Getting Started with the VitalSource Store

Getting Started with the VitalSource Store


The VitalSource store allows users in particular territories to purchase VitalSource eTextbooks and have the books directly added to a VitalSource account. In addition, users outside these territories can purchase VitalSource eTextbooks from participating authorized resellers in their country.

VitalSource's current eCommerce Stores are as follows:

US (Including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)


New Users

Change your region by clicking the flag icon on the top menu and selecting the country where you reside:



Next, click Sign In, then on the box that pops up, click Create a VitalSource Account.




You will be required to provide your educational goal (Student, Instructor, or other), first/last name,  email, and a secure password.


After you create your account, start searching for your eBooks.


Using the VitalSource Store Search bar


At the storefront, you can search by ISBN, Title, and Author.  Once you start your search, you can Browse Subjects.


Please Note: Occasionally, you might search a Print ISBN and the search results will show multiple results in different formats: Reflowable or Fixed. The Reflowable format is recommended if you plan to read the eBook on a mobile device. The Fixed format will more closely mimic the printed book but will not be responsive on a mobile device.




Select your preferred access and complete checkout

Some eBooks have options for length of access. If the eBook you chose has different access durations, they will appear on the details page. Click the button beside the duration you need, then click Add to Cart.



PLEASE NOTE: "Lifetime Access" means your access to the downloadable version of your eBook for computer and mobile device will not expire. Effective June 15th, 2021, titles with perpetual licenses will have a duration of five years for online access (up from one year of access). This duration is also retroactive for store users who have purchased titles with perpetual licenses since 2016.


Click View Cart and Checkout to checkout, or click or tap the "x" to close the window to add more eBooks to your cart. 




Once in the View Cart and Checkout Section



Please Note: PayPal is not available in all the VitalSource eCommerce Stores.

Fill out all required blanks on the checkout screen, including payment information and your billing address. No shipping address is required as this is a digital purchase. At this time, the VitalSource Bookstore only accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal, ApplePay, or prepaid credit cards with a valid address in participating territories.

Please Note: Customers in Argentina must enter their 3 letter block code after the 4 digit zip code in order for the purchase to complete.


Once your purchase is complete!

Click Read in Bookshelf to start reading your eBook with Bookshelf Online. If you've purchased something other than a VitalSource eBook, follow the instructions for accessing your digital content. For information on accessing your eBook using one of our apps, please visit our Support Page.


Tip: You can purchase VitalSource eBooks directly through the web browser on your mobile device. To access purchased eBooks, download the VitalSource Bookshelf application and sign in to your VitalSource account.

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