May 4, 2011

TOS Review: Yesterday's Classics

You can't be a homeschooler for very long without developing a deep love and appreciation for books. I have been a bookworm since before I could remember, and having kids and homeschooling has only increased my love for books. However, after moving over ten times in the last ten years and finally landing in a tiny house that, quite simply, has no more room for our ever growing need for books, I have developed a new appreciation for e-books. E-books don't take up a lot of shelf space and they are super easy to move! So I was thrilled when the TOS Crew was asked to review Yesterday's Classics bundle of books. 225 books!  These are books that were published between 1880 and 1920: history books, literature books, nature books; books that are used in Ambleside Online, Heart of Dakota, and Tapestry of Grace.
You can download all 225 in either Kindle or EPUB format, (and they will even help you figure out what that means, if you don't know) and you also receive lists of the books arranged by level, genre, author and title (because 225 books are A LOT of books!) and descriptions of the books.
I have a Kindle, so I chose that format. It is a brand-new "toy" for me, but Yesterday's Classics provided an easy-to-use guide for downloading and transferring, so I never even once had to ask my husband for help!
Now, some of these books can be had for free in various places all over the Internet, but I found several reasons why it would be worthwhile to purchase these books from Yesterday's Classics.
First, they have illustrations. If there are illustrations in the original book, they are in your Yesterday's Classics version. This might not seem like a big deal, but I have some free books on my Kindle and when a character quotes poetry, or reads a letter, the text is in a different format, and was apparently considered an illustration and is not visible on my Kindle. Trust me, it loses something...
Next, Yesterday's Classic has clickable table of contents. This means that you can go to any chapter in the book from the table of contents. Very nice to have!
Also, buying these books means you get 225 books all at one blow. It can be time-consuming to hunt down 225 books individually and then download them.
Finally, this bundle of books is currently on sale until the end of May, which you can read about here. The sale price means you are paying less than .50 a piece for each book. This page also tells you in detail which books make up this bundle (with descriptions) and offers you a free book to download so you can check it out for yourself.
To be honest, we have not read all 225 books in the weeks alloted to us for the review period. We have thoroughly enjoyed the books we have read, though! And, the download was simple and easy, with their instructions, although it did take awhile. That's a lot of books, after all! Organizing them once they were on the Kindle was a little more difficult, so I would have liked if I could have downloaded them by category instead of by author. But that's a minor detail. :)

If you would like to read other Crew members' reviews of this product, click here.

I was given a free download of these ebooks in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

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