VitalSource ebook

I purchased a book which requires VitalSouce bookself to run in order for me to view the book, but I don't want to use this software and I wanted to copy it to a PDF, but don't know how and what's going to be the easiest way to do this.

Can someone help me on this?
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VitalSource files have DRM (digital rights management) on them - which means they are proprietary files and not designed to be saved in any other format. But, people have found a way around this by using free "print to PDF" software. The file you are converting would have to be opened in VitalSource software to view the file before printing it.

One of the free PDF making programs is CutePDF ( Another is DoPDF (

I have read that if the VitalSource program restricts the printing to a certain number of pages, the CutePDF program can be used to append the smaller files back together. (Of course if you have the full Adobe Acrobat software, all of this can be done with that).


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Sisi LiuOnline marketing editor, Software promoterCommented:
Epubor VitalSource Downloader is a tool to download VitalSource eTextbooks without Bookshelf app installed. It removes the DRM restriction from your purchased VitalSource books and helps you get DRM free PDF eTextbooks. No matter what format the book delivered in VitalSource, you’ll get a DRM-free book in PDF format after downloading it via Epubor VitalSource Downloader. This is for the sake of easy reading and printing the eTextbooks. Then you can read the PDF file with any compatible PDF reader, share the book with your friends, and print the entire PDF file at a time from the print menu. By contrast, VitalSource Bookshelf only lets you print limited pages (mostly 1-10 pages) at a time.

Here are the steps of converting VitalSource vbk to PDF:
Step 1. Download and install Epubor VitalSource Downloader on your computer

Download Epubor VitalSource Downloader (WIN)
Download Epubor VitalSource Downloader (MAC)
Step 2. Launch the program, sign in with your VitalSource BookShelf account, and you can see your purchased books are displayed in the library. (Create a VitalSource Account if you don’t have one.)

interface of Epubor VitalSource Downloader
Step 3. Click on the cover of the book you’d like to download, and it starts to download the book automatically and displays the download progress of the book. After downloading the book, it will be saved in PDF file on your computer. The VitalSource DRM removal and vbk to pdf conversion are processed by the tool simultaneously.

A small window indicating “download file succeeded” will pop up when the books are downloaded successfully by Epubor VitalSource Downloader. Click OK on the window, it will redirect you to the location where stores the downloaded DRM-free PDF files.

downloads- location-vitalsource
The method above is the easiest and direct way to convert the proprietary VBK format to a PDF.
For an informative and concise introduction, please check out this article: Convert eBooks from VitalSource Bookshelf to PDF and Remove VBK DRM
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