Our Heritage

Since 1992, MBS Direct has helped hundreds of schools streamline their course material fulfillment. See where it all began and how far we've come.

Serving students worldwide during the 2016-2017 school year


MBS Direct saved students millions with affordable options, savings initiatives and one of the largest inventories of used books.


More than 1.1 million orders shipped to 597,433 students located in 149 countries all over the world.


More than 426,000 digital titles were available for adoption, giving students even more price-saving format options.

*July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

MBS Direct employees provide wonderful services for our families with friendly assistance, affordable prices, and excellent customer service. The web-based interface is easy to use and excellent to navigate through the textbook title submission process. We love working with MBS Direct!

Tom Opfer

Assistant Principal/Academic Dean, Paul VI Catholic High School

MBS Direct, from the beginning

  • 1992

    Park University is MBS Direct's first customer

    MBS Direct fulfills the course material fulfillment needs of Park University's distance learning program (including the main campus and 28 military bases).

  • 2000

    The addition of the Automatic Storage and Retrieval system

    Automatic Storage and Retrieval (ASR) and Radio Frequency (RF) picking are added to the warehouse to shorten out-the-door time and increase capacity for distribution.

  • 2001

    Contact Center expansion

    MBS Direct expands the Customer Contact Center to better handle increased volume.

  • 2002

    Warehouse expansion

    As inventory demands increase, MBS Direct replaces one-story library with 3-tiered mezzanine system, doubling storage capacity and increasing efficiency with added automation.

  • 2004

    MBS Direct Service Center

    MBS Direct launches Service Center, the online tool for administrators to monitor all aspects of their Online Bookstore.

  • 2005

    MBS Direct Course Director

    Service Center expands as Online SFA and Course Director, the online adoption tool, are added.

  • 2006

    First generation of eBooks

    The first generation of eBooks become available to MBS Direct partners. At this stage, they are delivered as encrypted PDFs.

  • 2008

    The addition of the Beumer Crossbelt High-Speed Book Sorter

    The addition of the Beumer Crossbelt High-Speed Book Sorter streamlines order fulfillment with the capacity to process more than 20,000 books an hour with unmatched accuracy.

  • 2011

    Integrated SFA invoicing

    Integrated SFA invoicing creates additional convenience for MBS Direct's partner schools.

  • 2012

    Integration with Student Information Systems.

    MBS Direct begins integration with Campus Management and other Student Information Systems.

  • 2015

    Partnership with VitalSource®

    Partnership with VitalSource® introduces their tried-and-true eReader solution to MBS Direct customers and expands available eBooks.

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  • 2017


    MBS Textbook Exchange is purchased by Barnes & Noble Education — finding synergies to offer solutions to all aspects of the course materials industry

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