How eBooks Work

Are you tempted by the idea of receiving your book or audio download order in just minutes?

Would you like to print multiple copies of reproducible worksheets right from your computer, rather than running down to the local copy shop every time you want extra copies of a worksheet?

Perhaps an ebook is what you need!

The ebooks I offer contain the same text as the original book (unless otherwise noted), and they are provided as PDF files. Books formatted as PDF files retain all the original formatting, no matter what type of computer you are using.

PDF files are Mac and PC compatible, and they offer some very special features, including:

  • You can zoom pages to a comfortable reading size without the type looking fuzzy.
  • You can print one page, or all the pages.
  • You can print a clean copy of a worksheet page if it somehow gets messed up.
  • You can search for words and phrases in the document, finding what you want much faster than with an index!
  • You can print pages double-sided or two to a sheet (select this option in the pop-up menu after you click on “Print” in the file menu) to save paper.
  • You can use thumbnails of the pages to find the section you want.
  • You can bookmark pages you want to return to.
  • For the Excellence in Literature study guides, the ebook allows your student to click linked context resources (on most computers), rather than typing URLs.

PDF files are read with Acrobat Reader, which is free software by Adobe. You most likely already have it on your computer — just look in your programs folder to be sure. If you don’t have it, or if you have an old version (before 5.0), you can download the very latest version free from the Adobe website — get Adobe Reader here. It’s a compact, useful program, and I recommend it highly.


If you are wondering whether it’s better to use print or ebook for literature study, here is an article to help you decide: Print or eBook for Literature Study?

What happens when you order an e-book or audio download from Everyday Education?



Add your ebook or print/ebook bundle to the cart as usual. When you pay for your order, be sure to create an account at checkout. This simply means that you create a username and provide your email address. All ebooks that you order will be available for download from your account, and you can download them onto your family’s computers.

Saving the file

Create a folder on your computer for ebooks, and save the file to this folder. The book file you receive is named according to my internal system, so I suggest changing the name of the file to the name of the book so you can easily find it. For example, if you purchase American Literature as a print/ebook bundle, go to “Save as” in your file menu to change the name of the ebook file to “eil-American-Literature.”

Reading and Printing

When your ebook download is complete, click on the file, and it will open. You’re ready to read (or listen)! You can use the toolbar at the top of the Adobe Reader screen to make the text larger or smaller, so that you can read comfortably on your screen. For the Excellence in Literature study guides, the links to context resources will be live and clickable on most computers (all we have been able to test).

If you want to print the book, you have a few decisions to make. You can choose to:

  • Print full-size, single side (more expensive)
  • Print full-size, double side (much more economical if your printer offers a duplexing feature)
  • Print 2 pages per sheet, resulting in half-size (5.5 x 8.5″) pages
  • Save it to a CD or flash drive and take it to a copy shop to be printed and spiral bound or three-hole punched

Once you’ve decided how you would like to print, just be sure you have enough paper in the printer, and go for it! You can place your printed book into a 3-ring binder, or have it spiral-bound at a copy shop. Short books can be stapled together, and you can use binder clips (available at office supply stores) along the spine for a book of almost any size.

For books I am reading, I used to print them half-size (5.5″ x 8.5″) and put them in a half-size binder. If I plan to annotate as I read, I prefer to print full size, double sided. Books with reproducible pages often work better printed full-size, single-sided. Those are just suggestions, though. You may do what works best for your family.

I hope you’ll enjoy your e-book or audio seminar! Feel free to e-mail me if you have any difficulties with the download process.

Please remember that all ebooks and audio-downloads are copyrighted, just like regular books and CDs. They may not be reproduced or distributed to friends or co-op members — they are for use only within your immediate family. Thank you so much for your integrity!

Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell writes and speaks about homeschooling, using lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason, classical learning, and the Thomas Jefferson method. Her books and resources, including Excellence in Literature, Transcripts Made Easy, and Get a Jump Start on College, reflect Janice’s focus on twaddle-free, active learning (she did have boys, after all!).