Assignment Manager Bookshelf Vitalsource

Assigned Readings in Bookshelf Online

At VitalSource we are always striving to improve student success. Interacting with content on Bookshelf allows for a more enriching and immersive study session, and as a result of direct client feedback, we are happy to add additional study tools by rolling out Assigned Readings to Bookshelf Online.

What are Assigned Readings?

Assigned readings are designed for instructors to create and customize discrete chunks of content for a reading goal, to add focus and gamification to the reading experience. This study tool allows students to complete their assignments in a view designed to reduce distractions and optimize the time spent learning.

When is this feature available?

Assigned readings are available on Bookshelf Online ( on March 1st, they will be implemented on branded sites upon request.

How do I use this feature?

See Assigned Readings – Instructor User Guide (PDF)
See Assigned Readings – Student User Guide (PDF)

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VitalSource Bookshelf is an eTextbook platform that allows you to access course materials whenever and wherever you choose – online, laptop, desktop or mobile device. You can download eTextbooks directly or access them via your browser. The VitalSource platform is part of the UMBC Bookstore Course Materials Initiative, which begins in SP2016 with phase one.

Getting Started

VitalSource e-textbooks can be accessed through Blackboard courses, the My Blackboard dashboard, or an individual device if the eTextbook has been downloaded by the user.

Vital Source Bookshelf & Accessibility

Vital Source provides several Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) documents for the Bookshelf application:

Both the Mac and Windows app as well as the iOS app can use text to speech to use VoiceOver to read an eTextbook to you. Please be aware that not all books may be able to be used with the VoiceOver feature due to the way some books are built by the publisher.

Review additional information on accessibility from Vital Source.

System Requirements

System requirements will vary depending on the version of Bookshelf you download to your device or machine. Please review the requirements before downloading and installing.

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