Free Electronic Textbook Information

From the Medaille College Bookstore:

In cooperation with our publishing partners we are offering free ebook versions of many of our titles through May 25th. There are banners up on our website but I wanted to offer some guidance to you as to the best way to take advantage of this offer.

1) Direct students to

2) They will need to know the ISBN of the book they are looking for. This can be found on our website.

3) Cut and paste the ISBN into RedShelf's search function and they can see whether or not the book is available.

4) Follow all instructions for redemption.


Other Resources as per Medaille Faculty:

In addition to Redshelf, another resource for free online textbooks is VitalSource, directions for which follow below.  As with Redshelf, the best way to search for titles is by ISBN.


How do I access VitalSource Helps content?

To get started, visit Before you begin searching for and reading course materials, you will need to log in to an existing Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address or create a new account. 

It is important to note that, while you may use Bookshelf today as part of an Inclusive Access program, your account may not be linked to your institution provided email address. To access VitalSource Helps content, you must use your institution-provided email address.


For students and instructors accessing Bookshelf for the first time:

Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account. Once you create an account with an institution-provided email address, log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen.


For students and instructors with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address:

Students and Instructors with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore.” This tab provides access to the freely-available ebooks.


Also, do not overlook OER textbooks available to supplement what the bookstore has on offer.

Obviously, please use the bookstore first!

Here is the link to some OER books; I have been using them for nearly two years now. Many are SUNY.


Here is another resource for OER.

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