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RH Children’s to Publish Seuss Classics as E-books

Long-time Dr. Seuss publisher Random House will begin selling the children’s classics in e-book format. Starting Sept. 24, the e-books will be available for $8.99 and $10.99, with the launch of 15 books including, “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

Continuing through November, 41 e-books will be released in total. “Read and Listen” editions are available as well, which have “new audio recordings of the texts.”

Because so many toddlers and children are using iPads and similar devices, 52 percent of youngsters under 8, according to Digital Journal [http://digitaljournal.com/article/313466], I wonder how this will further impact the use of technology by the younger generations, as they are seemingly steered away from hard print. And if they have the Read and Listen edition, they can engage with the text themselves, rather than have the story read to them, which may further “zoning out,” or being entranced with the device as they are using it. However, some professionals sum this up to the child concentrating.

Many believe iPads can be used as an educational tool, and having Dr. Seuss books readily available on the devices can help kids learn to read,
[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304363104577391813961853988.html].

It will be interesting to see how reading Dr. Seuss, and similar classics, on an e-book will defer from reading the books in physical print.

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