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 began in SP2016 with phase one.
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.
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.