Though digital sales of books have skyrocketed in recent years, they haven’t in terms of children’s books. But Random House is hoping to change that now by releasing Dr. Seuss books in e-book format.
According to The New York Times, the first Dr. Seuss books to go digital last month were The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!, and The Lorax. Though there are some who believe the children’s books won’t be as effective with its illustration in e-book format, others argue that as long as the books are exactly replicated, it will be fine.
Not to mention, with digital publishing, more effects can be added. Random House Children’s Publishing is even thinking about enhancing the books — possibly with sound? Publishers believe this could be a good component for schools as well, as Julie Bosman explains.
Barbara Marcus, the president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books, said she did not envision digital sales of picture books overtaking print, but that the releases would provide an additional option for parents who want the convenience of e-books.
“We see it as a companion to print,” Ms. Marcus said. “We are facing, in a happy way, a transitional moment in picture books. I believe the school market is becoming more interested in digital, and we want to be there.”