How do I access the offline or downloadable version of my book?


Can I download my book for offline use?

Absolutely,  VitalSource has native applications for all of the major platforms. All VitalSource digital material is in a DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected format, meeting our partnering publishers' requirements. The DRM is to protect the copyright, and we are not allowed to distribute digital textbooks as files to be used outside our Bookshelf application. Our Terms of Use outlines this requirement by our partnering publishers. The native app versions of Bookshelf allow you to download a single eBook or your entire library to the Bookshelf Library.  You can read your ebooks anywhere, with or without internet access.   


To install Bookshelf:

  • Go to, download, and install Bookshelf for your computer or mobile device. 
  • Sign in with your VitalSource email address and password.
  • Once signed in, download any of your eBooks to your device for offline use.

What devices do you support?

VitalSource Bookshelf is available on the following platforms:

How many devices can I use? 

You can have up to two (2) mobile devices (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Chromebook) and two (2) desktops (Mac and Windows) active at any given time.  You can manage your activations within the Bookshelf app or by visiting the VitalSource Account Center.

What if I am missing titles from my account?

If you are missing titles, Update your Library in Bookshelf. If you are still missing content after updating your library or are having any issues downloading your eBooks, please contact VitalSource Support for additional assistance. 

Is printing allowed?

Yes, Bookshelf for Mac and Windows offers a printing function where users can select a page range to print. The number of pages you can print will vary from book to book.  

You can also print in a browser by using Bookshelf Online.  

What if I need additional help?

If you need help getting started with VitalSource, our support team is ready to assist you. Email us at You can also reach us at +1 (855) 200-4146; phone and email support are available 24/7.