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Help spread the word: Short Story Contest for Ontario Students!


Do you know any crafty, talented and word-oriented middle or high school students?

Let them know that they can explore their talent and also enter for a chance to win an iPad mini.

Alpha Textbooks is hosting its first annual short story contest. Visit the contest website here.



SPC is here!

SPC_LOGO_KWe are happy to announce that we are now an authorized retailer of Student Price Cards (SPC). You can purchase your SPC card in store or online.

SPC has been Canada’s #1 student loyalty savings program since 1992. SPC Card helps students save an average of 10-15% on the brands they love at over 100 national retailers.

Alpha Textbooks is offering a 30% in store discount on school supplies and in-store items for SPC holders, starting August 1, 2014.*

We are joining hundreds of retailers across the GTA and Canada who offer SPC discounts. Here are some great and familiar names. For a full list of SPC national retailers and deals, check out the website.

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For more info, see the news release here: SPC Launch_News_15July2014.

* Discount is not applicable to educational resource materials (i.e. textbooks, student workbooks, teacher’s resources, etc.).



Alpha Textbooks explores new territory in a partnership with Sadlier

sadlierbooks blog We are pleased to announce that we have signed a new partnership with William H. Sadlier, Inc., based in New York, to act as the new exclusive distributor of Sadlier products in Canada.

“Since 1996, we have been supplying schools and students, from kindergarten to grade 12, with educational materials and teacher resources,” said Howard Cohen, Alpha founder and president. “We are glad that our efforts and commitment to education has helped us forge this new agreement with Sadlier.”

In addition to an exclusive line of educational materials, that includes writing, math and more, the Sadlier K-12 line includes new products like Common Core Progress, for the language arts and mathematics, new interactive editions of the Vocabulary Workshop Enriched Edition, and new Grammar for Writing Enriched Editions for all grade levels. Alpha will also carry and distribute classic Sadlier materials like Writing Workshop, Progress in Mathematics, and Grammar and Writing for Standardized Tests.

You can find all the Sadlier products on our website, or check out the online catalogue.

Download the press release here.Sadlier_with_S_red_richblk_2009 copy

Alpha Textbooks Donates $750 to Kids Help Phone for 2014

Alpha Textbooks Inc. continued its longstanding tradition this year, by donating $750 to Kids Help Phone. Operating since 1989, Kids Help Phone is a charitable organization that provides free, anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counselling for children and youth.


Throughout the year, Alpha Textbooks gives its customers the opportunity to contribute to the Kids Help Phone upon completion of their book orders. In the spring of the following year, Alpha contributes its own portion to Kids Help Phone along with the collected donations.


“We believe that the Kids Help Phone is an essential service for children and youth. We are proud to support it,” said Howard Cohen, Alpha president.


Alpha Textbooks regularly contributes to youth-focused initiatives, whether it’s through charities, community events, sports teams or educational club sponsorships.


“Giving back and helping out is important to us,” said Cohen, “but it’s not just about giving back, it’s about fostering a community that gives back, too. We see Alpha and its sister company, BookSwap, taking on more initiatives like this in the future as we grow. What’s good for the community is good for us.”


Alpha Textbooks has been donating to the Kids Help Phone since 2004.


Download the media release here.