Growing up, we devoted a bookcase in the basement to the 51-volume series of faux leatherette masterpieces collectively known as the Harvard Classics. I remember how the bookshelf would sag under the weight of all those words. I still remember them, The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr., Homer’s The Odyssey, Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle and so many more. I’d like to tell you that I read them all, but looking back through the list of volumes, I’m pretty sure I skipped a few.
And now, I’ve learned that the 51-volume series is available for free download. I am seriously considering getting the entire series. Only I find myself wondering whether my tablet will sag in the middle, from the weight of the virtual faux leatherette eBooks.