eBook FAQS

Human Kinetics ebooks are delivered using VitalSource, a modern, secure ebook platform. You can access your ebooks on any laptop (no download required), tablet, or smartphone device with VitalSource Bookshelf app. Immediately after purchase, we will email a code to you that will provide access to your content on VitalSource Bookshelf.


Within your online course, you will find a link and instructions to access the ebook. The link is found under the "Resources" tab in the course menu. Click here for step-by-step instructions for accessing an ebook from an online course. Watch video tutorial here.

Click here for a list of VitalSource requirements and support.

After accessing your online course and clicking on the link to access the ebook, you will be given a VitalSource redemption code. You'll use this code to access the ebook through the VitalSource website. Click here for step-by-step instructions for redeeming your ebook through VitalSource.

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  1. Login in to Bookshelf using your VitalSource account.
  2. Filter by title or author
  3. Select desired title
  1. If you purchased an ebook only, follow the instructions on this FAQ page to access your ebook.
  2. If you purchased an online course with an ebook, refer to the FAQ below of "HOW DO I LOCATE AN EBOOK FOR AN ONLINE COURSE?" for step-by-step instructions of how to access your ebook.

There are a few important things to keep in mind when returning an Ebook you purchased from a Human Kinetics Online Store:

  • You have 7 calendar days to return an Ebook from the date you purchased it.
  • You have not viewed or printed, in total, more than twenty percent (20%) of the Ebook.

You can only return items purchased directly from us.humankinetics.com, canada.humankinetics.com or coacheducation.humankinetics.com.

Using Order Number

  1. Enter the Order Number
  2. Click on Submit

Using Code

  1. Enter the code that you used to access the Ebook
  2. Click on Submit

Human Kinetics reserves the right to refuse to sell or provide refunds to any person for any reason not prohibited by law, including, but not limited to, abuse of its return policy.

  1. Enter your order number
  2. Click on submit

  1. Create an account on VitalSource. (You can use the same email address and password as your Human Kinetics account.)
  2. Click on 'Redeem Code'
  3. Enter the code that we sent you and then click on 'Redeem'.
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  1. Login in to your VitalSource account.
  2. Click on 'Redeem Code'.
  3. Enter the code that we sent you and then click on 'Redeem'.
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How to download your Ebook for offline access on your device.

Select the app you want to download and follow the instructions to download it.

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