Topic | EBooks or not?

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  • I am a homeschooling mom of 5 under the age of 9. I am new to the CM method and have been reading lots about it this summer. I am ready to plan this fall, but I am kind of at a loss.

    I would love some of the books that are here at SCM – the Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education, Genesis Through Deuteronomy and Ancient Egypt and Spelling Wisdom, to name a few. I am from Canada, and I am wondering if I should just download the EBooks as opposed to getting the actual physical book. I generally like to have books in hand, so I am concerned that I may not use the EBook. Is there advantages one over the other?

    I have many other questions, such as, if I use Module 1 for history, geography and bible, should I start everyone together? Is my almost nine year old considered an older child, or does older child mean Grade 7 and up?

    TIA for any help!


    Rachel White
    Participant

    I personally prefer books in hand. I will ebook if that’s the only method available. Unless you have a very economical printer and you already said you like book in hand , I think the answer for you is clear.

    Rachel

    Hi, I have both ebooks and hard copies. I find that if I print the ebook right away it will get used – however if I file it on the computer then I forget I have it – so if cost is not an issue and printing the book out can be done at once then an ebook is fine. Otherwise a hard copy may be better. One thing I like about ebooks is the fact that if you damage a page or two, you can always copy it out again – something you cannot do with a book. Hope that helps. Good luck with the homeschooling – it is so worth it and the CM method is so much more than the textbook route. Lindy


    Sonya Shafer
    Keymaster

    Another consideration in the printed copy v. e-book copy decision is shipping costs to Canada. We’ve shipped a few orders up there, and the postage can definitely be a factor.

    You also asked:

    if I use Module 1 for history, geography and bible, should I start everyone together? Is my almost nine year old considered an older child, or does older child mean Grade 7 and up?

    The History Modules are designed to make it easy for the entire family to study the same time period. So whichever module/time period you want to start with, go ahead and put everyone in that module and use the books suggested for their different levels. You’re right, on the SCM Curriculum Guide, “older student” means grade 7 and higher.


    Doug Smith
    Keymaster

    Speaking of international postage, PayPal has a limitation that won’t let us put in proper shipping rates for outside of the USA. If you try to place an order shipped to a non-USA address, it will put in a ridiculous postage amount as a reminder that you’ll need to contact us. Just tell us what items you want along with your shipping address and we can let you know the cost with shipping so you can decide. We know it’s a bit inconvenient, but it’s the best option we have right now to give you reasonable shipping rates.


    Kelley
    Participant

    Has anyone looked into e-book readers? I have gotten so many great e-books, not to mentiont those that are not in print that you can find online only, that I have been thinking this might be worth the investment. They are expensive, but when I look at the cost of ink I wonder if it might be the way to go. I just do not enjoy trying to read from my computer and the e-book readers are the size of a book so I can still sit and cuddle with the kids while I read.

    Any thoughts?

    Kelley


    Doug Smith
    Keymaster

    A quick update: I just wanted to let everyone know that we now have proper shipping options set up for those of you outside the USA.


    Sonya Shafer
    Keymaster

    KelleyMomof5, here’s a thread that has some thoughts on e-book readers. I’m not sure whether Doug has test-driven any other ones since that post. Doug, any updates?


    Doug Smith
    Keymaster

    Now that the Amazon Kindle has been introduced it is considered the best reader available. It uses screen technology similar to the Sony reader I mentioned in the other thread so it is very paper-like in appearance. Like the Sony reader, it only uses battery power when you “turn” a page so the battery life is great. It has a larger screen than the Sony reader and feels more like a real book in your hand. It also has wireless features built in so it can be used without a computer.

    Software comes with the Kindle to convert documents into the special format it requires. It can convert formats such as Microsoft Word, PDF, plain text, and HTML from Web pages. Some PDF files with complex formatting may not convert perfectly, but most will probably be okay.

    This seems to be a particularly great device for those who subscribe to newspapers (or magazines) that are available from the Kindle store. An electronic subscription will cost less, not need to be disposed of, and the new content will appear automatically through the wireless feature each day, just like the morning paper.

    If you are interested in this kind of device, be sure to read the user review from Steve Gibson on Amazon’s Kindle Page. Steve is a tech guy who has been around and trusted for many years, which is reflected in the huge number of people who voted his review up to the top.


    Kelley
    Participant

    Thanks Doug!

    I am thinking about asking for Amazon gift certificates for my birthday and Christmas in hopes that I might be able to get one.

    Kelley

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