Set up VitalSource Bookshelf App on Windows or Mac

Modified on: Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 9:55 AM



  1. In Canvas, go to your course.
  2. Click on a VitalSource textbook link in Modules.
  3. Click on the Load in New Window button. This will open a new tab.
  4. Accept the Terms and Privacy policy.
  5. Click the Settings (gear) Icon at the bottom of the black navigation bar on the left. (See Figure 1.) (If this does not appear, you may need to click the orange Accept & Close button at the very bottom of the window to clear the Cookie Policy warning.Image showing the "Settings" icon and "Read offline with the Bookshelf Desktop App" button.Figure 1.
  6. Click Read offline with the Bookshelf Desktop App
  7. Click the Open VitalSource Bookshelf.app button. (See Figure 2.)Image of "Open VitalSource Bookshelf.app" dialog box.Figure 2. 
  8. The VitalSource Bookshelf App will open on your machine. You may see a brief login prompt, but you should either be passed straight through into the app or be prompted to download the book.
  9. Click on Account > MyAccount. This will open a new browser window.
  10. Click complete your account. (See Figure 3.)Image from VitalSource pages with "complete your account" link.Figure 3. 
  11. Enter the Mizzou email that you use with Canvas.
  12. You will be prompted to enter your name, a password (which should be different from your Mizzou password), and security question. After you finish that, you have full access to the app. You may go back to Canvas, click on your other textbooks, and add them to the reader, (repeating steps 2, 3, 6, and 7 above for each).



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