Utility of MBS Direct disappoints students, faculty


LOGO[1]by Benjamin Heller
Eagle Staff

MBS Direct is the online bookstore from which students are required to buy their theology textbooks. The service allows students to have the books easily accessible to themselves.

This also means that students will have to carry less books around with them.

The online books come with useful features that easily allow students to highlight, take notes and bookmark pages of the book. MBS also comes with a search function that helps students when they are completing an assignment for class.

Despite these advantages with the online textbooks, there are still problems that all students share with MBS.

“The page breaks are irregular and makes turning the page weird,” sophomore Travis Carroll said.

An alternative to using MBS is on a computer. This allows the reader to view the full page rather than looking at sections of text.

“I try to search for keywords, but the search function does not narrow down the results,” Carroll said. “It gives you every page in the book with any of those keywords on them.”

The search function can place you on a page before the information you want. By the time you find what you searched for in the online text, you would have spent more time than you would have if you had a hard copy.

“MBS takes a couple minutes to load and really increases the time it takes to do things such as review questions,” junior Montgomery Cloud said. “It takes around five minutes to scroll through the chapter and find the answer for a single review question.”

By the time a student finds what he searched for in the online text, he would have spent more time than he would have with a hard copy.

MBS made an app that allows you to immediately go to your online library.

While it seems like it could have fixed all of the issues there are, the app will not even allow you open the books and crashes frequently.

Buying the physical book seems to be the only solution for the troubles MBS has, but that then doubles the price that students have to pay for the books.

Overall MBS has yet to prove itself as a viable app and e-text provider.