Downloading your eTextbook

Downloading your eTextbook

VitalSource eTextbooks can be purchased from the VitalSource Store or through one of our partners. If given a Redemption code, you will need to activate it before you can download your book.

  • You can download VitalSource eTextbooks to your computer.
  • The file size of an eTextBook can range from a few MB to 1GB, depending on the book size, book type, and contents of the eTextbook.
  • Once you have successfully downloaded the eTextbook, you do not need to be connected to the internet to view it again.
  • Speeds for downloading a VitalSource eTextbook will vary based on the book size and internet connection.

Please Note: Downloading your book from the server requires an active internet connection. All provided digital material through VitalSource is in a DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected format, which our publishers require. To protect the copyright, we are not allowed to distribute digital textbooks as PDFs or downloadable files. A Bookshelf application is needed to view content.


How to download your eTextbook:

  1. Open Bookshelf.
  2. Once the application is open, you will see your Library View, where you will see your eTextBook(s) cover or covers.
  3. Within the computer applications, any eTextBook that has the "Download Book" option will need downloading to your device for view.
  4. Within the mobile applications, any eTextBook that does not have a green checkmark in the upper-right of the book cover will need downloading to your device for view.
  5. Click "Download Book" to add it to the download queue.
  6. Once the eTextBook is on your device, you will then receive an option to "Open Book."


To cancel downloading an eTextBook:

  1. While a book is downloading, it will show a progress circle with a square in the middle of that circle.
  2. Click the square if you wish to stop the download. You will get a message asking if you would like to "Cancel Download."
  3. If you cancel the download, nothing will be on your device.


To remove a downloaded eTextBook:

  • Select the Book Information icon to the right of the eTextBook cover; within the Book Information, there is an option to remove the book from the device.