Use Bookshelf to download and access VitalSource textbooks on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Read your books online or offline and create notes and highlights to help you study.

Bookshelf Features:
• Download books to your iOS device for easy online or offline reading.
• Simple, user-friendly navigation and a clean reading experience.
• Search inside your book for a term or phrase.
• Select text to create notes or highlights from your mobile device.
• Create flashcards to quiz yourself on key concepts.
• Tap to open figures, view captions, and pinch-to-zoom.
• Use text-to-speech to listen to your textbooks read aloud.
• Sync your bookmarks, current reading position, and all of your notes and highlights between your iOS device, desktop, and online Bookshelf apps.

• VitalSource Bookshelf account
• Access to one or more VitalSource textbooks.
• iOS 11+

What’s New

Version 9.0.1

Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

cecomation ,

Generally good

Still not smooth enough. Cannot remember my Text size.

cakesnlattes ,

Can’t freehand highlight or annotate

Absolutely ridiculous to be paying just as much as the paper copy but being limited to using only Bookshelf in order to access your purchase. Hate the bookshelf app. Can’t freehand highlight or annotate... it’s just so limited compared to other PDF readers/editors... even Apple Books. Never buying Ebooks from Vitalsource again. Such a waste of money. Paying just as much as a hard copy for limited access.

PoppaLocka ,

App update is necessary!!

Still needs to be updated for iOS 13.1.2 to get all the perks of the new features the iPhone has to offer. This will enhance the overall usage of using the app whilst on mobile. One particular area would be the new voices available for “Read Aloud”. Auditory learning students would definitely benefit from this, learning in an efficient, practical manner.

Make it happen.


Vital Source Technologies, Inc.
130 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Welsh

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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