When e-readers first started to hit the market, I was sort of indifferent. Reading from a screen just isn’t the same. I want a books to place upon my shelves, loan to friends, or even dog ear the pages. Going digital just seemed wrong. Besides, I’m extremely frugal and usually purchase real books at library sales for 50 cents. Why would I pay $5-10 for a digital copy instead of the real thing?
However, as the popularity of e-readers grew, I started to reconsider. I discovered there are many low-cost or even free quality books available. Some readers have capability of using library services for e-books and several allow you to loan titles to friends. The price started dropping to the point that it was actually cheaper to buy a Kindle than it would be to buy the number of bookshelves I needed to support my growing book collection. This February, I finally caved and purchased my Kindle. Now I’m wondering why I waited? I also found that I had two kids eyeballing my new toy.
So, not only have I been on a quest for quality and inexpensive adult e-books, but quality children’s and young adult literature as well. When I discovered that I would have the opportunity to review an e-book bundle from Yesterday’s Classics, I did a little happy bibliophile dance.
Yesterday’s Classics republishes titles of the golden age of children's literature, from the time period of 1880 and 1920. Having been out of print for many years, these aren’t titles that you’ll find at the library used book sales. In addition, the rich vocabulary and stories of classical literature typically is not found in modern titles.
Yesterday’s Classics, a supplier of many classical titles in paperback, is now offering a complete e-book bundle of 225 titles in both Kindle and EPUB format. The package includes:
- 225 classical children’s literature titles from 22 genres intended for ages 5-18
- a list sorting titles by author, title, genre, and level for easy locating
- a guide to downloading the files to your e-reader
- a list of thumbnail pictures and descriptions of each title for better selecting titles for your children
- a general guide to e-reader devices
While many of these titles are available for free on the internet, Yesterday’s Classics is providing more than mere text. For starters, the each Yesterday’s Classics title includes a Table of Contents for easy navigation, illustrations (even in color if the original text is color), and readable formatting. Email support is also available if trouble downloading occurs.
In addition, many of the titles are used in various homeschool programs, listed below. Click the program you are interested to see what titles are included.
I have selected titles handy on my Kindle and the rest stored on my computer for future transfer to my Kindle, rather than stuck under a bed (because of space issues) out of sight of eager readers. Since I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying around my Kindle with me when running errands and going to appointments, it is nice to have some quality children’s literature available for my kids when we have an unexpected delay. My son enjoyed 14 chapters of one title while waiting for his sister during an appointment, rather than occupying himself with a gaming system or otherwise being bored – definitely a situation makes me better appreciate the digital age of literature.
The nicer formatting and convenience of the titles in one spot makes this e-Book package a useful and economical option, especially for a family with children of multiple ages to make use of all the titles. Furthermore, if you use a homeschool program that uses the titles provided, this package is a definite time and money saver.
Want to sample a classic title from Yesterday’s Classics before purchasing? The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch is available as a free download in both Kindle and EPUB versions (links can be found here). The Yesterday’s Classics E-book Package can be purchased for $99.95 in both Kindle and EPUB versions for $99.95 with a 100% Risk-Free Guarantee.
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Disclaimer: This review was provided as a result in my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew. I was provided the product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I have received no other compensation. I strive to give a balanced overview of each product, detailing my opinion of both pros and cons and how the product worked for my family. What works for one family may not work for another. I encourage you to read reviews of other Crew members and research sufficiently to determine if any product will be a benefit to your homeschool.