Answered By: Chelsea Cunningham
Last Updated: May 21, 2019     Views: 69

VitalSource offers an app called Bookshelf which enables offline access to e-textbooks, so you can read your eText even when you have no WiFi or Internet access.

It is also the only way to access your eTexts after your course has ended, since they will be downloaded and saved onto your personal device.

Please be sure you’ve created a Bookshelf account from the eText in Canvas before you download the app. There are instructions for that at the bottom of this page.

Here's how you download the app to your desktop, laptop or mobile devices:



Follow the prompts to download and install your app, which will vary depending on your device. Once you’ve installed the app, you will need to log in with the account you created in Canvas. 



Once you’ve downloaded the app and logged in, you will see your titles on the Bookshelf app homepage. Click the cover of the eText you would like to read. 



Once you click the cover, the eText will begin to download. You will see that it is downloading in the upper right corner of that cover.

You will know that an eText is downloaded and ready to read when you see the checkmark in the upper right corner of the cover. Click the cover to access the book.


Creating your Bookshelf Account

After clicking on the eText link in Canvas, you will be given the choice to either enter your email and create an account, or continue without entering your email. It is highly recommended that you create an account with Bookshelf so that you will be able to use the mobile and desktop apps and also share your notes and highlights with classmates. Enter your Berkeley College email ( in the field and click “Continue”.

Note: You will be able to view your eText from within Canvas whether or not you enter your email and create an account.


Enter the information requested in the fields below. When creating your account, be sure your password has a minimum of 8 letters, at least one uppercase and one lowercase letter, at least one special character (e.g., ~-!$). Be sure to agree to the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy, and click Finish. 


You will only need to complete the registration process one time, and you won’t need to log into Bookshelf each time you access your eText. 


The attached document has more detailed instructions, including all the eText and Bookshelf app features.

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