Wednesday, May 4, 2011

TOS Crew Review: Yesterday's Classics


For years, I have worked at incorporating classic books into our homeschool. And while we have been somewhat successful in doing so, there is one thing that stands in between my children and 'yesterday's classics'. And that is that book seem old and stuffy! That is where Yesterday's Classics come in. Yesterday's Classics has classic stories from yester year with the technology of today.

Yesterday's Classics have been reprinting classic books into paperbacks, and still have those available. However, now, they have taken those same stories and put them in EPub (ex. NooK Color) and Kindle formats. In the transcribing process they have used modern type to help with ease of reading for todays readers, and they have included original artwork whenever possible.

As part of the crew we were sent their bundle of 225 titles, yes you heard me correctly! 225 titles, for free to review! Our family owns a Nook Color, and chose to have the books come via EPub files. Now, don't fret, if you do not have an E-reader. You can download many of the E-reader software to your pc and read the books on your pc!

When I started homeschooling, I had visions of sitting by the fireplace reading books to my adoring and obedient children! Fast forward 11 years and guess what you see... a couch full of reluctant readers! However, with having these classic books on my Nook Color, all of sudden they are accessible to the children in a way they never were before. They love the technology, and I love the fact that my children are reading classic literature!  A perfect marriage!

Here are some other bonuses; I have transfered files from my computer to my Nook Color in the past, of free versions classic stories. However, they are very difficult to navigate through. When we were reading these files all we could do was scroll. So if the book of 300 pages, this is not fun! However, with Yesterday's Classics E-Pub files, there is a table of contents that is clickable. You can simply click to the chapter of your choice. This is a huge plus! Also their quality is very poor and sometimes very difficult to read.

There is also no Digital Rights Management, meaning that you have the ability to download the books to as many devices as you own!

Dozen's of Yesterday's Classic's titles have been adopted by popular curriculum publishers, such as:  Ambelside Online, Heart of Dakota, Living Books Curriculum and Tapestry of Grace!

Another bonus, that really helps to put the icing on the cake, is that fact, that having 225 books to carry with you on an e-reader, makes schooling on the go a breeze! We are a busy homeschooling family, who often spends time away from home. On a recent trip to the Auto Club, my daughter and I brought the Nook, loaded with our Yesterday's Classics bundle and did our reading while we waited!

Visit Yesterday's  Classics to pick up your book bundle for $99.95 through May 31, 2011.

And don't forget to visit the crew blog to see what my crew mates have to say about Yesterday's  Classics.

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