3 ways to download VitalSource to PDF EPUB

VitalSource Technologies is an education technology and digital content company. The company works with companies, universities, and publishers and resellers, providing digital course materials to users. Bookshelf by VitalSource is the world’s leading eReader, preferred by thousands of institutions and millions of students in 240+ countries and territories for reading, studying and succeeding.

Is it needed to download VitalSource eTextBooks?

Sure! The eTextbooks downloaded from VitalSource Bookshelf are protected by DRM, you are only allowed to read these books by VitalSource App or on its website. These VitalSource books are only rented and you can not buy them. You must re-rent the book again after it expires. So if you want to get the ownership of your VitalSource books you should use the methods as follows to download YOUR books.

Method 1: Print VitalSource to PDF

VitalSource itself provides the way to print VitalSource eTextBooks to PDF, the method is inconvenient but it works definitely.
Step 1. Go to VitalSource bookshelf website, login in your account.
Step 2. Open a book you want to download, click the “Print” action on the top-right pop menu.

Step 3. Select the page range on the dialog, then click the button “Print”.

Step 4. select “Save as PDF” then click button “Save”, then the PDF file will be saved on your computer.

Although you can download VitalSource eTextBooks to PDF via the printing method, it’s not easy, and what’s more, there are watermarks in the PDF file. So this method has its flaws.

Finally, you could get many pdf files, you can use the z3kit PDFMatrix to merge them into one PDF file.

Method 2: use ebook-converter VitalSource Converter

ebook-converter provides a tool named VitalSource Downloader, it can download VitalSource to PDF.
Step 1. Download and install the tool.
Step 2. Download and install VitalSource Bookshelf App.
Step 3. Login and open a book in the VitalSource App, then open VitalSource Converter, click the button “Convert” to start the conversion, wait for some time until you get the PDF file.

Method 3: use z3kit VitalSource Downloader

z3kit VBK Downloader is a great software to download VitalSource Bookshelf to PDF EPUB, it is very easy to use and the quality of the downloaded book is very nice and there aren’t watermasks in the book, also you can share your books without any restriction.
Step 1. Download and install z3kit VBK Downloader, the software supports both Windows and Mac.
Step 2. Open z3kit VBK Downloader and login in with your VitalSource account. The software will never remember your account information.

Step 3. Open one book after logging in your VitalSource Bookshelf, then the book is downloading, please wait a few minutes with patience.

Step 4. The software will pop up a message dialog to indicate that the book is downloaded successfully. You can view your downloaded books via clicking the output path button.


We provide 3 ways to download VitalSource Bookshelf to PDF/EPUB, these methods all work fine but there are still differences among them. The print method is inconvenient and there are watermarks in the PDF file. ebook-converter VitalSource Converter needs you install VitalSource App first, and the quality of the output PDF file is very low. So we highly recommend you to use z3kit VBK Downloader to download VitalSource Bookshelf, there is high quality and no watermarks, and it saves your time. Why not have a try?

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