UPDATED REVIEW 5/5
UPDATE: The developers reached out to me. They made the swipe feature to go between chapters a little more sticky so normal scrolling through the current chapter doesn’t bounce between chapters. It made a HUGE difference. I read 2 chapter (around 60 pages) and it didn’t happen one time. Kudos to their team for being so responsive. Thank you! 🥳🥳🥳
I love having this access to my textbooks, but the app is infuriating. There aren’t pages to turn like in a Kindle. The chapter eternally scrolls on. If you swipe left or right, it takes you between chapters. Slow scrolling while you’re reading has to be perfectly straight or BOOM you’re in the next chapter. I lose SO MUCH TIME finding where I was because the screen doesn’t lock onto what you’re reading. After a while, I inevitably swipe not perfectly straight and IT HAPPENS AGAIN! Put arrows to go between chapters and lock the scrolling feature.
This app is on high dose benzodiazepines !! 1/5
Trying to read the book on this app is so painful. It it's exceedingly slow to respond and frequently freezes, takes 3-4 times longer to get through a page than it should. It's like the app itself is on high dose of benzodiazepines.
The highlighter function performs poorly as well.
Unfortunately it has been a persistent problem for months now and the developer has been equally slow (to the app) to address.
I will be advising the publisher to consider using a different app in the future, and I will avoid buying any books that use it.
Horrible interface; needs Apple Pencil support 1/5
The interface on this app is horrible. The highlighting feature is buggy at best and the notes function is outdated. Every other app allows you to take actual notes with Apple Pencil instead of typing them out, but of course my textbook publisher forces me to use the one app that doesn’t. Honestly, paying the extra $100 for the physical book would have been preferable to using this app...
This app is awful! I stay signed in but consistently have to go get the book again and again. Even though I am paying for it throughout my course, it disappears.😡
Keeps crashing 1/5
This app just keeps crashing on me.
Not working very well 1/5
Some of the books of core are not working properly.
Almost perfect with 1 frustrating feature 5/5
Great app with easy highlighting and scroll. The one feature I can’t stand is the “swipe to the next chapter”. Love having my textbook on my iPad so I can leave the physical book at home.
I had to purchase a textbook for school, and it made me download it to this app. The process of doing that was clunky- I had to create and sign into a couple of accounts, and it took way longer than it should have. The interface problems only got worse as I used the app. Everytime I click something it does something other than what I want it to do and it messes everything up. Idk how to explain it better-the interface is just horrible. Additionally, the chapter labels are unhelpful and misleading, and this just caused me to do the wrong chapter of homework. I can’t wait to finish this semester so I can delete this god forsaken app 🥳🥳
Ruined by updates. 2/5
By Jair E.
I used to like this app. Then they updated it and made it a pain-in-the-butt to use. It works, but it isn't fun.
Glitches Galore 1/5
Upon opening the app, the text of the username and password box match the background or is invisible as I cannot see what I’m typing. The textbook refused to download so I can’t get access to it.
Why does this app have a high rating? 1/5
I’m being forced to pay thousands of dollars for digital textbooks that can only be viewed in this app and on the Vital Source website. Both are absolutely dreadful interfaces. They lack even basic Apple Pencil support, which makes annotating cumbersome and not even worth the time. I’m in med school, I simply don’t have time to waste half of my study time to try and use their laggy highlighting tool. I want to be able to write on the pages of the book like literally every other basic reading app allows.
As if that’s not bad enough, I can’t even zoom in on my textbook. How on earth do you expect me to be able to see extremely complex, tiny, and detailed biochem and anatomy images? Do I also need to purchase a magnifying glass?
I can’t believe my school is forcing us to read our books on this ridiculously outdated platform.
Decent app 4/5
App is decent. Super slow and glitchy on my phone (especially when highlighting) but works well on my iPad. I tend to have some slow/delayed highlighting on my iPad but not nearly as bad as on my phone. The app freezes on my phone almost every other time I highlight something and I have to restart the app. Also not a big fan of the highlighting methods - pressing/selecting takes a bit longer and fast highlight won’t work with my Apple Pencil and requires that I use my finger which makes it harder to see what I’m highlighting.
App crashes - can’t access purchased content 1/5
The app worked well at first and then started crashing. I would open the app and see the textbook but it wouldn’t open for me. Then the app would close itself. As a student, my study time is very limited and extremely precious. I can’t afford to lose study time because the app won’t show me the textbook. I also don’t have extra funds that would allow me to pay for the same book again just to get a hard copy. This app needs improvement! Don’t rely on it as the sole source for your textbooks. Use it only as a backup when you are studying on-the-go and cannot bring your books with you (that’s if you can afford to have both versions of your textbooks).
Cannot access books 1/5
The app launched and showed my books, ONCE. Then it froze up, I had to force quit it, and now when I reopen the app, the textbook will not open anymore. It simply shows a white, nonresponsive screen instead. If you can buy your textbooks brought any other service, I recommend it.
My Pros and Cons 2/5
From a general perspective the app does it really good, helps you access your purchases from your iphone, iPad or computer, even so, I found it a little bit childish with big icons and a lot of colors I understand that’s a personal opinion and not really something subjective but, the reason why I give 2 stars to the app is, wen it comes to jump pages or basically the facility of underlying with the Apple Pencil on the iPad, the app just doesn’t do it. Now paper books are disappearing and companies are looking for the best way to pursue the digital market, if they did a change in design to make it more attractive and involve the Apple Pencil I think they will become my favorite book app.
Helping Me Thrive in My Classrom 5/5
This DSM-5 Manual is really helping me thrive in my PhD program. I recommend it to any college student for the easy excess in finding the literature you need to incorporate into your writings:
AP Ways of the World History Textbook Review 5/5
This textbook not only has extremely interesting material, but it makes finding all of the key terms and facts extremely easy which saves so much time and effort. The AP Exam Tips on the side of every page are also extremely useful to study with and to help me prepare for the AP Exam. I also love the way the pages are organized and how the paragraphs are properly separated with not too much writing in between. The images and captions also better my understanding of the specific topic I am concentrating on, and I personally learn well from visual aids as well. This book also loads extremely quickly and I can easily access it on the go, when I am not home for instance. The information in this book additionally makes it fun to read and the text isn’t overly analyzed or boring either. I looking forward to using this book to assist in my academic studies as well as my AP exam.
Improvements needed 2/5
The highlight feature glitches a lot and does not work with the Apple Pencil
I like that there’s an app...but 3/5
I like the app but there are a few frustrating things. I wish the app would stay signed in. I have to put in my password every time I open the app. This is frustrating. I have the password saved in my phone passwords but it does not automatically populate. This is because the app is called “Bookshelf” and the website is VitalSource Bookshelf. I have to manually select the password each time. Also, it would be nice if the highlights would sync across the app and to the website. Maybe this is impossible?
Can’t Zoom 1/5
Can’t zoom into page. Limited font sizes. Illustrations and figure models are unable to be zoomed into. I’m unable to use the book fully due to these limitations.
Wish paper textbooks were cheaper 2/5
By Gardening Fiend
Highlighting, copying, pasting are not easy. Often do not work at all. Flash cards...why bother? Product is not user friendly, not intuitive. It should use Microsoft commands. Give me the old fashioned textbook any day.
So. Slow. 1/5
Just don’t, especially if you need reliability.
The new update makes pages not load and I don’t like the tap the side of the screen to change pgs 2/5
The new update makes pages not load and I don’t like the tap the side of the screen to change pgs.
This app is not good for taking notes and highlighting. There are many bug and issues within that does not make it a helpful tool for school.
By Eittocs Rehpotsirhc
Would be a great app but unfortunately it only works for a little bit. after you close it and attempt to re open it the app freezes on the book and is completely useless.
Deactivated from devices 5/5
By Art of more hair
I was loving this app until it just forced me to deactivate textbook access from all my devices. I’ve contacted customer support and to no prevail, I haven’t had this issue resolved. Hopefully, I can get this issue rectified soon bc it was so convenient to access my textbooks from iphone.
Update: I called technical support and they were able to resolve my issue. I’m back in business. Love it!
I lost one of my books 1/5
By Nooo like
I have no idea why companies work with this app. As much as I hate Amazon, I know why they’re successful because they don’t delete books you buy from their Kindle. Plus it’s the weekend so forget getting customer service to help. It’s 2020 and using AOL era tech. Lame
Amazing App! 4/5
By Adam Reisenauer
This app is very useful, however, sometime my teacher has the regular book and says look in the top right corner, and I have no idea where that is. Also you can’t copy out of the book, which is good or bad determining how you use it. It works amazing though!
Had to download the app and it is awful. Full of bugs, most annoying one is that the zoom function in continuous scroll doesn’t work properly. Either it shows the book minuscule, or is so zoomed in you can’t read more than a couple of words at the same time without having to scroll to the right again. I spent more than €50 on this book for my studies, and am considering buying it at another provider again now as the app is so awful. Would not recommend for anyone that prefers continuous scrolling.
Thumbs Down 1/5
I went to search for my books. Didn’t show up. Ok.... fine I’ll search for simple books. I typed in the word “math” nothing came up. No keywords work. Total disappointment.....
Don’t size issue 2/5
By Ashley K 1
Since the update I don’t seem to have all the options I previously did- such as adjusting the font size and making the books have more of a reader view.
Because of that the fonts are extremely small.
I need to print 2/5
I understand that this flys in the face of e-books, but many of my kids homeschool reading comprehension guides are in e-book format that can only be accessed with this company. I apparently can print online, but not from the app. This means I am desperately trying to figure out a quick way to print out a worksheet for the kids and instead of it being a 10 second task it is a 5 minute one. Plus I can’t see all my books online, only in the app. I don’t understand where they are.
Can’t sign in. 1/5
Doesn’t allow me to sign in on app even though log in information is correct. I don’t use a link so that’s not the reason why.
App doesn’t work at all???? 1/5
I got this app a few days ago for my biology class in college but I can’t access it all???? It says to click on the left and right sides of my phone screen to go to the next page but the app just isn’t responding and I’m stuck on the cover screen??? Horrible design and now I don’t know how I’m going to manage with my class.
So close to perfection... 4/5
...and yet so far. I love the accessibility of the ebooks on my iPad. I love the features it has but it has one flaw: the highlight. I can’t use my Apple Pencil to highlight and I have to use my finger. I already turned on the fast highlight option but it doesn’t work for me. I drag my finger across the text I want highlighted whether fast or slow and it still doesn’t highlight all the text I wanted. If they can fix this slight inconvenience, it would be a 5 star review.
Search function does not work 1/5
I bought this app recently to download textbooks so I could take notes on my iPad. After downloading the app I went to go search for my textbooks and the search function does not work at all. I can type in keywords I can type in the full name of the textbook, the author, or even the books IBS Number and nothing shows up at all. If I could give the mobile app no stars I would.
Wow 🤩 5/5
This is wonderful for me as a middle schooler thank you to whoever made this! Love this so much helps so much! Ok bye bye!
No good 1/5
I paid $50 for a pdf just to find out that I can’t actually download it to my devices - I have to use their ridiculous app to read them. College textbooks are already way overpriced and since it said I could download it to my device I thought I was in the clear - the app isn’t even good for reading the textbooks. I’m going to see if returning the pdf is possible.
A bit frustrating 3/5
Not very user-friendly nor intuitive. Took me awhile to figure out how to retrieve my book. I can’t change the orientation or can’t find the function that will allow me. Ugh. Maybe I’ll get the hang out of it at some point.
I can’t make the font bigger and now I can’t read as I need...
Not bad 3/5
It’s good, remind me a lot of the iBook app but it isn’t compatible with the Apple Pencil.
Skip pages 1/5
Horrible: while scrolling down to keep reading, it interprets the gesture as horizontal swipe and skip to the next chapter. Finding the point where you left is also very annoying as the number of the pages are hard to select. Impossible to use it.
It is awesome I use it to read. 5/5
By 1234 jdjd
It was awesome
Love it!!! 5/5
Bookshelf by VitalSource is by far the best ebook reader out there. I love it because I have full functionality online or offline. Great work, and thanks for having low-cost textbooks for college students!!
Great...until it wasn’t. 1/5
I thought that this app looked pretty promising, especially as you could access books offline and make notes/highlights. I spent an entire afternoon reading outside and taking copious notes. The next day, to my great dismay, I realized that NONE of it had been saved. I called the support line, which was not helpful at all. I was told that someone would call me back and that never happened. So, I’ll continue to use this app so I can finish the book I borrowed and can only read in this app,
yet I will not be using it after that.
Great program 5/5
I used this program when I was with SNHU. It was great, now I am transferring and wished my new school offered it for my textbooks. I will be using it anyway. Great savings over the college book store and I can take my books anywhere. Thanks
Update Makes app worse. 1/5
The update makes navigation more difficult, something I didn’t realize was possible considering the previous ones that were put into place. The content no longer fits to screen when rotated, and there is no option to change the text size. If you so much as touch the screen the pages turn, an inconvenience when you are trying to look at content the textbook refers to. Please make improvements that actually make sense to the people who have to use this application on a regular basis.
Urgently need more developing 5/5
Need features like Apple iBook & Amazon kindel
Please support app to become top in E-books