I absolutely LOVE ebooks, let’s just get that statement out of the way right off the bat. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a pretty huge space in my heart for real books, too – but the enticement of one small device stuffed with a virtual library of books, enough so I never run out – well, that totally tips the scale.
I’ve been using ebooks for (literally) ten years. First on PDAs purchased solely for that purpose, later on a Palm phone, most recently on a dedicated ebook reader. And intermittently on the computer.
I tell you this so that you know – I’m 100% in favor of ebooks. I need no convincing whatsoever to know the benefits of portability, storage, longevity… I’m already there.
So when I found out we’d get to review ebooks from Yesterday’s Classics, I was totally thrilled. Right up my alley. Over 200 ready-to-ready ebooks in epub or mobi format. An entire classic book library in itself!
Yesterday’s Classics is a collection of 225 ebooks in 22 different genres. A complete list of titles (and descriptions) is available on the offer page. If you use Ambleside Online, Heart of Dakota, Living Books Curriculum, or Tapestry of Grace, many of the titles you need are included in this huge set.
Yesterday’s Classics is well-known for printing quality, yet affordable, paperback editions of classic children’s literature. They’ve put those same high standards to work in producing these ebook editions – with easy-on-the-eyes fonts and modern formatting, they’re a perfect addition to the virtual library.
There’s just one other thing I feel I should mention. Yes, several of these titles ARE available for free download via sites that scan and share materials that are no longer under copyright protection. There’s nothing wrong with getting the books there – that’s what they’re there for – but there are some things you might want to take into consideration:
- Ebooks on the free download sites have been edited for accuracy to the original materials – which may mean that spelling and punctuation are not the same as would commonly be used today.
- The ebooks on the download sites can greatly differ in quality of the formatting – with Yesterday’s Classics, you can be sure that the ebook you receive will be formatted appropriately and be easy to read on your device.
- At the download sites, often the only information available is the title, author, publishing date, and file format. There’s no guarantee that the book is family friendly. With ebooks from Yesterday’s Classics, you have an entire library of ebooks that have already been vetted for kid-appropriateness.
- Finding and downloading individual titles from various sites can be time-consuming and occasionally frustrating. With Yesterday’s Classics, you get to skip all the searching, just download and you’re ready to go.
- 225 ebooks for just $99.95 works out to just 45 cents a book – that’s garage sale prices for ebooks that you’ll be able to use for years to come.
If you’re not sure which file would be right for your device, or you’re just like to check out the quality of these books, there are samples available on the offer page. Check them out, and you’ll appreciate the convenience of a library, right at your fingertips.
The regular price of Yesterday’s Classics is $149.95, but they’re on sale for just $99.95 during the month of May! (Make sure you use the special link in this line or click the image below to get to the special offer page.)
To see what other crew members had to say about this product, check out the TOS Homeschool Crew blog post, Yesterday’s Classics.
**I received this product for free as a member of the 2010-11 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew so that I could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**