The RedShelf eReader companion app provides online or offline access to read and engage with your textbooks located in your RedShelf account on the My Shelf page. Access your textbooks no matter where you go with a unified experience across mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.

eReader Features:
- Download and access textbooks on your iOS device for seamless online or offline reading
- Easily highlight text, take notes, and share with classmates
- Create flashcards while reading to test your understanding of the content
- Build study guides for review and test prep
- Define unfamiliar words quickly and easily
- Have text read aloud and select the voice and pace
- Sync all of your notes and highlights to your account and across devices

App Requirements:
- Active RedShelf account
- One or more books available in your RedShelf account

What’s New

Version v1.0.3

Addressed issues where some users were not able to see their books on the mobile app that were present on the web

Ratings and Reviews

2.1 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Ryan's #1 FANN ,


I bought ALL my textbooks for nursing school from here and was really excited when I first looked at them. I started with the website on my computer and was quickly disappointed. The highlight tool is awful, most of the time it does not highlight what I want it to highlight and then I have to go find what it did highlight and delete it. And the scrolling it so bad. It’s all glitchy and either doesn’t scroll or scrolls too far, making it very difficult to read without interruption. I decided to download the app to see if that made it better and I downloaded my books and now my app won’t open. I just redownloaded the app so hopefully I can read my books (without downloading them) but I am not hopeful it will be any better than using the website on my computer. Very disappointed in the functionality of this website/app and will definitely be buying physical books from here on out.

A+Matty ,


Sure, I can rent my books at a fairly reasonable price, but I will not be renting any more books through RedShelf again. I rented two books. If I always have an Internet connection, I don’t really have a problem. However, if I lose Internet connection for any reason I am not able to view my books. One of my books I cannot download to my tablet or my iPhone. My other book I’m only allowed to download to one device. However, with the new update my app crashed and I had to reload the app. Then I attempted to re-download the book. My account shows it is still downloaded to my tablet, which it is not because it crashed, so now I can’t download my book to my one tablet.
I ended up finding a digital copy elsewhere or I found an older paper edition on eBay.
Red shelf, you already make me use your app to view these books. Fine, but top restricting how I use the book in your app. Let me download it to as many devices as I feel like, to view it when ever I feel like (internet available or not). When my time is up, then just delete the book from my account. I don’t know why you have to make it so complicated.

icarus0812 ,

Not good on smaller mobile devices

This app is sub par at best. When using a small mobile device like an iPhone, the app maintains the textbook appearance. This causes many problems. I recognize an iPhone is not an ideal platform. However, I have used other readers that are better. The only reason I am using this is because it is for a school textbook. Frequently, the textbook wants to “snap” to a position that is not where the reader needs to be. The navigation buttons are large and obscure the page information. Moreover, the highlight/annotations function is not ideal. The app too quickly “thinks” the user want to highlight. Because of the “snap back” the user often ends up highlighting irrelevant information Lastly, if one wants to use the read aloud function, the read order is often out of sequence. It reads everything, including the page numbers and chapter titles at the bottom of the page, as well as copyright information below the photos. For mobile devices, the developers ought to incorporate a simple text view option that could include photo/graphic thumbnails that the user can tap to expand.


RedShelf, Inc
86.7 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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