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Dr. Seuss iPhone app

They say eBook, I say audiobook readalong to go – all for $3.99. Oceanhouse Media has three innovative Dr. Seuss hybrids that combine the classic illustrations with narration, highlighting the text in sync with the audio. Watch the video to see how it works!

Here’s more information from the  Oceanhouse Media website:

New features only available in this e-book include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene.  To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched.  By combining the original text and artwork of Dr. Seuss with features that entertain and promote reading, this e-book appeals to readers of all ages.
Two ways to read this e-book:
* “Read to Me” — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
* “Read it Myself” — read the book in its traditional form
Additional Features:
* Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
* Professional audio narration
* Custom background audio for each scene
* Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of Dr. Seuss

Plus, there’s a Dr. Seuss Camera app for fun cell phone picture customization:

Create zany and whimsical Cat in the Hat Cards, using your Camera or images from your Photo Library.
Take pictures with Cat in the Hat characters or choose to become the Cat in the Hat, the playful Things or even Sally or her brother. Personalize cards with comical and colorful stamps, borders and classic Seussian text. Cat in the Hat Cards can be e-mailed to friends & family or saved to the Photo Library.
Children and adults alike will enjoy creating whimsical Cat in the Hat Cards.
* 16 cards based on original artwork by Dr. Seuss
* Take a picture with your face in the cutout or alongside the characters
* Load images from your Photo Library
* Add crazy borders and stamps to your cards
* Move, rotate, scale and delete stamps to further customize your cards
* Save cards to your Photo Library or e-mail them to family & friends

So what does this mean for children’s picture book publishing & audiobook readalongs? Are we creating app-hungry toddlers who, when encountering an old-fashioned paper book, will try to tap the words for enhanced content? Will audiobook publishers replace that time-honored phrase “Listen for this sound to turn the page” with “Now swipe the screen for more content?” Will kids scorn characters that they cannot interact with in a virtual world? As a grandma with a Cat in the Hat- loving toddler, I must admit to a desire for trying out this out, but feel a somewhat Luddite-like relief that I can’t download onto my Android phone – this is an Apple iPhone app only (at least right now).   Interestingly enough, Oceanhouse Media’s original efforts are Psychic Oracle apps. Now that’s one way to predict the future of audiobook applications 😉

I would love to hear from those of you who’ve kid-tested any of these new-fangled hybrid cell-phone picture book+audio downloads (or those of you who shudder at the thought) in the comments below!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

6 Comments on "Dr. Seuss iPhone app"

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  1.' Teri Lesesne says:

    I just uploaded it to my iPod. Thanks for the link.

  2.' Rose says:

    Well, call me old-fashioned, but there’s nothing like a regular published book. I think that too many electronics at any age can’t be good for us. Reading and understanding without a bunch of electronic distractions should be highly valued and I think we’re drifting away from it.
    Keep it up with the books, grandma! When there’s a power outage, there is still entertainment in the daylight hours as long as there’s a book or newspaper at hand.

  3.' Toni Rhodes says:

    As a publisher of children’s stories for the iPhone and iPod Touch, of course I’m really excited about kids’ books for electronic readers. But I think there will always be a place for print children’s books as long as parents and children want to curl up together with a good book!

  4.' Karen says:

    Thanks so much for the mention of our apps Mary! I’d love to include you on my list to let you know what releases we have coming up. Please let me know if you are interested.
    Thanks again!

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