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Accessing eBooks

When you purchase an eBook on the SAGE website, you will be able to instantly access your content. Below you will find details on how to open your eBook or Bookshelf. For addtional help with accessing or navigating your eBook please visit


1. Once your order is completed, you can can select the “Open eBook” on your order confirmation page.

Screenshot showing the "open eBook" button that appears on the order confirmation page.

2. You can also access it by clicking on “My Account” on the SAGE website, and opening the Bookshelf tab.

Screenshot showing the "open my bookshelf" button that appears in My Account section of the SAGE website.


3. You will not receive an access code. Instead, the first time you access your eBook, you will be prompted to create a VitalSource account (or log in to an existing account). If you already have a VitalSource account, it is recommended that you use the email address associated with your existing account. After this initial account creation, you will have single-sign-on (SSO) access to your bookshelf content from your SAGE account.

Sign on screen for accessing SAGE bookshelf prompting the user to enter their email address

If you have questions about how to navigate your eBook, or are having access issues, please visit or use the “help” option within your Bookshelf account profile.

If you have an issue with a new or existing purchase, or need help initiating a return, please email your order details to Any returns or refunds are subject to the SAGE Return Policy.