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 1.7.0

Bug fixes relating crashes and errors.
Improved the book downloading experience by removing finicky behavior preventing users from properly downloading and deleting books from MyShelf.
Improved loading time when user first logs into their MyShelf.
Updated error message that is shown if login credentials are incorrect.
Fix implemented to remove additional white space on the MyShelf page.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

LucksEnd ,

Good setup with opportunity for growth

I was introduced to RedShelf when I started my adult journey to attaining a bachelors degree. I enjoy the site for the most part, there are a few items that could be improved in my opinion. One, the search engine can be a bit frustrating at times with how it displays search results. I’d like to see a page number and chapter number that is easier to quickly identify. The selection tool for copying and highlighting is a bit touchy when trying to select sections of text and a bit aggressive. Lastly, I’d like to see the bookmarks improved, now I don’t have any good ideas off-hand, I just know I use them and find them to be less useful when coming back to an area.

Developer Response ,

Hello and thank you for your feedback. We are in the process of fixing a few usability issues and will be sharing those updates soon. Have a great rest if the day!

Tanchik1737 ,

Worse than nothing

I had the misfortune of buying my textbooks before realizing that they are only available via this app. The app is barely usable if you read in a linear fashion. The navigation is non-intuitive. Sideway swipes go to the beginning of prior/next chapter, and scrolling up and down is the way to read the book. I keep accidentally side swiping to the next chapter, and then I can’t go back to the exact place I accidentally swiped from. So inconvenient. But even overlooking this design flaw, the app is just glitchy. Sometimes half the page is simply white, sometimes there is no response to swiping at all. I tried to bookmark a page and clicking the bookmark button did nothing at all but a day later suddenly that spot had 20 bookmarks. Sometimes the whole app freezes and I have no choice but to close it and restart from the beginning.
Bottom line, you can limp along with this app for any text you read linearly. If you buy any sort of reference manual where you have to find items or switch sections frequently, the app is simply unusable because of the long load time, freezing and constant glitches.

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.

App Privacy

The developer, RedShelf, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

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

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