Today we’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve made fantastic iBook editions of some of our picture books, enhanced with read aloud audio, music, sound effects, and text highlighting.
Our launch list of 16 titles for iBooks includes the best-selling Pip and Posy books, by Axel Scheffler, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton, and The Princess and the Peas, by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton. Each picture book is available on the iBooks Store for £2.99 ($4.99).
While we’ve always made eBook editions of our fiction list, this is the first time we’ve produced digital editions of our picture books. We’ve spent quite a while developing these books, and they’re currently exclusive to iBooks. We’re incredibly proud of all of our picture books, and so this is something that we knew we had to get absolutely right. We wanted to find ways of truly taking advantage of a touchscreen to enhance the picture book experience, to encourage literacy, and to widen opportunities for reading. And we were committed not only to retaining the unique, appealing design of our books, but also adding read-along audio from our highly acclaimed Stories Aloud programme.
You can find each of the books on the iBooks Store with the links below:
We’re very proud of the results: we believe these books demonstrate the fantastic potential of the iBook platform for full-colour picture books… and with their innovative design and enhanced features, they truly are one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re going on holiday and don’t have space for a whole pile of picture books, or you’re running out of room on your bookshelves, or you’d like a digital book with enhancements like audio and highlighted text (without sacrificing any of the beautiful design of a print picture book), these books are for you (and at a very good price at that).
If you try one of these iBooks, please do let us know how you get on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
And here’s the full list of titles available today – with more to come soon!