Wednesday, May 4, 2011

TOS Review: Yesterday's Classics


Yesterday's Classics is a collection of 225 books that you download onto your computer in either a Kindle format or EPUB format.  You can then download the books on your Kindle, Nook, IPad or other e-reader devise or simply read the books from your computer. 

I downloaded the Yesterday's Classics books for the Kindle as I have a Kindle.  Downloading and putting the books on the Kindle was pretty easy.  I simply followed the instructions given.  As there are over 200 books in the Yesterday's Classics files, there were 9 separate zip files to download.  All in all, I would say it took me about 20-30 minutes to get all the books downloaded on my computer and then put on my Kindle with my high speed internet.  It would take longer with slower internet connections.

Yesterday's Classics are books that were originally published between 1880 and 1920.  Many of these books are difficult to find and have been out of print for a long time.

A lot of the books in the Yesterday's Classics collection are books recommended by the following curriculum's:
  • Ambleside Online
  • Heart of Dakota
  • Living Books Curriculum and 
  • Tapestry of Grace
There is a wide variety of books in this collection.  You will get books for History (World, Ancient, U.S.), Nature, Christmas, Faith, Fables, Language Arts and more.


I will be honest and say that we didn't read as many books as I had hoped but with 225 books I had a hard time deciding which books to pick to read.  Also, although we didn't fully read as many books as I had hoped, I had skimmed through a lot of them.  We did read enough for me to say that I very much like this collection! Personally, some of the books I loved best were the ones with short stories in them that would compliment any history curriculum--books such as Ten Boys Who Lived on the Road from Long Ago to Now and Fifty Famous People and the Fables.

The download also comes with two PDF files that are great for referencing when you are looking for specific books.  The books are categorized by genre and include the age recommendations.  There are books for everyone from kindergarten to high school.

Precise Prince asks to borrow my Kindle when he is bored sometimes and he loves that I have these books on it now-he likes the selection and has read a couple of the books.

One of the first things I thought when I first downloaded these books is how awesome it will be on our next big trip.  When we go on vacation, I always have to limit the number of books I can bring for reading to the kids.  With this collection, we have a huge variety of books in such a small space-my kindle-we can read for days!  This would have been awesome to have when we went to Europe a couple of years ago.

Scroll down a bit on this page and you can download the book The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins for free to try as a sample.

The price for the Yesterday's Classics collection downloaded in either Kindle or EPUB format is currently $99.95 until at least May 31st.  (The regular price for this collection is $149.95.) Go here for more information, including a full list of the books that come with the download.  You may purchase the actual books (usually in paperback form) from their website as well. 

Go here to see what my fellow crewmates had to say about Yesterday's Classics.

(I received the Kindle download of Yesterday's Classics in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.)

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