New features of the entire product line -
The Story of the World Vol. 3 Revised Edition
For the Text:
48 new illustrations (of higher quality than the illustrations in the Original!)
Easier to read, prettier typesetting
Pronunciation guide included
Revised text (this only affects about 1 percent of the text: fixing typos, etc)
Timeline with associated chapters
For the Audiobook:
Recorded by beloved story-teller Jim Weiss, the reader of the Original edition
Updated and corrected to match the Revised text
For the Activity Book:
45 new coloring pages
Brand new, beautiful boards for board games
Improved art and easier-to-read directions for craft templates (including new paper dolls)
Updated book lists that combine the best selections from the Original edition with the best of the books published in the past 10 years about the related topics
New review cards for every chapter
Better typesetting, easier to read and navigat
Parent answer key for the map work
For the Test and Answer Key:
The Test and Answer Key did not need to be updated, so we didn’t update them.
If you already have The Test and Answer Key, you need not buy a new copy.
We changed the front cover to match the other Revised Edition colors because we like things to be matchy-matchy.
Is there an upgrade path to transition from the Original edition to the Revised Edition? No “upgrade path” is required. We have carefully revised the content in such a way that the Revised Edition can be used in conjunction with the Original edition and vice versa.
Can I use my Original edition text/Activity Book with the Revised Edition text/Activity Book? What about the Student Pages? (These responses apply to the Test and Answer Key.)
Yes, you can use Revised Edition Activity Book with the text of the Original edition.
Yes, you can use the Original Activity Book with the Revised text.
We changed the wording of the text in two places, so a couple of review questions will have a different answer.
- Yes, you can use the Revised Student Pages with the Original Activity Book. Most of the activities didn't change. Please note:
- Many of the Coloring Pages (which are part of the Student Pages) have different content than the Original edition. For instance, in Chapter 9, the Original Activity Book says that the student will be coloring King Gustavus of Sweden but in the Revised Student Pages, the student will color Swedish infantrymen from King Gustavus' army. There are other similar discrepancies.
- The page numbering is different. Directions in the Original Activity Book will say, “For this activity, tear out Student Page 32,” but in the Revised Student Pages, the content will be on page 35. The numbering isn’t off by much--you can find the assignment--but it's something to be aware of.
Can I listen to the new audio with the old book/ vice versa? 99% yes, there are just a couple of corrections in the new audio/book and those will be listed on our Corrections page prior to shipping. When you go to the Corrections page, click on the History and Geography tab at the bottom of the page, and then scroll down until you see a dark green bar--that’s where The Story of the World, Volume 3 corrections begin.
When will the Revised Edition come out? The Story of the World, Volume 3, Revised Edition will be available for purchase through Amazon and other major outlets on February 25, 2020. They became available from our website on February 6, 2020. The PDF versions will be available only through our website. If you would like to be notified of the earliest purchase opportunity (which will be from our website) you can sign up here to receive our newsletter.
How will I know which version I’m buying? The front cover will say “Revised Edition,” and the cover illustration will be a Native American woman looking away from you. The Original edition has an illustration of a Native American man.
If I bought the Original edition (PDF or printed), can I get a complementary copy of the Revised Edition? Unfortunately, we cannot make that offer. But we have minimized any major changes to the text so you can use a combination of Revised Edition books and Original edition books seamlessly.
Can I buy the Original edition at a discount? When we release the Revised Edition titles, we will offer the remaining stock of the Original edition at a discount. We will not reprint the Original edition titles. Once we’re out, we’re out.
Will the prices go up? The prices did not go up for the first printing. If they do go up, we will update the information in this article and on our website.
Once you ship the Revised Edition, can I still order the PDF of the Original edition? No. The differences are so small that a classroom using both the Original and the Revised Editions will easily be able to follow along with the reading.
Will you offer the Revised Edition in the same formats?
Yes. If we have offered a .pdf or .mp3 or paper format for the Original edition, we will do so for the Revised Edition, and the same with all the other formats.
The .mobi and .ePub formats will be available from Amazon (.mobi for Kindle) and iTunes and Google Play, who sell the .ePub formats. These two formats will not be sold from our web store.
All the other formats will be available from our webstore, and the .pdf and .mp3 files will be available only from our web store.
The audiobook for The Story of the World, Volume 3 is taking a long time to download. What do I do? The revised edition audiobook for The Story of the World, Volume 3 is nearly a GB, which can take a few minutes to download. If your internet speed is much slower than average, and the audiobook isn't downloading for you, email us at email@example.com and we'll send you a version that is split into 4 smaller pieces for simpler downloading.
Questions about the Activity Book
Which editions of the Usborne and Kingfisher History Encyclopedias do you provide cross references for? We updated the page references to reflect the most recent editions of these books, though in 90% of cases, the page numbers didn’t change (in other words, you should be fine no matter which edition of these encyclopedias you use!)
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia: 3rd revised edition
Usborne Internet-linked Encyclopedia of World History: 2009 edition (has a knight in armor on the front cover, holding a sword, with flames behind him)
Usborne Book of World History: 2008 edition
Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World: 1993 (it hasn’t changed)
Is there an alphabetical version of the booklist? No, not right now. But if we hear from enough people we might create this offering. In the Revised Edition, the book lists will be listed in chronological order in each chapter.
Is there a place where I can get the whole booklist? No, not right now. But if we hear from enough people we might create this offering. If this is something you would like us to consider, tell us how you would use it--would you want it in alphabetical order? chapter order? Is this something you would want to carry with you? Would you want it in a format you can modify or is a printed list adequate? The more we know about what you want, the better we can serve you. You can send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about the Test and Answer Key
I have the new Test and Answer Key but an old Text and Activity Book (or vice versa old/new). What do I do? You can use the old/new with the new/old editions. The content is completely compatible between them. The only change for the Test and Answer Key is the cover.
Is there a video that describes the updates? Why, yes there is. Thank you for asking. https://youtu.be/jCGG1JiNNyk