How to Convert VBK to Epub

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VitalSource is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with over 4 million users worldwide. Your eTextbooks are available immediately to you following your purchase. And VBK files can only be opened with VitalSource Bookshelf which is compatible with Macs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones. However, some people who prefer to read book with e-ink reader devices find it impossible for them to do so. Because VitalSource books are available for two formats: Epub and PDF, I am going to show you how to convert VBK to Epub in this post for your better reading experience.

What eTextbook Formats are Available?

There are two different types of electronic textbooks sold in the VitalSource Bookstore: EPUB and PDF.

EPUB (Reflowable Textbook)

Reflowable textbooks do not maintain the layout of a traditional bound book. The text is responsive, so the font size can be easily adjusted no matter the size of the screen. These books conform to EPUB 3 industry standards.

PDF (Page-Fidelity Textbook)

The Page-Fidelity textbook maintains the look and feel of a bound book—the text is fixed and the screen size determines the size of the text.

Both types of eBooks support a wide range of features, including but not limited to: notes, highlights, text to speech, printing, syncing across devices, and more. Information about the book's format is available on the Product Details page for that title in the vitalsource.com store.

What’s the Limitation of DRM VBK Files?

1. All purchased VitalSource books can only be accessed with VitalSource Bookshelf.

VBK files can only be opened with VitalSource Bookshelf. Though VitalSource Bookshelf is compatible with Macs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones, it has caused a lof of inconvenience for book lovers. For example, some people prefer to read books on e-Ink reader devices for better reading experience. Because e-Ink reader devices can keep you reading without any distraction, like notifications. And a single charge lasts weeks, not hours. Most importantly, e-Ink reader devices' touchscreen display reads like real paper which can greatly protect your eyesight.

2. You are not allowed to Back up purchased VitalSource books.

Although you have purchased the book, however, you can only gain the right to read the paid content. So you can't download the books to your computer to back up your paid content for personal use. The fact is that you might be blocked from your purchased content one day. Because all VitalSource books have DRM(Digital Rights Management). So you must get rid of the DRM in order to gain the full control of your purchased book. As long as you back up VitalSource books, you can read them on any preferred reader apps or devices. By the way, you can even share the textbooks with your friends.

Remove DRM from VBK and Convert Vitalsource VBK to ePub

As we have said, the VBK eTextbooks are available for 2 formats: Epub and PDF. So you will get DRM free Epub or PDF files(depends on the book type delivered by VitalSource) after the successful decryption. So no matter which format books you get, it will not effect your reading experience. Below are the steps to get DRM free VBK books.

Step 1, download Epubor VitalSource Downloader to your computer and launch it.

Updated 2/18/2019: Epubor Vitalsource Downloader is not available for downloading any more for force majeure.

Input your billing email to register Epubor VitalSource Downloader.

register vitalsource downloader

Next input your VitalSource account and password in the log-in window. Then all of your ebooks will be displayed in the main window.

sign in with vbk account

Note: If you are a trial version user, please close the registration window and use Epubor VitalSource Downloader directly.

Step 2, click the download button in the lower right of the book cover to download the VitalSource eTextbooks to your computer.

click the arrow to download books

There will be a downloading progress bar below the book cover. You can only download one book at a time. So don't click on anything before the book was downloaded succeeded to your computer.

downloading process bar3

Tip 1: it will pop up a reminding window when the book was successfully downloaded to your computer.

Tip 2: When you close the reminding window, it will pop up a window contains the downloaded DRM free ePub or PDF files.

downloaded pdf

Now you get DRM free Epub or PDF files(depends on the book type delivered by VitalSource). And the books are at your disposal.

If you want to convert PDF to Epub, you can try Epubor Ultimate software to help you convert DRM free PDF to Epub for free. After downloading Epubor Ultimate to your computer, you just need to add your PDF books to the blank area and choose Epub as the output format, then click "Convert to epub" button.

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We are sorry to announce that we are no longer sell Epubor VitalSource Downloader due to copyright and technical issues. If you are interested in removing DRM from Audible/Kindle/Kobo/Nook/Google Play books, you can read this guide on how to convert Audible/ Kindle/Kobo/Nook/Google Play books easily.


With Epubor VitalSource Downloader, you can easily decrypt DRM VBK files and get Epub or PDF books. Then you can do whatever you like with the VitalSource books.


works for Epubor and writes articles about eBooks and eReaders. She explores the best method to help you read eBooks more freely and wants to share all she has got with you.

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