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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

TOS Review Yesterdays Classics

"Sweetie, please DO NOT buy any more books. We don't have room on any of the bookshelves." This statement has brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion.

My name is Renita and I am a bibliophile. I am addicted to books. Seriously addicted.

I can't seem to help myself when I see a good book sitting there and it's lonely all by itself. I feel so bad for it, that I just have to buy it. I need to bring it home and lovingly put it in a stack next to the others that I have rescued. That is until my sweet and patient husband issues an edict like the one above.

It makes me so sad.

But then I see deals like the one I am about to tell about and my spirits lift again.

Yesterday's Classics are a set of 225 books that are electronic.  Yup, they are for your electronic devices and computer so they take up no space in your "real life" which is a bonus for the hubby.  The books are classics and used in our homeschool curriculum which is a bonus for me. 

Here is a bit of info about the company:
Yesterday's Classics republishes classic books for children in high-quality paperback editions. These books, first published in the golden age of children's literature from 1880 and 1920 and long out of print, are reprinted in modern easy-to-read type for today's readers. The illustrations from the original volumes have been included except in those few cases where the quality of the original images was too low to make their reproduction feasible. Color illustrations in the original volumes are rendered in black and white in these editions.


Yesterday's Classics are some seriously great books and they are at an amazing deal.  If you do the math, 225 books would average you around $2,495.75 at $11 a book.  Some might be more and some less but you would be hard pressed to find them at this great of a deal in 'real book' form.  You could also find them in epub or Kindle form but would still pay around $648 for them.  Sometimes you can get great deals on them and sometimes you can also find some of these online free, which I have.  But let me tell you an important fact about the free online books-they are not formatted well.

What I mean by formatting is that the books are not formatted in a way that is easily navigated.  The chapters are not linked so that you can not easily jump to the correct chapter.  Also there is usually just text, no pictures, and that is sometimes not in the same formatting that a book would be in.

That is not the way Yesterday's Classics books are.  The ebooks are formatted wonderfully and there are color pictures for the covers and the chapters are linked so you can jump to any chapter you need to.  I also enjoy the original pictures from the books that come along with Yesterday's Classics books.

I have been so happy with how these books 'look' on the different devices and the ease with which we downloaded them; it was a breeze!   On the ipad the formatting is just like a book.  On the Nook, it was still great formatting.  I have also looked at them on the computer and my iphone, all with great success.  My kids have used these with our history curriculum and have found many of them are the exact books we have needed.   Check out these titles and tell me you aren't impressed. 

Interested?  I thought you might be!  ;-D  Follow this link to find out more about this amazing deal.  But let me tell you what the price is for this amazing set of books.  You can get all of these ebooks, 225 of them, for the amazing price of $99.95.  It is a crazy good deal because that works out to just about 44cents a book. I'm not sure I could find them for that low of a price at my library's used book sale. 


Now, I know that that is a lot of money but I really just had to look at these titles to know that I would use all of these books for pleasure reading for the kids and for use in our curriculum for school.  Yesterday's Classics lists such curricula as Tapestry of Grace, Ambleside Online, and Heart of Dakota that use many of these classic titles.  This is a great resource for most if not all classical homeschooling curriculum.  These books range in reading levels from Kindergarten through 18 years old.  Of course there's nothing saying that you couldn't use any of the younger books as read alouds for younger kids or have older students read some of these out loud to younger siblings.  There are several that I plan on reading as well!

Another option would be to follow this link and check out the individual titles you can purchase.  Another great option, right?  You could also head over here and download a book to see for yourself just how great these really are. 

You should really check this out for yourself and see what a great bundle of savings this is! And just look at all those books!!

If you want to see what other Crew members thought of this amazing deal, head on over to The Crew Blog and check them out.

**I received these books from Yesterday's Classic through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Glad you found a way to get your 'book fix' without having to live in the dog house ;-) I'll have to check this out!!