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Important Dates


Fall 2014 Textbook Requests are due by May 12th.

Please submit your requests by email. Complete this form and send it to lwhitela@haverford.edu



Desk Copies


Most publishers will issue a free desk copy to each instructor using a book for a certain course. These copies may be obtained directly from publishers or from their local sales representatives.

Professors should order desk copies from the publisher no later than the same day the book request is turned into the bookstore or as soon as possible. That will allow sufficient time to receive the books for the beginning of class. If there is not enough time to receive a desk copy prior to class, it is suggested that the instructor purchase a copy from the bookstore. The amount paid will be refunded when the replacement copy is returned to the bookstore. PLEASE NOTE: If the latter method is used, the publisher should be instructed to send a new, complete and unmarked copy. Otherwise the bookstore cannot refund the instructor’s money.

Publishers will not send desk copies to the Bookstore, nor will they accept requests from the Bookstore for desk copies.




Faculty Center Network


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 Textbook Exchange, Inc., 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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