Thursday, March 11, 2010

Homeschool Library Builder - A Review

Product: Homeschool Library Builder

Price: FREE (Can't beat that!)

Owners: Julie Huffman & Gayla Weatherfords

Where to shop: HSLibrary

Motto: "Fill you bookshelves without emptying your wallet" - I love this motto.

Brief Overview:
Two homeschool moms run this online "book store" specializing in used, out-of-print, and publishers' remainders and overstocks.

In-Depth Look:

I hadn't heard of this company before. Then I was introduced to them through the TOS Crew. Homeschool Library Builder asked us to check out their website and help spread the word. It is free to become a member, which gives some extra benefits. Or you can choose to shop as a guest.

As a member you can earn Book Points. 1 point for every dollar spent. 15 points equal $1. You can also partipate in a Share the Savings program, where you earn points by telling your friends about the site.

The site has a large selection of books. 1865 as of today. My guess is if I were searching for a list of specific titles, odds are I wouldn't find many of them. For example, if you want to purchase a Magic Tree House book, you would only find four of them available. But if I were just searching for a particular subject, I might have a few choices pop up. For example, when I typed in a search for Abraham Lincoln 26 books were found. There is a good chance that at least one of the 26 would be a good find.

I like the search feature and the way the books are divided into categories. Sure I could always search for a title. But maybe I don't know a title. I just have an idea of what sort of thing I am looking for. Search topics include, to name a few:
Award Winners
We love our missionaries
Curriculum/Teacher Helps

I like the biographies category, because I enjoy reading true stories of famous Americans. Another winner for me is holiday/seasons. One of my favorite things to do around a holiday is to read books related to the holiday. We went to the library yesterday and checked out some books for St. Patrick's Day.

You can find books for as low as $0.75 in the clearance section.

Another neat feature is to search by curriculum to find some of the books on your curriculum's reading list.
Beautiful Feet
Five in a Row
Heart of Dakota
Tapestry of Grace
Veritas Press

In the Hard-to-Find category, I found a few books signed by the author. I think this is a nice touch, having a signed copy.

The site gives good information about the books. The retail price, the site's price, the percent of savings, book condition, grade level and a brief description.

The wish list is a nice feature. Great for Christmas and birthday gift ideas to send to the Grandparents.

I bookmarked this site as a Favorite and plan to visit it when I am book-hunting.

Happy Reading!

To read other crew members' reviews, click here.

Disclaimer: I was asked to review this free website, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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