VitalSource has the ability for instructors to view Sample/Exam copies of textbooks .
You'll need to be verified as an instructor in order to view eTextbooks, but once you've done so searching and adding Sample copies is easy. If an eTextbook you'd like isn't available as a sample, you can purchase a copy from the VitalSource Store. You will also be able to receive eTextbook recommendations from publishers.
To get started with your Sampling, please follow the steps below.
Step 1 - CREATING YOUR INSTRUCTOR ACCOUNT
Please Note: Use your school/college/university email to set up your account in order to avoid delays in the verification process.
Migrated CourseSmart Account
Once your verified CourseSmart instructor account has been migrated you will not need to be verified again.
If you were in the process of being verified or had not yet been verified as an instructor, you will need to go through the verification process again.
Please note: You will be notified via email once your CourseSmart account has been migrated over to VitalSource.
If you already have an existing bookshelf account or have an CourseSmart account migrated prior to November, here is how you can get started with sampling:
Go to Vitalsource.com and sign in with your username and password
Select "I am an instructor or educator who finds, evaluates, or adopts course materials." You will only need to do this once.
You will then receive a confirmation that you have updated your profile
Once you've updated your profile, you will not need to answer this question again
If you are a new VitalSource user who was NOT migrated from CourseSmart, you will need to make an account before you can start the Sampling process. Please visit the following article for information on making your account at VitalSource.com: Creating an Instructor Account.
Have an Account but forgot your password?
If you try to register an account that already exists in VitalSource, you will receive a notification that your account already exists. If you can't remember your password, please request a forgot password link here: Forgot Password. You can also contact our support team and they will be able to assist you to reset your password.
Step 2 - How to Sample Content
Requesting a Sample Copy
Once you've signed in or created your account, start searching for your book. You can search by title, author, or ISBN. For more information on Searching the store, please go here: Searching the VitalSource Store.
If your account has not been approved yet, books that are available for Sampling will have an orange "Request Copy" button. Click on the "Request Copy" button to start the approval process.
If you have not been verified yet, will receive an email letting you know that your request has been received.
Once your status as an instructor has been approved by the publisher, you will receive another email that approves your request, which may take up to 10 business days.
Once you receive the email, you will be able to view your book in your bookshelf.
After your account has been verified, books will be available for immediate viewing.
Please note: there is no chapter preview available for books that have a pending sample request.
Requesting a book not available for Sampling
If the book you are searching for does not have sampling available, click on the gray "Express Interest" button.
Fill out form to request the publisher considers making this book available for sampling.
Please note, these books are up to the publisher's discretion whether or not they will be made available for sampling. There is no guarantee that requesting the book will make it available for sampling.
Occasionally a publisher will send a recommendation for a book that you may find useful. Publisher recommendation will be located under the publisher recommendations tab in your account. To view recommendations from publisher, please do the following:
While in your account on the VitalSource page, click on the Library button
Click on Publisher Recommendations
To accept a recommendation, click on "Add to Library". To decline a recommendation and remove it from your list, click on "Decline."
Recommending books for your students
You can also recommend books to your students. On the book information page underneath the book cover, there is a link that you copy and paste into your syllabus, lesson plan, or other document of your choice. This section also gives you information on the cost of this textbook for your student.