Export from VitalSource Bookshelf

Every now and again, my University gives us a reader through the DRM black hole software that they deemed useful to license: VitalSource bookshelf. And of course, that means you’ll get encrypted content, which your operating system and document management system of choice won’t index. And just as with Adobe Digital Editions (but more uncomfortably than over there), there’s ways out of that.

Here are two apple scripts I quickly hacked together to export from VitalSource Bookshelf:

The first one takes a digitized ebook, i.e. the stuff that is already OCRd:

The second one takes a file that was not yet OCRd in VitalSource:


Now, that leaves you with a bunch of PDFs which you can easily concatenate with an automator script: