Activate your VS user account

Activate your Vital Source user account via Blackboard Learn

In order to be able to access the content of the eTextbook, you will first need to activate your Vital Source user account via Blackboard Learn.

To do that follow the steps below:

  • Visit your Blackboard Learn course.
  • Click the eTextbook menu item
  • Click the eTextbook link you see to launch the Bookshelf by VitalSource.

When you open an eTextbook, you will be redirected to the Launch Bookshelf Link page with an acknowledgement message.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: “All students are charged for the ebook via the revised learning resources fee. There are NO refunds.”


After you click Launch, you will be redirected to another page with the prompt to Register or Sign In.

To Register follow the instructions below:

  • Click Create a VitalSource account.
  • In the next page, you have to fill your personal information. Add your email as an email and NOT any other email.
    Fill in your name and select a security question of your choice.
    Be sure to select the last check-box in order to be able to continue to the next step.
    You can also select the box above, but it is optional.
  • Click Create to complete the registration.
  • You are now logged in to your VitalSource Bookshelf user account.
  • You can start browsing. You do not need to Redeem any eTextbook Code. You can browse the store if you wish but you DO NOT buy your eTextbook(s) from here. The eTextbooks are automatically adopted to your Bb courses by the Blackboard Learn administration.