MBS Selects VitalSource as Digital Fulfillment Vendor For Education Content

20-Feb-2015

Nashville, TN – VitalSource Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading digital content delivery system, today announced that VitalSource has been selected by MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. to be the digital fulfillment vendor for all of its educational content. This agreement with MBS, the industry leader in providing virtual bookstores with comprehensive print and digital inventories of course materials, will span both the K-12 and higher education markets, and will encompass all of the channels through which MBS will sell digital content, including MBS Direct, Textbooks.com, and MBS Systems.

The collaboration between MBS and VitalSource will simplify the distribution of digital course materials for thousands of institutions and students who will no longer have to contend with competing digital platforms. Instead, schools can unify their digital platforms through all of MBS’ channels, and in the process, streamline training and support, while also providing students with the convenience of a single digital reading experience.

“We value our longstanding relationship with MBS, and together we will build, enhance and deliver compelling educational content to thousands of users worldwide,” said Shawn Morin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Ingram Content Group. “We are excited that this agreement will facilitate students’ access to the learning and productivity benefits of digital course materials.”

“We are pleased that our agreement will allow VitalSource to be MBS’ provider of digital course materials,” said Bill Dampier President and Chief Operating Officer of MBS Direct. “VitalSource’s recent acquisition of CourseSmart, and the resulting benefits of the combined company, convinced us that they were the ideal choice to fulfill our digital platform. Together we can offer our customers the industry’s broadest catalog, faculty sampling, and award-winning analytics.”

About Vital Source
The VitalSource Bookshelf® platform is the most used digital textbook delivery platform in higher education. Vital Source Technologies has more than 500,000 titles available in distribution encompassing content from more than 750 educational publishers.  Content is available to VitalSource Bookshelf users, including those living with disabilities anytime, anywhere, and on a variety of operating systems and devices. For more information about Vital Source Technologies, visit www.vitalsource.com.

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) is comprised of several subsidiaries to Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram includes a comprehensive suite of publishing industry services companies that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Group LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Periodicals LLC, Ingram International, Ingram Library Services LLC, Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures LLC.

About MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc.
MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. is the largest used college textbook wholesaler, bookstore systems provider, and distributor of direct-to-student course materials in the nation. The industry leader in course material fulfillment solutions, MBS serves K-12 and higher education institutions in North America and students around the world. MBS' primary goals are to provide its partner schools with state-of-the-art technology and superior knowledge of the textbook industry to simplify course material fulfillment and increase options while lowering costs for students.