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SAGE eBooks

How to access SAGE eBooks

There are several different ways for institutions or individuals to access SAGE eBooks. Learn more about the options below, and speak to your local SAGE representative to discuss which is best for you or your students.

Direct from eBook Vendor

  • SAGE eBooks can be ordered from most major retail eBook vendors including VitalSource, Amazon Kindle, Google Play,, Kobo, and a wide range of regional booksellers.
  • Students or individuals buy directly, at full digital list price (minus any discount offered by the vendor)

Single Title Access Codes & VLE Integrations

  • SAGE can provide access codes to allocate to students, to download a copy of the eBook from an online platform their own PC or mobile device.
  • We can also arrange for the eBook to be integrated to your institution’s VLE, allowing students to download their own copy from there.
  • Access is for 365 days online with perpetual download. The price is as agreed with your SAGE sales representative, and invoiced up front for an agreed number of students, either directly to you or the institution, or via a third party (e.g. a bookseller).

VitalSource, Kortext, and BibliU Institutional Schemes

  • SAGE eBooks are available through these eBook aggregators, and this option may be suitable for supporting different or whole cohorts of students. 
  • Individual students are supplied with their own copy of the eBook for one year.
  • The aggregator platform is responsible for invoicing and providing access. Invoices are typically based on the number of students on the course.

VitalSource Explore (Collections)

  • A title – or collection of titles – can be hosted on VitalSource’s Explore site. This option is suitable for institutions seeking campus-wide access, or for a specific cohort. It is often used to deliver subject collections, e.g. core Nursing titles for first year students.
  • SAGE can arrange for the Explore site to be set up for you (if not already in place). 
  • Titles can be priced individually, or as a collection, and dependent on size of cohort and access term. 
  • Distributing the eBook(s) in this way is similar to using a VLE. Access is distributed via VitalSource Manage, which can also provide a report of all accesses to the eBook in question. Concurrent access is unlimited.

Library eTextbooks (Talis)

  • The Talis Player is a unique online offering from SAGE, providing students with access to eBooks through a link. Titles are made accessible across the institution via the library catalogue, and Talis helps librarians manage title-level reporting.
  • This could be a useful option for some titles. Pricing is based on course enrolment, but access is provided to the whole institution.

Contact your SAGE representative