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The Amazing Value of the Kindle in Homeschooling

• EconomicPolicyJournal.com
 
have been meaning to comment about your post by an EPJ reader on Kindles. I think e-readers are amazing, but they are especially relevant to something I do with my family. I homeschool my two children and most of the books we read are from unabridged 18-20th century works found in the public domain (pre-1923). Two years ago I was printing and binding these books myself and bought some in used book/antique stores and on ebay. The storage of the printed books was awkward but I have enjoyed many of the used vintage and antique books on my shelves. The used books cost $3+ each (often $8+). There are more than 500 books in the K-12 list on our curriculum disks (http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/). When I learned I could download nearly all of the books for free onto an e-reader, I chose a Kindle. In the long run, it lowers our cost because printing and binding comes out to be much more expensive. Also, my local library system does not have all of the books we need. I am amazed how simplified and affordable our homeschool is because of an e-reader, a computer and the internet (actually, it was simple and affordable before, even better now). Though I can access many of the books for free through Amazon's Kindle store, the two sites I most often use are http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page and http://www.manybooks.net/. There is also a sister site of the Gutenberg Project, http://librivox.org/, that provides free audio book versions which can be used on the Kindle, computer, and iPod (or mp3 files). The Ludwig von Mises Institute (http://mises.org/) is a wonderful source for books on the reading list not found at the Gutenberg Project. I believe these public domain book sites are doing good work, and deserve major accolades for their accomplishments.

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