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eTextbooks are often priced lower than their physical counterparts saving you up to 80%. They also offer enhanced web functionality such as immediate access, search capabilities, highlighting and note-taking, study options such as flashcards and study guides. Many eTextbooks offer text to speech and other accessibility accommodations, as well as the option to print select pages or offline reading. Purchasing eTextbooks also means fewer heavy textbooks in your backpack.
eTextbooks are only available for a limited subscription period – similar to renting a physical book. Printing capabilities may be limited. Refunds are limited. For some eTextbook providers and specific eTextbooks, accessibility accommodations may be limited.
eTextbooks can be purchased in-store or online at eTextbooks purchased online will be available for reading immediately after checkout. eTextbooks purchased in-store will need to be activated using a code printed on the receipt and will be available immediately after activating.
To activate your eBook or digital access purchased in store:
1.Go to
2.Click “My Account” in the top right-hand corner
3.Log In or Create an Account
4.Click the “Activate and Access eBooks” link
5.Click the link for in-store purchase
6.Select either RedShelf or VitalSource based on your receipt
7.Type in the CODE from your RECEIPT – 16 digits
8.Click on the Image Box
9.You will have immediate access or be given a second code for the publisher’s

** Make sure you activate within 14 days

** If you receive an error message that your code is marked as inactive or invalid, submit a ticket at or and your issue will be solved within a few business hours

To access your eBook or digital access purchased online:
1.Go to
2.Click “My Account” in the top right-hand corner
3.Log In To access your eBook or digital access purchased online
4.Click the “Activate and Access eBooks” link
5.Click on the Image Box
6.You will have immediate access or be given a second code for the publisher’s website.
eTextbooks are eligible for a full refund within one week from the beginning of classes if: no more than 10% of the eTextbook content has been viewed and/or printed; the access code for any online resources, included with the eTextbook, has not been viewed; and if you have not "checked out" any part of your eTextbook to view offline.
Here are our recommended browsers (we recommend Google Chrome for the best experience):
Google Chrome (Win/Mac/Android)
Safari (iPad/iPhone/Mac)
Firefox (Win/Mac)
Edge (Win/Mac)

*We do not recommend using Google Chrome on iPad and iPhone devices*

eTextbooks may be read on the following browsers: Online Viewing: *IE 7.0 or higher (Windows) *Firefox 3.5 or higher (Windows/Mac) *Safari 3.0 or higher (Mac) *Chrome Offline Viewing: *Firefox 3.6 or higher (Windows/Mac)
Yes. eTextbooks are compatible with computers, tablets, or mobile phones.
eTextbooks will work on Kindle Fire, Chromebook, iPads, or Android tablets with OS 3.0 or higher. eTextbooks are not compatible with the original Kindle.
You will need internet access to "check out" or "check-in" chapters of your eTextbook. Once you have checked out your eTextbook chapters, you can read them offline without an internet connection.
There is also an overall limit to the number of pages you can print depending on your specific eTextbook. The eTextbook provider will have more information about the percentage of the book that can be printed or the select pages available for print.
This is specific to the eTextbook provider and specific eTextbook.
Expirations vary, but most eTextbooks subscriptions purchased through the bookstore will last for 180 days (6 months) or for the lifetime of the edition of the textbook. After the subscription period, you will no longer be able to access the content.
Online versions of eTextbooks can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection. Chapters that have been checked out for offline viewing can only be accessed from the computer on which the chapters were downloaded. You can use up to 2 computer and 2 mobile devices for most eTextbooks.
No. eTextbooks are all about upfront savings. Instead of wondering how much your book will be worth at end-of-term buyback, you get your money up front in the form of savings on your initial purchase.
For questions related to your eTextbook usage, please submit a ticket at or and your questions or issues will be resolved within a few business hours
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