Bookshelf for Pc

  • Category: Education
  • Last Updated: 2018-08-30
  • Current version: 4.4
  • File size: 158.05 MB
  • Developer: VitalSource Technologies, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Bookshelf on your Windows PC

Download Bookshelf for Windows: Bookshelf is an Education App, developed by VitalSource Technologies, Inc.. The Education App was officially released 2010-09-15. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - VitalSource Technologies, Inc., with the latest current version being 4.4 which was officially released on 2018-08-30. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 10,422 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4 out of a possible 5.

Using Bookshelf on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Bookshelf on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Bookshelf for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Bookshelf in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Bookshelf application icon. A window of Bookshelf will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Bookshelf icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Bookshelf

Developer Description

Use Bookshelf to download and access VitalSource textbooks on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Read your books online or offline and create notes and highlights to help you study. Bookshelf Features: • Download books to your iOS device for easy online or offline reading. • Simple, user-friendly navigation and a clean reading experience. • Search inside your book for a term or phrase. • Select text to create notes or highlights from your mobile device. • Review flashcards to quiz yourself on key concepts. • Tap to open figures, view captions, and pinch to zoom. • Use text-to-speech to listen to your textbooks read aloud. • Sync your bookmarks, current reading position, and all of your notes and highlights between your iOS device, desktop, and online Bookshelf apps. Requirements: • VitalSource Bookshelf account • Access to one or more VitalSource textbooks. • iOS 10+

App Reviews

  • Primitive

    By Bj555
    The use of highlighting and note taking is very primitive, as if they don’t want you to be able to do it; like the idea was an afterthought and was thrown in at the last minute. It’s not intuitive, is buggy, and after about 2 hours of trying to highlight and add notes, you are exhausted. I have an apple pen, and this app makes no use of that technology, but really, your finger isn’t much better either. I feel like they used basic technology from 15 years ago and your using a mouse instead of a precise touch screen (iPad Pro). I’m forced to use it because that is the only place I can get my textbook. I’m on page 200, and I’m ready to give up and pack around the 3” thick book with me. Developers: if you want to know how it should be to take notes, highlight, and mark up, take a look at GoodNotes4. They have it figured out. Hopefully you can figure this out, otherwise, I’ll got back to carrying giant textbooks around again. At least I can resell them...
  • Crashes too much

    By Medic68
    I’m in nursing school for my BSN and I have to do a lot of reading. Majority of my books are on Elsevier or PrepU which they use bookshelf for the ebook. I listen to the audio since majority is difficult for me. The lady is monotone and can easily put you to sleep. On my Mac it’s a guy voice which is also monotone. The problem with the iPhone app are the fact that listening to the audio, when I highlight, it freezes and takes a long time to refresh. Highlights on the app is one color which makes it difficult to separate topics. Other times the app doesn’t even load my book and crashes. The main issue is the crashing because it interferes greatly with my reading or listening.

    By E.j.Teegarden
    Meaning: doesn’t function STILL!!! After refusing to access MY TEXTBOOK, that I paid additional money for - JUST for the digital version, because of ALLLLL the various issues with this app (both online and downloadable), I came back AFTER A YEAR-new classes-new semesters-JUST TO EXPERIENCE THE EXACT SAME ISSUES. *** “VITALSOURCE” - ARE YOU GUYS KIDDING ME!?!*** -STILL Sluggish. -STILL won’t highlight properly. -STILL exports micro small degraded export... I normally just bite my tongue if I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY, but AFTER A WHOLE YEAR- REALLY!?! We (Students) pay hundreds of dollars for these digital versions-(because we have no other choice) - and then find out that THEY STILL DON’T (AFTER A YEAR) FUNCTION!!! I couldn’t believe it, I tried giving you the benefit of doubt. So, after working all night at the hospital I waited until I got home to see maybe if it was the hospitals internet-as if. But NO, ITS JUST THE SAME EXACT ISSUES THAT WERE THERE A YEAR AGO. I feel ripped off, but I see that I’m not the only one now as many others here have expressed THE EXACT SAME ISSUES. That, and having more than adequate time to address these issues, is why I feel compelled to not bite my tongue and let others know... -I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS APPLICATION.
  • Great app!Some important functions needed

    By Dr. FL
    Overall, I love this app! It’s very convenient, you can read book everywhere EVEN without internet. It will be even better for both educators and students if 1) it allows users to create customized folders to better organize the books 2) make it more compatible with notes taking and highlighting. For example, it will be fantastic if users can mark and make notes on the book using Apple Pencil or other tools. I am a colleague educator and will use it more if these functions are available! Thank you very much for developing this wonderful educational app! :)
  • Good app just need some tweaking

    By Glad-10!
    I am using this app for going back to school and listening to my books. It works really well I am very happy with it, but after this last update it does not save in your settings. For example, I turned up the speed of the reader but whenever I stop using the app and then go back into it it reset. The only other thing is while driving to work my screen is off and then when I get to work I turn the screen back on so that I can book market any can’t find what page it was reading on. Other than those two things it’s an awesome app!
  • Great, only one pet peeve

    By Redchicka89
    The app is great for reading off-line and it syncs accurately across devices. My only pet peeve is that it has no option to select a word and get a direct reference to the apple “look up” option for obscure words. Also, whenever I copy and paste a word into google to look up the meaning, I get a long reference with the word on the search box. If they are that concerned about plagiarism they need to make it more convenient to look up terms that are not in the glossary.
  • App is poorly done.

    By Bubba 1992
    Great, I can download my textbooks. Sadly, I cannot read them. The full page of the texts don’t display. And if you are visually impaired, forget zooming in and wanting to read. Moving the page around doesn’t work. Rather, you just miss out on everything outside of the zoom. And then you miss out on even more because putting the text size back to ant-sized (like I said before) won’t even show you all the text that way! Seriously...who designed this?! Wish I could upload a pic of how far out I have to de-zoom to see the ENTIRE page
  • Wish it made better use of the Apple Pencil

    By Carl Spanoghe
    One can highlight with finger or pencil in this app but it is very clunky. You have to first long press a word, then take the pencil off a drag where you want the end of the highlight to be. Then lift the pencil and click on highlight as the desired action. I am sure apple has published some best practices on UX with the pencil, and I hope this app uses them soon as I have to use it for my textbooks at my college. I will update my review if something changes before i graduate.
  • Satisfied Student

    By AndrewSchiavello
    Thank you for the continuity in updated material. The app is improving in the right direction. I do have an issue in the search function for drug or lab diagnostics book. The inputted keyword does not navigate to the desired term directly. Investigation is this matter would speak highly to the improvements for such a fine accessible app.
  • Good Not Great

    By Stephen Baker
    Once I downloaded the app, I assumed I would be able to annotate notes and highlight items in my books with my Apple Pencil. I was wrong. I also assumed I would be able to pick different highlighted colors even after an item is highlighted. Once again, I was wrong. Hopefully soon the development of this app will only get better and show real improvements such as adding the above suggestions. I can only hope.