We offer eBooks or electronic books that allow our customers to purchase books in a simple, quick, and sustainable format. Our books can be bought as ePubs. A cheaper alternative to print books, ePubs offer the flexibility to adjust the text size, giving you greater control of how to comfortably access the book. Our ePubs are available to rent or purchase and can be accessed on multiple devices online or offline.
Our eBooks are delivered to you via a third-party application from VitalSource, called Bookshelf which is available on Android and iOS. The application allows you to download the book to your device, giving you lifetime access and enabling you to highlight text and even make notes. You can also rent the book, a cheaper alternative if you only want the book for a brief time. Our eBooks are available in an ePub format and can be accessed as soon as you receive your order confirmation email.
Types of eBook formats
At Routledge.com, we have partnered with VitalSource Bookshelf. Most of our eBooks are available as reflowable ePubs, which allow the reader to enlarge the text, change the background and text colour, and enable the book to adjust to the screen size on which you are reading the book.
Reflowable eBooks might not suit some accessibility needs or if the content requires the page to remain fixed. In these cases, we can provide a fixed format ePub or PDF. Some of our textbooks include illustrations, formulae, or other data that may need to be fixed on the page. You can access your eBooks as fixed and reflowable formats and view them to read online and offline via the Bookshelf app.
In addition, you can also print pages from your eBooks. Bookshelf for Mac and Windows offers a printing function which enables you to select a page range to print. The number of pages will vary for each book.
You can also print in a browser by using Bookshelf Online.
All of our eBooks are encrypted so that they can only be accessed within the Bookshelf app. We do not send eBooks as PDFs to your email address because this format is easily copied and pirated and does not protect the rights of our expert author community. As one of the leading global academic publishers, Routledge offers eBooks through other book retailers and academic stores. Please check with your preferred eBook retailer to find Routledge books in an electronic format that suits you.