Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Average User Rating:
1.2
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.5
File Size:
24.41MB
Date Added:
June 02, 2014
Price:
Free; iTunes account required.
Operating Systems:
iOS
Total Downloads:
320
Downloads Last Week:
4
Additional Requirements:
Compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4. iTunes account required.

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  • All Versions:

    1.2

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "Unbelievably frustrating!"

    June 04, 2014   |   By hatrick403

    Version: Bookshelf 2.5

    Pros

    The only pro is the ability to sync notes and highlights across a variety of devices. Of course, this is standard today.

    Cons

    Too many to count. In a nutshell, the navigation is extremely frustrating. I am using VitalSource because I am forced to do so by my University. To flip back and forth between an illustration and analysis a few pages later is a major ordeal. There is no bookmarking feature, so you have to use highlights to navigate to specific places.
    The highlighter itself is a major mess, and takes time to learn. Then today, I opened my text to chapter three where I've been reading on my iPad, and all my highlights are gone - yep, gone!
    Their support tells me I need to use the online, browser version to ensure that my highlights are stored on their server until they fix a bug - with no estimated time of repair.

    Summary

    I think this platform was originally intended for short-novels. If you are thinking of vitalsource for textbooks, don't do it!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Vitalsource 6.3.2 - Inefficient, useless book reader"

    April 15, 2014   |   By scorilos

    Version: Bookshelf 2.4.1

    Pros

    None that will overcome the cons

    Cons

    Plenty, read below.

    Summary

    This is just another useless book reader. Is it because of the book reader itself or the inherent publication format I can't say, however, a reasonable book reader should act like a publisher of sorts, i.e. imposing some standards as of what the layout and overall presentation of the book is.
    I've purchased a book just because I wanted it in electronic format and its seller forced me to read it via this awkward book reader.
    The reader does not offer any portability (can't upload your other books into it or download the vitalsource book into other book readers).
    You can browse the book via the table of contents, i.e. via chapters, however, you will never know what page you are at. If there are page references embedded within any of the chapters you will never be able to figure out what page you are at.
    You are not allowed to print but a page at a time.

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  • 1 stars

    "Dreadful avoid at all costs"

    July 22, 2013   |   By Davros20

    Version: VitalSource Bookshelf 2.3

    Pros

    Not many does the job - just

    Cons

    clunky, functionality does not work, not user friendly AVOID

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  • 2 stars

    "Good idea in theory but poorly done"

    September 19, 2012   |   By lisf55

    Version: VitalSource Bookshelf 2.0

    Pros

    Provide many forms of access, an affordable alternative to expensive textbooks.

    Cons

    Many, Many problems. The files take a long time to download, and then after they have been downloaded they mysteriously disappear and you have to redownload them losing any saved highlights. Personally, this happened to me the week of an exam making it so I had to re-read every single chapter! The books are still expensive and you only have them for a limited amount of time. In addition, the mobile version doesn't allow you to highlight anything but it is good for quick reviews I guess. If you are printing, one page prints as 1 and a half pages, making it quite difficult to simply print and read the chapters. The views are either too big or too small. There isn't a zoom button, so you can only adjust the size of the font by adjusting the screen.

    Summary

    I purchased this because I had to, and have been nothing but let down. I have used electronic books before. Vital source was the only one that had my current textbooks which is why I used it. I would never recommend this product to anyone until they severely modify it. You need a reliable source to study from and vital source was not reliable whatsoever.

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