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Yesterday’s Classics – Review

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be—
I had a mother who read to me.
—Strickland Gillilan

Yesterday’s Classics publishes classic literature for children: classic books from 1880-1920.  I received the Yesterday’s Classics E-book Package in exchange for an honest review 🙂

PhotobucketWow!  225 great books for homeschooling and for your children’s enjoyment that can be downloaded to your Kindle, iPad, iPod touch, or other reader, or simply read on your computer, or even printed out.  These books include titles that are used in the Ambleside Online, Heart of Dakota, Living Books, Pageant of History, and Tapestry of Grace curricula, and more.  We have been reading Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Our Empire Story, andPhotobucket Our Island Story,  as part of the recommended reading in our main homeschool curriculum, and it is so nice to be able to sit on the couch together and read from my iPod touch instead of reading the free versions on the computer (that are not downloadable).  Also unlike the free versions, these books each have a Table of Contents, which is SO useful – I always find it hard to find specific chapters on free online versions, especially when there are no chapter numbers on the freebies and your curriculum lists the weekly reading by chapter number!  And when you’re reading on a reader, it actually saves where you are in the book so you don’t have to remember.

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The download link allows you to download your books in several chunks.  This takes a little bit of time, understandably for 225 books! Once I transferred them to my ipod Touch, they were available in iBooks and I am able to view them by Title, Author, and Category.  With the download, you are also provided with pdf files containing full instructions for downloading your files onto your e-reader, a handy guide for choosing e-readers if you haven’t already, and lists of all the books arranged by genre, by level, by Photobucketauthor, and by title.  Your purchase is absolutely risk-free!  We will be using these e-books throughout our homeschooling years!

Yesterday’s Classics also offers paperback versions of all these books (shipped within the US only), which cost $7.95 to $19.95 each.  If you bought all 225 of these, not only would they fill a large floor-to-ceiling bookcase in your home, but they would cost a whopping $2495.75!  You can also buy these titles to download individually, but if you download these files individually for your computer or e-reader, the cost would total $648.80.  From now until May 31st, this Yesterday’s Classics Package (in Kindle or EPUB format) is available for just $99.95 US.  Click below for more details and to purchase…

To see how others in the TOS Crew liked their Yesterday’s Classics collection, click below:

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Collectorz.com Book Collector – Review

We, like many homeschoolers, have hundreds (thousands?) of books because we LOVE books.  We recently bought two more bookcases to shelve them in.  As I set up my new bookshelves, I really wanted to begin sorting our books, but I wasn’t sure how to get started and go about it.  And then I received the Book Collector Pro software as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew in exchange for an honest review 🙂

You can enter each book by ISBN number OR by author and title.  I wanted to sort my books according to the Dewey decimal system, especially as we are learning about it in our homeschool this year.  After downloading the software, all I had to do was click on “add books automatically” and type in the ISBN # on the cover of each book.  The Collectorz program does a search and up pops a picture of the book cover along with all its details.  If you wish, you may purchase a scanner in order to scan in the barcode instead of typing in the ISBN, which could really speed up the process.  Clicking “add checked” then adds the book to your collection.  You can view your entire collection as a list or by thumbnail pictures of the book covers.  You can even make up multiple collections, one for each family member, or perhaps each room in your house.

Among the details you can enter about each book is the purchase price.  This makes the Book Collector a great tool in the case of any insurance claims on your book collection.  And one of my favourite features of this program is the “Loan” tab.  I’ve lost multiple books in the past because I forgot who borrowed them – now I can click on the Loan tab, choose the book, how long I want to loan it out and to whom – hooray!

Something I didn’t get to try out yet is the iPod/iPhone companion app for the Book Collector, called CLZ Books (available for Android and iPad soon).  Imagine being in a bookstore and able to take a moment right there and check if you actually do already own the book in your hand that you’re considering, LOL.  I’m planning on purchasing the app at the Apple app store for $9.99 US in future.  Also available from Collectorz is Book Collector Connect.  This can be used as an add-on for Book Collector to share your collection with friends and family, and on computers or mobile devices wherever or you go, OR it can be used as a stand-alone online book organizing tool.  The cost is $24.95 at Collectorz.com.

Collectorz.com also offers database software for the Music, Movie, Comic, Game, MP3,  and Photo Collector!  Each Collector database is available for a free 30-day trial.  The Collector Standard edition is $24.95 US and the Collector Pro, that I used, is $49.95.  Scanners are available for as low as $19.95.

To find out what other TOS Homeschool Crew members thought about Collectorz, click HERE.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,