What's a VBK File?

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VitalSource is an online eTextbook bookshelf program that is used to access eBooks for your courses. Within this software, you can download, access, and read your course materials. You are also able to access your eBooks on-the-go by downloading the VitalSource app to your mobile device or tablet. And VitalSource Bookshelf eBook file is a VBK file. So in this article we are going to tell you more about VBK file and the method about how to convert VBK to PDF/Epub.

1. The Introduction to VBK File
2. How to Convert VBK to PDF/Epub

The Introduction to VBK File

What is a VBK File?

VBK files are DRM-protected eBook files used by VitalSource Bookshelf, an eBook application used for reading purchased textbooks. They may contain a digital textbook created by one of many different publishers. A VitalSource Bookshelf account and the software client are required to open VBK files. The VitalSource Bookshelf software also allows users to access their own digital copies of textbooks.

How do I open a VBK file?

VitalSource Bookshelf is an eTextbook platform that allows you to access course materials whenever and wherever you choose – online, laptop, desktop or mobile device. You can download eTextbooks directly or access them via your browser. Once you download eTextbook from VitalSource Bookshelf desktop or website, then the book will be saved in VBK format on your computer. And the default opening application for VBK file is VitalSource Bookshelf desktop application. Since VBK files are all DRM-protected eBook files. So all of your VBK files can only be opened by VitalSource Bookshelf application registered under your account.

How to Convert VBK to PDF/Epub

Due to the limitation of DRM protection, VBK files are restricted to VitalSource Bookshelf software, which will be a very inconvenient for users. Though VitalSource provides PDF print function, you can only print one page at a time. So this method will drive you crazy if your VBK books have hundreds of pages. It's so time-consuming and inefficient. So here we are going to introduce you a very fast and efficient method to convert VBK to PDF/Epub.

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

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 successfully to your computer.

downloading process bar3

Step 3, it will pop up a reminding window when the book was successfully downloaded to your computer.

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

Tips: If you only want to get the PDF in order to print the VitalSource eTextbook, however, the book type delivered by VitalSource is an epub format book, so you will get an epub book instead of a PDF file after downloading it via Epubor VitalSource Downloader. Fortunately for you, you can use Epubor Ultimate to convert the DRM free epub book to PDF for free. All you need to do is drag and drop the epub book to the main window and hit the Convert to PDF button.

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Epubor VitalSource Downloader uses the VitalSource web viewer to scrape every page of the book and strips DRM from the book. It only requires one-click to download the whole book efficiently and save them as EPUB or PDF files(depends on the book type delivered by VitalSource) on your computer. If you get Vitalsource book downloaded as PDF format, you can print the downloaded PDF book as a whole with one-click! Even if you get the epub format books, you can read DRM free ePub on many devices. And Epubor VitalSource Downloader will allow you to convert the formats between PDF and Epub format in the near future. When you're not sure whether the VBK file is a ePub or PDF file, you can contact VitalSource customer service for help.


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.


VitalSource is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with over 4 million users worldwide. Content from more than 500 of the world's top academic publishers is available to Bookshelf platform users. So if you want your purchased e-textbooks at your disposal, then you must try the above method to remove DRM from your VBK files and get the DRM free ePub or PDF files.

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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.

11/15/2018 16:35:18
Great tool, works perfect for me!
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