MBS Textbook Exchange, LLC (MBS) is the largest contract operator of virtual bookstores for the institutional client market and one of the largest textbook wholesalers in the United States. Initially a school furniture and teacher supply store founded as “The Missouri Store Company” in 1909, the company officially became MBS Textbook Exchange, LLC in 1973. Since then, MBS has been regarded as the industry leader in wholesale textbook distribution, building several other core competencies and business objectives along the way. MBS was acquired by Barnes & Noble Education in 2017.
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Through its MBS Direct business, MBS services more than 700 virtual bookstores in higher education and K-12 with a comprehensive e-commerce experience and a broad suite of affordable new, used and digital course materials. It also operates textbooks.com℠, an e-commerce site for new and used textbooks. Together, BNED and MBS offer existing and prospective clients physical, virtual and hybrid bookstore models.
Through its MBS Wholesale business, MBS sources and sells new and used textbooks to over 3,700 physical college bookstores, including Barnes & Noble College’s campus bookstores, and provides inventory management, hardware and point-of-sale software to more than 480 college bookstores. MBS’ wholesale distribution channel and warehousing systems enable BNED to optimize its textbook sourcing, purchasing and liquidation processes.