About FCN
The Faculty Center Network is THE resource for faculty to review college-level textbooks and make informed decisions about textbook adoption.
The Faculty Center Network is produced and maintained by MBS, a textbook wholesaler located in Columbia, Missouri. In the past 27 years, MBS has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and data on textbooks. The result is a robust database of bibliographic information on textbooks.
Inside the Faculty Center Network, users can search or browse over 260,000 textbooks. For each textbook, we have author information and author biographies, cover images, book summaries, tables of contents, sample chapters and prefaces, and links to book supplements available to students.
In addition, we cross-reference textbooks with previous editions, and we offer extensive publisher information. On a title-by-title basis, we provide publisher reviews and links to the publisher's Web site for additional supplemental information. And with each title, we provide publisher contact information for users if they want to request a professional review copy. This information is different from the publisher information database, which includes publisher address, phone number and e-mail addresses for key personnel.
The two key features of the Faculty Center are the subject ranking and book usage data, and the FC Notebook. MBS has taken its demand data from over 3,000 wholesale accounts and devised a way to show how often textbooks are adopted; and rank textbooks by subject category. The FC Notebook is similar to the "Wish List" feature you find at some retail sites. With the Notebook, you can produce an adoptions list to bring to your campus bookstore for ordering purposes. Or, you can create a list of the titles that you would like to request a professional review copy.
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If you are interested in gaining access to the Faculty Center Network, contact your campus bookstore or fill out our registration form.
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