What is it?
Pearson VitalSource Editions are ebooks that are downloaded to
your computer using the Bookshelf software. All your VitalSource
ebooks can be accessed from Bookshelf.
How do I get Bookshelf?
The Bookshelf software can be downloaded for free from http://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/
Can I make highlights?
Yes. You can highlight sections (there are four
categories/coloured highlighters) and make notes within the
Can I share my highlights?
Yes. You are able to subscribe to friends highlights. Your
friends need to activate this in their VitalSource Bookshelf
software for it to work.
Is it downloadable?
Yes. The VitalSource Bookshelf software must first be downloaded
and then the purchased access code is redeemed through Bookshelf to
download the ebook onto your computer.
Where can I purchase it?
VitalSource text access codes can be purchased from this
You need to download the free VitalSource Bookshelf software
FIRST and then redeem the access code you purchased within the
How long can it be accessed?
As this ebook is downloadable it is available for as long as the
you have the VitalSource Bookshelf software on your computer.
What degree of interaction is in it?
You can search, highlight and take notes in your VitalSource
Is it compatible with all types of
Yes. VitalSource Bookshelf software is compatible for PCs and
Can it be shared?
No. A VitalSource ebook can be downloaded multiple times if a
computer is lost/data wiped etc. This is designed to assist where
the file is lost, accidentally deleted, or corrupted.
Can I print it out?
You can only print 5 pages of your Pearson VitalSource Edition
at a time. If you need access to the printed version of the text
you can buy the text on this website.
I have more detailed technical questions!
Detailed FAQs can be found at:
VitalSource support can also be contacted at:
What is the difference between VitalSource ebook and a
VitalSource ebooks are a digital version of the text only. It is
downloadable to your computer and accessible offline.
A Pearson eText is a digital version of the text
that may be available as a stand-alone eText or integrated within a
MyLab or Mastering product along with quizzes,
videos, homework activities, practice questions
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