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.


Reading Applications for DRM-Protected eBooks


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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Which side are you on? Team Montague or Team Capulet? Take this quiz to find out!

Fair Verona? A bitter, bloody feud has bubbled up to corrupt the charming atmosphere of this vibrant city of Italy. The struggle for power between unrelenting sides has driven the stakes ever higher until the very existence of one house is abhorrent to the other.

  • Your family is tired of feeling cooped up in the same 320 walls all the time and wants a vacation. You get to decide; spend three months in either:

A. Mountainous Monaco

B. Coastal Crete

  • Your library is the envy of any scholar, but of all the skillfully bound and illuminated volumes, your favorite book is:

A. “Mystery at Moorsea Manor”

B. “Clue in the Crossword Cipher”

  • Your collection of artistic masterpieces inspires awe in every visitor. When admiring such pieces, your favorite comment to utter is:

A. “Magnificent”

B. “Captivating”

  • The tedious work of riding in carriages and walking from room to room has everybody distracted. They prefer to be diverted! What do you plan to do for fun?

A. Massive Masquerade

B. Card-game Capers

  • You encounter a member of your enemy’s house in the streets. The choicest insult you choose to hurl at them is:

A. Mewling Miscreant

B. Cretinous Cur

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

[CITIZENS]: “Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down!
Down with the Capulets! down with the Montagues

A. Disagree                                 B. Disagree

[NURSE]: “O woe! O woful, woful, woful day!
Most lamentable day, most woful day,
That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
Never was seen so black a day as this:
O woful day, O woful day!”

A. Agree                                        B. Agree

  • Your family is incredibly noble. They can trace their lineage back to only the noblest of nobles. But desperate times call for a breach with tradition: You decide to change your coat of arms to distinguish yourselves from your rival family. Do you go with:

A. Mercury, masoned sable, with a magpie membered.


B. Crimson, chevron sable between confronting coneys.


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We Must Remember

Important subjects are often the hardest to teach, and if history and stories teach us anything, it’s to remember, and to be better in the present and the future. April and May are two important months– first, April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and May 4th-5th is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

To help teach about the Holocaust and genocides of past and present, we’ve put together a book list for students of all ages. If you’ve taught this subject before, and have advice to share with the Adams and educator community, please let us know.

Ages 5 to 8


The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld and illustrated by Peter McCarty, is a beautiful story written from the personified perspective of a horse chestnut tree. The tree grows and watches a young girl in hiding write in her diary by the window. As Gottesfeld does not mention the war taking place, or the horrifying history unfolding, the story is powerful, and a great introduction to the Holocaust, and Anne Frank, to children unfamiliar with the history.


I Will Come Back for You by Marisabina Russo is based on the experiences of the author’s own family. Set during WWII, this book tells the story of how a Jewish Italian family survives the war by going into hiding. Through beautiful imagery, the book is a great introduction to children not familiar with the horrors of WWII.

Ages 7 to 10


The Harmonica by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Ron Mazellan was inspired by the true story of a Holocaust survivor. When a young boy is separated from his parents, a harmonica gifted to him by his father, is both his tool for strength and hope, as well as survival.


Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic is the published personal diary of the author. Zlata started writing in her diary as a 10 year-old in 1991 in former Yugoslavia, at the beginning of the Bosnian War. As the book is told through daily diary entries, we read about the war through the eyes of an innocent. 

Ages 12 and Up


The Book Thief by Markus Zusac may be told from the perspective of death, but don’t let that scare you away from this great read which focuses more on the chilling events of World War II than the narrator’s identity. The Book Thief follows the story of Liesel, a nine-year old girl living with foster parents in Germany. Although set during WWII, Liesel leads an ordinary life, going to school and making friends in the neighborhood, when her life is disrupted by a Jewish man, Max, living in hiding in her family’s basement. Max and Liesel soon develop a friendship because of their shared love for words, and although Max cannot safely leave the confines of the cold and dark basement, Liesel and Max forget the terrors of the outside world through stories. Throughout the story, Liesel grows up, and learns what it means to be a part of a family, a citizen, a writer, and a book-lover.


The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy, The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac tells the story of Jesse Smoke as he and fellow Cherokees are forced West by the U.S. government in what is known today as “The Trail of Tears”. Although Jesse’s story is filled with sadness, it is also filled with pride and respect for his people’s customs. This is an important read today as it provides insight into a historical event in American history that is often hidden.

Ages 15 and Up


Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick is based on the true story of Arn Chorn Pond who survived the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge. This story tells of the personal decisions Arn made–whether it be working hours in the rice paddies or pretending to play an instrument– to survive. From child of war to activist, Arn’s story is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian is a historical fiction that follows the journey of Vahan Kendarian. Vahan is living a charmed life as the youngest son of the most influential Armenian families in Turkey, when everything changes in 1915. Over the course of three years, Vahan learns the true meaning of grief and survival. Although a sad subject matter, this story beautifully displays the strength of the human spirit during a period of darkness.

Yes! We Have Your Mockingbird.


The publisher of the smaller, less-expensive version (mass market edition) of the classroom classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” has announced it will no longer be publishing that edition. Adams Book Company has always stocked titles that schools need, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” remains one of the most popular.
We still have the mass market edition available, and while you may have seen it in the news as “the $8.99 version,” our everyday discount for 10 or more copies means you can still get it for $5.84 each (35% off), while they last.

Going forward, there will still be several editions in print, the least expensive of which will be a $14.99 trade paperback that Adams will sell for $8.99 each when ordering 10 or more copies; this represents a 40% discount from cover price. But if you prefer the mass market version, now is your chance to get new copies in class-size quantities.

Call today or visit us online. Lots of other titles are in stock for quick shipment, and we can get any book in print.

Call: 1-800-221-0909           Email:orders@adamsbook.com

Mass Market edition (now out of print). Currently still available from Adams:
$5.84 for 10+ copies.
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Trade Paperback – second most popular for classrooms. In print and available.
$9.74 for 10+ copies.
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eBook: $10.99 for the perpetual license (shorter-term license pricing available upon request.)

Spring into Reading

Spring break is a great opportunity to pick up that book you have been meaning to for months. It’s also a great opportunity for educators to suggest books to their students, not as mandatory reading, but as recommended reading geared towards that specific student.

It’s sometimes a daunting task to pick a book for a student. Will they like it? What if they dislike it so much that it puts them off reading? Though understandable concerns, whether the child likes or dislikes a book will make for a great discussion after the break. Plus, talking about a book is just as wonderful as reading one. Read on for picks from Middle Reader Novels, Beloved Classics, Movie Tie-Ins, and YA Fantasy

Middle Reader Novels

Based on a true story, “Between Two Worlds” by Katherine Kirkpatrick is a novel of Arctic exploration told from a young Inuit point of view. Author of the “Indian in the Cupboard” series, Lynne Reid Banks, tells a story informed by her own experiences of leaving WWII England for Canada in “Uprooted”.

New Editions of Beloved Classics

Series are great when you find a story and characters you love, and they’ve always been a great way to keep kids reading. L.M. Montgomery kept young readers happy with nine “Anne of Green Gables” novels, starting in 1908. Those books have a refreshed look with lovely new cut paper cover designs. Perennial favorite Sherlock Holmes also gets a handy repackaging with an edition that collects the timeless novel-length stories.

Books and the Big Screen

This year’s blockbusters draw on both literature and nonfiction. Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” which reexamines the real-life disaster that inspired “Moby Dick,” is now not only adapted into a feature film, but is also available in a new edition for young readers.

Young Adult Fantasy

No waiting: If you get hooked on a series by starting with the paperback, the next book is already available in hardcover!

Banned Books Week, September 22−28

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read and battle censorship. The National Council of Teachers of English provides resources for teachers facing challenges to works used in their classrooms. They’ve also compiled a list of titles that have been challenged between 2004 and 2013. We’ve highlighted just a few of those that are popular classroom reads:

Fig. 1. This graph shows the number of book ch...

Fig. 1. This graph shows the number of book challenges from 2000-2005 and the most popular reasons for the challenges. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get Started with Tablets in Your Classroom


A Tablet is Not a Computer

This is the most helpful premise to have when integrating a tablet into a classroom and one that often gets ignored. The purpose of a tablet is best thought of as a consumption and creation device, not a small computer. They are meant as a compliment to the computer, not a replacement.  Seeking to make one’s tablet a computer may lead to frustration as well as discount the strengths of the tablet. Start by considering what the tablet can do and how it can compliment your curriculum to engender active learning. Read on for great classroom tablet tips