Ebooks on Bookshelf

The University of Ottawa Press (PUO-UOP) has partnered with industry leader VitalSource to transform your reading and learning experience!

Starting January 2024, read or listen to ebooks in Bookshelf, VitalSource’s powerful, secure, accessible, and sustainable environment.

  • Anytime, anywhere access: Get instant access to your ebooks and a full suite of tools on any device—both online and offline. Download your titles and read or study on the go with 100% offline access. 
    • When you purchase your digital book from the product page at www.Press.uOttawa.ca, you get instant access to your book, and can sync your progress and notes across your devices.
    • Your digital book can be consulted online, from any device, for one year. It is also accessible in perpetuity after download, on two devices simultaneously. You can update your list of devices to access your books as you wish, on your account page.
    • Your book is protected by a DRM (copyright protection system).
  • Read aloud: Listen and follow along as BookShelf reads to you. The text-to-speech tool works with any title, and in any language.
  • Accessibility for all: Take advantage of award-winning support for assistive technologies, ensuring each of our users can receive the same content, using the same platforms, through the same channels—no special versions needed. 
    • To learn more about accessibility and Bookshelf, click here.
    • For accessibility resources on Bookshelf, click here.
  • A suite of features to transform your reading experience: It’s your book—read it your way! 
    • Navigation languages: Choose between English, French, or among another twenty languages.
    • eBook display features: choose among additional fonts, day and night mode, letter size, line spacing, margin spacing, to make reading easier, more enjoyable, and to reduce eye fatigue.
  • A suite of features to read with intention: It’s your book – study it your way! 
    • Workbook: Improve focus. Edit notes, add bookmarks, create flashcards, and review key concepts in one place.
    • Margin notes: Take annotations in line as you are reading.
    • Global search: Search across book content, figures, and your workbook.
  • Commitment to sustainability: VitalSource commits to carbon neutrality, reducing our impact on the environment and creating a more sustainable future through a variety of initiatives. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability.

Discover Bookshelf

  • From the PUO-UOP website: When you purchase a digital book on our website, you receive a direct link to your book, which is awaiting you in BookShelf.
  • Online: Log in or create your BookShelf account using the login page. This login page allows you to select your language and to optimize your experience by selecting your navigator. You can also access your BookShelf account via the VitalSource website.
  • Check out Welcome to VitalSource Support, which offers download options, as well as quick links to BookShelf and many other platforms.

Examples of Bookshelf

Personalize your display settings:

Choose the font that works best for you:

Among the fonts, you can select OpenDyslexic, which facilitates reading for some people:

Let Bookshelf read your book: