A love of reading is in my blood and it appears to have been passed down to the boys as well. Somehow with books more numerous than the few bookshelves we own can contain, there is never enough reading options in the house. And, to be honest, some of the modern tales are more fluff than substance.
Now there is a product that tackles both of those concerns for our family…. Yesterday’s Classics!
Yesterday’s Classics has been reprinting books from days gone by for a while so that readers could have them in paperback format. Now, they offer a package of 225 books in either Kindle or EPUB format for instant download. Once on your computer, you can upload the Kindle format books to a Kindle or the EPUB format to any eReader that recognizes that format (e.g. the Nook!) Instead of a bookcase full of books, you can take them all around on a device that has similar weight and size to some hardback books.
Now…I will caution that the entire library of files ran almost 500MB to download. So, if you have metered internet service like we do, that’s something to consider for timing your purchase and download. I downloaded ours towards the end of the month and then got very stringent with internet usage for the last few days.
Once downloaded, I just pulled them into Adobe Digital Editions and then could send them to the Nook we currently own. Relatively quick and easy to do so that the boys could now select from hundreds of reading options. Better yet, the actual books are ones that I do not have any concern with inappropriate material being hidden in the pages.
I know that the boys will not read every single title in this collection. Some are far below P and R’s reading level and hold little interest for them. But, there are plenty that they can all enjoy and some titles are ones I wanted to incorporate into history studies in the past. Some I found for ‘free’ on-line, but must admit that the formatting and inclusion of original illustrations in the Yesterday’s Classics version really sets the bar high for digital reading.
You can read all the details (and purchase if you’d like) on the Yesterday’s Classics website. At $99.95 for the complete set of ebooks (May 2011 ONLY), it comes to around 50 cents per book. After May, the price goes up to $149.95. Scroll down on their website page detailing the offer and you’ll see that these same titles are sold in paperback format for anywhere from $8 to $14 each. Brand new in paperback format, the entire collection would set you back over $2000.
Overall, I am so pleased with this product and plan to utilize the texts for many years to come. We can read them on the computer or take them with us on the Nook. Plus, I don’t need an entire new bookshelf in the house to hold all the books.
Disclaimer ~ We received the Yesterday’s Classics 225 ebook package as a TOS Crew member for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed here are our own. You can see what the other TOS Crewmates have to say about Yesterday’s Classics at the TOS Crew Blog.