SFU VitalSource Pilot
As a response to the COVID-19 situation, the SFU community has united to support an increased online presence for our university community across all three campuses.
With classes moving to online instruction, we have worked together to provide a solution for course materials delivery in lieu of physical textbooks. Since the Summer 2020 semester, we launched a pilot program using the VitalSource web portal for easy access to digital course materials.
By using course materials supplied through VitalSource, students can save a significant amount on physical textbook prices and obtain instant access wherever they are.
VitalSource includes study tools to support a more efficient reading and review process for all students. Furthermore, digital course materials from VitalSource provide enhanced accessibility options such as text to speech, zooming and font-size adjustment capabilities.
In line with SFU's core principle of sustainability, this pilot program helps us to curtail our carbon footprint through reduced manufacturing and shipping demands while mitigating waste for a greener future.
Currently, if you select a VitalSource product, it will redirect you to our SFU Bookstore VitalSource White Label Store to complete your VitalSource checkout. We are working with VitalSource integration to eliminate the redirect to streamline the shopping experience. Stay tuned!
We appreciate your patience and understanding in bringing this new pilot to SFU and hope you have a successful, virtual, and safe semester!
DisclaimerBEFORE YOU START, PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
- By buying from SFU Bookstore, you get the correctly assigned book for your class and instant access to the materials.
- The SFU Bookstore makes VitalSource available to you for your convenience. Your use of SFU VitalSource is voluntary.
- We advise caution when purchasing textbooks directly from external sources online (not through VitalSource). International and instructor editions from external suppliers such as Amazon might be different than what your instructor has chosen.
- SFU is not responsible for any customer service, return, or refund issues related to online merchant purchases that are not through the SFU Bookstore.
SFU Bookstore also uses Campus eBookstore (CEI) to provide eBooks and Access Codes. Currently CEI is fully integrated with our website, to streamline the shopping experience. You can redeem your CEI code here, at shop.sfu.ca/redeem
Digital course materials are proven to help you achieve better grades. While you still have all the perks of a regular textbook, you can simply do more with digital. Looking for a specific passage? Search the digital course material in seconds.
School can be expensive. Thankfully most digital products are the affordable option. Don’t carry around an expensive and heavy textbook; carry your more affordable digital products on your iPad. Save money (and your back).
Let’s be honest, we’re all a bit intimidated by new technology. That’s why our support team is here to guide you (and your bookstore) through any technical issues you may have when trying to access your digital products.
Campus eBookstore uses BibliU as your eReader. BibliU is a learning enablement platform that leverages digital content management, automation, and analytics to enable more efficient and effective learning. With BibliU, you can provide students with access to 2 million+ learning assets from thousands of publishers, including OER sources. BibliU provides a seamless content access experience for students through SAML integration. An account is automatically created for each student upon book purchase - no need for a code. Accessibility
features such as text-to-speech, speed reader options, screen colour adjustments, and zoom capabilities allow students to study in a way that best suits their individual learning needs. Our accessibility standards meet and exceed EU standards. Students and academics benefit from features such as deep-linking, note synchronisation across all devices, annotation, highlighting, referencing, sophisticated search functionality, offline downloads, and the ability to search notes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is VitalSource?
VitalSource is a course materials platform that lets students purchase and access their assigned course materials whenever and wherever they need to.
Why are we adopting this pilot at SFU?
Due to publisher supply chain limitations and the ongoing pandemic, we had to start a pilot program to help students get their course materials as safely, quickly, and efficiently as possible.
Where do I purchase my digital course materials?
Whenever you are ready to purchase, please go to http://www.sfu.ca/bookstore/coursematerials
What are the benefits for students?
VitalSource allows you to purchase the ebook duration that fits your studying habits and budget all within one page. Not only does this contribute to student affordability, it provides instantaneous access for your first day of classes, no delivery wait times, and it's never out of stock!
We strongly suggest you purchase a digital version when possible as you can obtain instant access from wherever you are - letting you learn from home while reducing your carbon footprint!
What email address do I use for VitalSource?
Make sure to use your SFU email account when creating a VitalSource account.
How do I access my VitalSource books I purchased and what are the benefits of using Bookshelf?
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What should I do if I'm having issues accessing my account or materials?
Please contact VitalSource technical support 24/7 at https://get.vitalsource.com/contact-us.
You can call, text, or use LiveChat to get assistance!
You can also check VitalSource's frequently asked questions first - https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/faqs.
What is Campus eBookstore?
Campus eBookstore (CEI) is a provider for eBooks and Access Codes.
Where do I shop for Campus eBookstore digital course materials?
Shop Online at your Bookstore. Don’t feel like leaving the couch? No big deal. Go online to your campus bookstore’s website and order the digital course materials you need. They’ve got it all organised for you. Instant fulfillment, instant gratification. Whenever you are ready to purchase, please go to http://www.sfu.ca/bookstore/coursematerials
Where can I redeem my Campus eBookstore code?
You can redeem your CEI code here at shop.sfu.ca/redeem
I don't see any books listed for my class, what does this mean?
As Faculty and Departments submit their course materials requirements to the Bookstore, we are continually in the process of obtaining course materials. Please check back closer to the start of the semester. Alternatively, if nothing is listed, this might mean that there are no required or recommended textbooks for the class through the SFU Bookstore. Please check your course outline and/or contact your instructor for further details. Or ask us on LiveChat.
What should I do if I have questions that aren't answered here?
Please contact the Simon Fraser University Bookstore at email@example.com for assistance. Or, click on the live chat icon on the lower right hand corner during store hours, where our live chat agents will be happy to help you!