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Welcome to Adams Book Co.’s blog. This is place for our thoughts and feelings…about books! The goal of this page is to provide a centralized source and education hub for our book recommendations, news about new paperback and textbook releases, curriculum inspiration, ideas for your classroom, and our opinions on the evolving publishing landscape, namely the emergence of digital content platforms such as eBooks and learning apps.

We look forward to engaging with you our customers through this platform, getting your feedback and thoughts, and providing information that you find useful.

Adams Book Co. supplies any book in print, bringing together the convenience of the web with full access to real live people (toll free!). Our dedicated customer service team is eager to help schools access the books you need, quickly and inexpensively so that you can focus on what you do best: TEACH!

What the Chromebook/Android Merge Means for Classroom eReading

Google announced that they’re effectively merging compatibility between the ChromeOS and Android by making Google Play applications available on Chromebooks. Right now only a select number of Chromebook models have full access to the  Play Store, with many more devices to be added throughout the rest of 2016 and 2017. The list of supported Chromebooks may be viewed here.

Android-compatible Chromebooks  will be able to download applications that can view DRM-protected eBooks with the extension .acsm. All eBooks produced by major publishers are required to be protected by DRM and opening up the ecosystem to other players means that readers can install their books on their Chromebooks – whether they’re purchased from Adams Book Company or another supplier. Until now, Chromebooks could only access eBooks purchased from Google Play, which no longer has a feasible classroom distribution model or from a retailer with a web viewer. The latter still required access to the internet, which can be problematic. Instead of being restricted to reading applications with web viewers, Chromebook educators will have access to a wider range of reading applications and can choose a tool that best fits the needs of his or her classroom.

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Reading Applications for DRM-Protected eBooks

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Most major publishers require that digital formats of their titles be protected by digital rights management (DRM) when they’re distributed to readers.  K12 Student Direct utilizes the industry standard, Adobe DRM, when protecting EPUBs and PDFs on behalf of publishers. We’ve compiled a list of applications which are compatible with DRM and outlined their features so that you can take full-advantage of using a non-proprietary format.

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Golden Retold-ens: 18 Best Books Based on Fairy Tales

The new trailer for the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” has us hearkening back to the animated classic and our first introduction to our beloved, book-ensconced Belle.

So while we wait for a deeper glimpse into the fantastic library scenery of this new adaptation, we can also look to our own shelves for fairy-tale retellings that resonate with the thrill of timeless stories.

Read on for our picks of novels new and old inspired by classic folk and fairy tales.

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Summer Reading 2016

School may be coming to a close, but as summer starts we want to echo Mr. Bennet’s encouragement to READ ON! Read On Mr Bennet

Okay, so that line isn’t in the book, but it is in the BBC miniseries, and that’s the best adaptation. And it’s totally within Mr. B’s bibliophile nature as something to say. Always looking for a peaceful moment in which to read his book; could Mr. Bennet be the most relatable character in Jane Austen’s works?

In any case, as you encourage your students to take on summer as a season of reading, you can fulfill your Summer Reading list with books from Adams Book Company! Here is a list of all kinds of books that would be great for summer reading.

A Lesson Before Dying, Angela’s Ashes, 1984, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Cold Mountain, Friday Night Lights, Great Expectations, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, The Bean Trees, The Color Purple, The Joy Luck Club, The Kite Runner, The Road, The Tiger’s Wife, Fast Food Nation, The Alchemist, Salvage the Bones, The Beautiful Struggle, How to Read Literature like a Professor

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2016: A Gif List

Since Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6) is officially a weekday-type celebration, we present to you the Five Days of Teacher Week. We turn five gifs into traditional gifts that should be  given to teachers during the first week of May.

On the fifth day of Teacher Week, my students gave to me…

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