How To: Code Creation - Basic (no Bookshelf user)

This is a How To guide for clients who wish to be able to create codes on behalf of their company to distribute to students manually via email, receipt print-off, or something similar. The end user would be required to then log into to enter this code and redeem to gain access to their purchased materials.

This is best for a basic integration with a Point of Sales system to offer basic digital materials. The information below explains the APIs and steps to take to complete this level of integration:

Integration Difficulty: Basic

Steps to Integrate

1. Find your catalog at the endpoint below by following the directions here


2. Make your codes at v3/code - Create by following the directions here



3. You can now distribute these codes to a POS, via email or print them. 

  • Key items to note about these codes
    • You have created codes that allow VitalSource to associated the title, and expiry terms applied upon creation, but NOT the underlying user of the content.
    • The association to a user is created when the code is redeemed into a user account
  • Once you have these codes you need to instruct your customers to visit where we can aid them in:
    • Accessing VitalSource Bookshelf through a browser
    • Adding one of our optional installed apps
    • Redeeming the code in our online or app versions of VitalSource Bookshelf
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