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Dr. Seuss E-Books Now Available

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.”

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E.L. James’ Husband To Publish YA Novel

Could the next bestselling author be the husband of E.L. James, who wrote the international bestselling series Fifty Shades of Grey? Possibly.

According to Entertainment Weekly, James’ husband Niall Leonard is writing a “gritty” young adult fiction novel for Random House Children’s Publishing. The novel, called Crusher, is about a teenager accused of murdering his stepfather, something that Leonard says he’s been wanting to publish for quite some time.

[…] it finally all came together last November when my wife encouraged me to take part in the Nanowrimo novel-writing event.

The novel will be released by Doubleday in September.

I’ve got to wonder how easily Leonard will be able to ride the coattails of his wife’s success. Fifty Shades of Grey is popular because it took an underground, not-so-popular type of fiction and made it more accessible. A fantasy thriller for teens is something we’ve seen before. Also, since Leonard and his wife do not share the same last name, people generally won’t put two and two together; I don’t think her success will necessarily rub off on him. What do you guys think?

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