• Category: Education
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 9.0.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: VitalSource Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
27,935 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. • Create 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 11+

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Bookshelf app reviews

  • Annoying!!! 1/5

    By vv bumble
    It keeps sliding left and right between chapters when you just want to scroll up to keep reading the same chapter. And when u slide back it, brings you back to the beginning of the chapter you were reading. So 50% of the time you are basically just wasting time sliding back and forth try to find the point at which you lost it.
  • Fantastic 5/5

    By Shelley8720
    Stumbled on to this when I bought one of my required I use it for all of them. Works very well. Love the search, highlight and bookmark abilities.
  • This app succckksss 3/5

    By wet mike
    I downloaded the app on my Ipad, and followed the instructions on an email to redeem my textbook via code. Went into the account section and looked for a redeem code button, but there was none. I contact live support through the ipad and even that was buggy. The live chat window would disappear if i clicked off it and I would have to restart with a new representative. Eventually, I was told to redeem the code through my laptop. That worked and the textbook came up on my Ipad. Very annoying that you cannot redeem a textbook through an app. Otherwise, accessing the book after is easy.
  • Avoid! I lost my highlights! 1/5

    By CarmineGuida
    I was using this app to evaluate a textbook. I had hundreds of highlights. At some point, the highlights stopped syncing (new ones could come down, but ones on my iPad could not go up). Tech support recommended I leave the app open for 20 minutes. (Which I did and it did not work). Then they told me to re-install the app. This of course wiped out any data and I lost over 200 highlights. The other bizarre thing is they treat each chapter as if it’s one giant page. So if you accidentally swipe left or right while making a highlight, it goes to the next chapter. Then you try to swipe back to where you just were and it has lost your place. This is an app provided by the publisher, I can’t understand how they can’t have the true page numbers. In general, stick with the Kindle app.
  • Audio reading? It doesn’t work 1/5

    By Ceemartin83
    The audio reading, only reads the module number and the bold printing for the heading. It does not read the chapters out loud. I bought this book and had a difficult time reading it. I retain the information better when I hear a Audio book. I have speak on my iPhone. I can’t even click in the app to have it speak to me. I asked Pearson’s my A&P disabilities department to help. They told me to use this app. Big disappointment. Maybe it’s better on my laptop, I’m downloading the book now. Me again. It’s the same on my laptop. It won’t read the full book out loud. The company is reaching out to the author now. Hopefully it get fix soon. Thank you for responding to my review!
  • German for Reading Knowledge 3/5

    By Fflash2532
    Reading examples are in German. We need to hear the words as they should be pronounced in the target language.
  • Bad bad bad 1/5

    By Regitered Independent
    Won’t let me use multiple logins for different schools. I pay for content I can’t access. Any app that keeps me from what I paid for is a looser to me. Bought into Apple a few years ago. Aggressive salesmanship is disgusting. No wonder idiots are turning away from capitalism. In a few years we’ll tell you what you are going to get fo your app and it better work like it should or to the gulag for you. Bad bad bad
  • Awesome App 5/5

    By blp421
    Bookshelf is the pre- installed app that Capella University uses. It has proven invaluable to me in my studies. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, and bookshelf has gotten me through all of my assignments so far. It has a lot of cool and helpful features. Great app
  • Slow 3/5

    By benprophet
    It’s slow to load, and even though my books are downloaded, I usually can’t access them offline.
  • Poor documentation 1/5

    By unoriginal?
    This app has a horrible user interface and virtually no useful user help information.
  • LOL 1/5

    By John djolevic
    Chef life LOL $$$$
  • Ok 3/5

    By hbdbdidnd8362628
    Wish they had a feature that let me write on my book with my Apple pen
  • Difficult to navigate 2/5

    By Kellyk999
    Compared to Kindle and Libby ereader apps this is difficult to operate. You can’t tell how much is left in a chapter and it’s hard to page through to find things.
  • Great place for all those heavy text books! 5/5

    By Stepunderme
    I also love the audio feature on there too.
  • Extremely upset 1/5

    By hkcald
    I loved this app but when I tried to access my notes and highlights on either my computer or iPad, it would not sync no matter what I did. Yes I was connected to internet on all devices and logged into the same account. Finally I logged out of the account on the device that I originally made the notes and highlights on, and logged back in....everything from notes to highlights are deleted after HOURS and DAYS of work. I’m in tears. I will never use this app again. Iv emailed Vitalsource with no response.
  • Takes Forever to Load 1/5

    By Utubeb4Ads
    This App is completely unusable for mobile. It works alright on the computer, unless you want to print a page. It takes three mins to load the 10 pages, and then when you print, it says “Error. Something went wrong. Please try again later.” I have wasted so much time trying to get to app to work in the way that I want when on a desktop. Disclaimer: I have also experimented with printing one page and that actually works. Additionally, the notebook feature is absolutely a glorified bookmark organizer. It is not like a traditional notebook where a workspace is provided nor are there pages you can flip to. You can’t even file the bookmarks/highlights underneath each other or title the highlights/notes; so even as an organizer it is unusable because you end up with a endless list of highlights. On the mobile app, the book has to load every single time the it opens. This process is quicker on the desktop. On the phone, it takes three mins for me to load a page and on the laptop it takes less than 30 secs; this difference is too noticeable and makes me not want to use the mobile app. Also, if I switch between apps and switch back, the app has to refresh the pages again so cross referencing is impossible. I have experimented with both WiFi vs cellular connections and the results are consistent. Furthermore, if I adjust the margins or the page color then the entire app goes blank and I must wait additional time for it to refresh. It feels like if I actually use the app and it’s options, then the app will freeze and that is why I am giving it one star. I should not feel anxiety over making an app freeze by using it the way it was intended to be used. I like that the app goes to the page I left off on across all my devices. However, I have to wait for it to load. If there is any way for the app to keep the page loaded then it will make my mobile experience better. Also, if there is a way to flip through a page without having to scroll, maybe like a “one-page-scroll” system then it would enhance the mobile experience. The creators of this app are experimenting with different features, but I just wish the app worked smoothly as an online book. If I did not have to use this for class, I would not have downloaded this app. Right after this review, I am uninstalling the app because it is unusable on a mobile device. I will only use it on a desktop because that is tolerable. Please fix the highlighting, the scrolling, and the load time. Thank you.
  • Read aloud isn’t what you think 3/5

    By yerbaby
    That read aloud feature is grating to use, I guess I thought I’d be hearing a human voice but instead it’s Siri, I can’t use it without getting aggravated. It’s cool otherwise.

    By Extremely Disatisfied Customer
    Absolutely Horrible! Bilious! Absolutely worthless, not intuitive. Highlighting features are awkward. Why can’t I use my Apple Pencil to highlight and write notes like every other app?! And why was I forced to use this stupid app anyway? I BOUGHT THE STUPID eBOOK! For $75 I should be able to use whatever app I want!! Hate it. Will never buy again. Will never recommend!
  • Wish for certain features. 4/5

    By countrycrystallemonade
    Will there ever be a feature for iPad where you can use the stylus to actually write notes or summary of paragraph? I used to write in the margins of physical books and draw pics and miss this feature since I transferred to electronic books. Also, I would like to see the fast highlight feature for iPad like the computer app has.
  • Nice app/lots of features! 3/5

    By tabs2552
    I like all the features in this app but I’ve had a lot of problems with it crashing with just normal use, I’ll just be reading a section without touching anything and it just closes..
  • Freezes 2/5

    By zavbrt
    It freezes every time I change a song from other apps
  • Pretty ok 5/5

    By LucasSlapsThe🅱️ass
    Just ok..... yes. Nice shortcut from the other book.
  • Helpful but crashes regularly 3/5

    By nina.kress98
    I love this app without carrying around a textbook, but the app crashes on a regular basis.
  • Great ebook-reader! 5/5

    By EricZanc
    Excellent so far! 😁
  • Book randomly disappeared. 4/5

    By Liz Bate
    I like the app, but I’m giving it four stars because while I was reading the app must’ve glitched out because it randomly brought me to the “my library” page and had no books. I went back after closing it out a few times before my book appeared again. I’m not sure what happened.
  • Almost perfect 5/5

    By Starsigma
    Over all the app is great. I have been able to down textbooks for school. And I can rent them at a lower cost rather than purchasing them outright. The app so far syncs pretty well between devices. However the major flaw I see with the app is you cannot highlight, or make notes. This is a basic feature and one of the primary reasons to download a digital book app on your phone or tablet. The company only gives the option to make notes (notecards) or highlight text on the website on a computer. The whole point in downloading the app on a tablet is so you don’t have to take your laptop with you everywhere. Being able to highlight text on your textbooks is a basic feature that one looks for in a digital book app. It was real let down when I found out I was unable to do so. Whether you are using an Apple Pencil or your finger you should be able to mark on the pages. Update, the developer reached out regarding the issue I had from my review. Gave instructions on how to address what I needed in the app. I appreciated the feed back on the help. Though done slightly differently than the website version. Indicated to press down on item needed to highlight and the option would come up. I attempted to do so and it has worked. I will continue to use this app.
  • Cant access books 1/5

    By Britking8
    Doesnt even register as my books
  • Great App 5/5

    By Nurse Juicy Lips
    I am not one to utilize an eReader for books; however, I must say eReaders make it easy to carry multiple books at once! I love it!
  • Not easy to use 1/5

    By littlebartel
    I am using this text book for nursing school. Most of the time I can’t tell what volume I am in. Volume 1 page numbers are Roman numerals not numbers. It’s very frustrating because I spend more time trying to figure out if I even am reading the correct sections for class
  • Great App 5/5

    By Codyduncan
    This app works well with my iPad and has some handy features. Quite enjoyable user experience.
  • Could use more note taking features 3/5

    By anabelllaaaa
    I wish the app had more highlight options and would allow a better organized note taking style.
  • Can’t highlight, no sync 2/5

    By Kautexas
    I’ve tried multiple times to highlight passages and even words, on both iPhone & iPad. No matter what the highlight doesn’t work. Also, I am unable to stop reading on iPhone and pick up on my iPad (or vice-versa). The app is helpful, but it still could use some major additions. I liked one persons suggestion that freehand notes be an addition.
  • Horrible 1/5

    By Denharv
    I can’t download any book, there is no update for the IPhone X, and it is totally useless
  • Only one thing would make it better 4/5

    By blbryan
    Customer service is great. The book and functions that the app allow for studying are great. But I just want the scroll function fixed so that it doesn’t slide to the side when I’m highlighting and then speed scroll down too far. It drives me bonkers. And/or add a tap-page-turn function like kindle.
  • Drawing notes 3/5

    By Ndksksks
    I use this app for college textbooks. I think it would be good if a feature was added to draw/free-write notes on the ebook itself (I.e. using an Apple Pen to write notes on the pages).
  • How to add book? 1/5

    By Fear$ome Phoen!x
    Can’t add any book
  • Highlighting and images 2/5

    By One upset customer
    There should be more options when it comes to highlighting....also you cannot zoom images which is really hard to read.
  • Font sizes are terrible 1/5

    By JeffGSanDiego
    There are 4 options for text size. The second-smallest actually varies the size on the page (verified in photoshop to make sure I wasn’t nuts) and the two large sizes are ridiculously large. So tiny text or massive text - nothing in between. For a book reading app, this is a pretty unforgivable issue and makes the books somewhere between difficult and impossible to read efficiently.
  • Worse than I thought. 1/5

    By Teh Book Lover Left
    Horrible!!!!! This app doesn’t have anything related to Rick Riordan!!!!! I don’t know anything else.
  • Truly the Worst 1/5

    By kiddoc710
    Unfortunately, medical books use this site for their ebook storage. Never works and always have to contact customer support. Recently had an issue redeeming an ebook code and contacted customer support. The customer support staff was not helpful and chastised me for purchasing the book through amazon. I finally contacted customer support for the book publisher who easily fixed my problem. I received GREATER than 16 emails from VitalSource asking for my comments. PLEASE update this app and get it to work each time!
  • How many ways can I express my hatred of this app? 1/5

    By Cardinal 55
    1) horrible pain to use. 2) no ability to print the book that *I OWN*! Even a limited page number is not possible 3) genuinely hate vitalsource as a format. Why buy the ebook if it’s impossible to use in any real manageable way? 4) misleading: often ebooks will advertise as a pdf and vitalsource says it is, but you can’t use any other pdf reader to read it! Seriously, even Adobe isn’t that extreme. Just awful awful software
  • Frequent Crashes 2/5

    By qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm435
    The app itself is great and is one of the top reading apps I’ve used. Despite this, it seems to crash every 5 minutes. Even swiping down to check notifications causes the app to crash and exit your place in the book. This is highly annoying, as I often use dual screen, therefore causing both apps to crash.
  • Horrible.. look elsewhere or read in a webpage 1/5

    By exitloop
    I fail to understand how this app received such high ratings?
  • App randomly closes 3/5

    By *~BigBangLover~*
    This app is great for when I have to read for my assignments. However, there are times when I am reading and the app randomly closes while I am reading. Very unhelpful
  • Coincidence or purposeful? 3/5

    By jermechase
    I’m taking a sociology of psychology class and noticed the audio option won’t read the word gun, but will spell it out. It does however read guns. Either the app writers missed an alternate spelling for gun or the app itself is malfunctioning and I’m the only one to have noticed.
  • Keeps taking away my books 1/5

    By Aces.68
    Randomly deletes books during a semester. Last time I had to get a special code from the publisher to get back a book I was teaching from. I just use the website now which is frustrating.
  • Help 4/5

    By Dijah64
    The app is very useful and easy to use. However, I may have overlooked it, but is there a way to swipe through one chapter instead of scrolling?
  • K 5/5

    By FrostyMan23K
    It’s Gucci
  • Frustration for academic book readers 2/5

    By TLMuse
    Bookshelf implements only a single level of “back to the previous page” memory. Many academic books using Bookshelf implement footnotes as links, but many footnotes themselves link to other footnotes or to references in a bibliography. If you follow one of these links within a footnote, you cannot get back to the text that linked to the footnote. Basic PDF readers keep multiple levels of previous pointers; it is inexcusable that Bookshelf omits this, especially with it being the chosen mobile platform for some academic publishers.

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