The Easiest Way to Convert VitalSource VBK to PDF

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Every now and then, students and researchers purchase textbooks from Vitalsource Bookshelf. Most of the books downloaded from VitalSource Bookshelf are in VBK format and protected by DRM. People only can open these books with VitalSource Bookshelf APP which is really annoying. Recently I have received many readers emails which inquiry if there is any way to convert VBK to PDF. I've tested some methods posted on these famous ebook related forums and find the easiest way to convert VBK to PDF. This method will not cost you a penny!

Convert VBK to PDF on Mac

If you are Mac user, converting VBK to PDF is a piece of cake for you. Most of the you may do not know that Mac comes pre-installed with a PDF printer. With this built-in printer, it is easy for us convert VitalSource book to PDF.

Step 1: Install VitalSource Bookshelf APP on your Mac

To Print the book, first of all, we have to open this book on your Mac. Please go to the official site of VitalSource Bookshelf to download the desktop app and install it. Then download the books you want to print via VitalSource Bookshelf app.

Step 2: Print VitalSource VBK file to PDF

Open the book you want to print, then choose "Print" at the drown list of "File“ option at the top toolbar.

print vbk to pdf

It will pop up a new window ask you to fill in the range of the pages you want to print. Ignore this restriction and just click on "continue" to go to the next step.

choose the page range

The print window will pop up. Now you can fill in the copies, pages you want to print. At the buttom, you will see PDF options, click on "PDF" and select ”Save as PDF" at the dropdown list.

save vbk as pdf

Fill in the Title, Author, and choose the storages place for the converted PDF file. Then click on " Save" to generate the PDF file.

conver vbk to pdf on mac

Now you get your VBK file converted to PDF.

Convert VBK to PDF on Windows

Unlike Mac, if you are using Windows system, there will not be a built-in printer preinstalled on your computer. As there are so many free PDF creation application on the market, why not install one on your Windows? I have used both doPDF and CutePDF. Both of them work well as a Virtual PDF printer on my own Windows.

Step 1: Install VitalSource Bookshelf app on your Windows

Go to VitalSource Bookshelf to download the desktop app and then install it on your Windows.

Step 2: Install doPDF on your computer

Download the FREE virtual printer driver doPDF from here. This virtual printer will allow you print files as regular printer, but the result will be a PDF, not a real paper.

Step 3: Print the VitalSource Books as PDF

Open the VitalSource Bookshelf and download the book you want to convert. Open the book and then click on "File"-->”“Print".

print vbk to pdf

The print preview window will pop up. You just have to click on "print" to go to the next step.

print options on windows

Now you will see the print settings windows. Choose "doPDF 9" as the virtual printer and select all pages. Then click on "Print"

select printer for vitalsource book

After you have click on "Print", the doPDF will save this file as PDF. You can change the file name and storage at your computer by click on "Browse". Then click on "OK". The printer will begin to print this file and give you a PDF file.

print vbk to pdf on windows

Now you can try to convert your VitalSource ebooks to DRM-free PDF now. If you think this article is useful, please spread it to more places or give us a thumb up. If you any better methods, you are welcome to share these methods in the comments.

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