Enjoy the Classics in a Modern Format

First Avenue Classics

By Kate Schefer, Digital Products Coordinator

Every Spring we release a handful of classic works in the public domain. These range from novels, to essays, poems, short stories, and plays for use in any kind of classroom. But since they’re in the public domain, anyone can publish them. What makes our First Avenue Classics versions so unique? Read on to find out.

Curated collections

We’ve organized our classics at different grade levels, and turned them into collections you can purchase all together, making it the ideal one-stop shop for entire schools. We also offer a Shakespeare collection, and each season is purchasable at once, for those who want to maintain an existing FAC library.

MARC record links

Students access purchased titles directly from your library catalog. Seamlessly integrate our titles with everything else in your digital library, so students can switch between books for different classes, increase browsability, and maintain consistency across platforms. MARC record links are free with orders of $350 or more.

Customized QR code labels

Students simply scan QR codes with their mobile device and instantly access your library’s multi-user eBooks—no password needed. Remove barriers to reading, and make it fun and engaging for all readers. QR codes are also free with orders of $350 or more.

Easy download-to-device capability

With the click of a button, users can download a titles to their mobile devices for offline reading. Perfect for middle- and high-school readers who are working through a short story collection or novel as a class and want to access it outside of school.

Multi-user ebook format

Why waste hundreds of dollars a year replacing worn and ripped paperbacks of the classics when you can buy them once (for the low price of $14.99) and have access to them for life? Our multi-user access allows an entire class or book club to read the same book at once, on their own devices and their own time, and for years to come.

Unabridged texts with original illustrations (when available)

Students get the most out of the classics when they have access to every part of it. Footnotes, diagrams, prologues, and author’s notes are all kept in their original context so you can bring the entire text to life. This is as helpful for younger students following along with a poem or fairy tale, as it is for high school students interpreting our founding documents.

New titles each year

We make an effort to release a curated list of new titles each Spring season, ranging in grade levels, content, and theme. Our most recent titles include: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Other Works; Edmond Rostand’s satirical play Cyrano de Bergerac; and our hometown favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story collection Tales from the Jazz Age featuring oft-taught stories like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.” Featuring the clean and approachable layout that FAC readers have come to expect and enjoy, these new titles continue to fill out our roster, and are sure to be a hit with teachers and students alike.


Scan the QR code above with your mobile device or click here to view a First Avenue Classics eBook now.

You can download our flyer to view the complete list of First Avenue Classics offerings, or view the whole collection here.

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