment, but the app is buggy & won’t allow submitting a comment.
  • Unusable right after update 1/5

    By ITfromMT
    After update it still says it can’t open my books until I update. Worthless behavior when one has homework and can’t afford to wait. Also, feedback that’s built in also doesn’t work for me to even provide feedback directly vs on a public forum.
  • Use another company 2/5

    By Avi8tor614
    Not very good can't turn the pages have to uninstall and reinstall
  • Great for reading 4/5

    By styyu7hjii8
    I love this app but I’m not if I can say I love it so much because the app won’t even tell me how to get a book so please fix the problem…however I still think this is a good app to read on.🙂🤨
  • Really handy 4/5

    By brianrgr
    The app is very handy and I like the fact that when citing the information is formatted on word. Makes it a bit easier when writing papers.
  • Doesn’t work 1/5

    By zomvaldez
    Can’t open my book and went to give feedback and I couldn’t even submit that!!! A lot of issues with this app

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