Disney must be happy about Apple. According to TUAW, Disney has delivered over 1 million e-book apps on Apple’s iOS platform (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). That’s a lot of copies of Toy Story Read-Along and Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics.
Sesame Street’s classic kids’ book, The Monster at the End of This Book, has been released as an iPad app. For a mere $.99, you can join Grover as he tries to prevent you, the reader, from turning page after page and nearing the book’s conclusion, where a monster is rumored to lurk. This iPad release is part of a celebration of the book’s 40th anniversary in 2011. It’s Sesame Street’s best-selling trade book.
If you’ve ever been or had a kid, you already know and love this excellently self-conscious book with adorable drawings. The iPad version adds sound effects and Grover’s cute little voice.
Sesame Workshop teamed up with Callaway Digital Arts to create this iPad app.
You probably saw the video below sometime in the last couple of days: it’s the one with the cute 3-year-old seated on the floor amongst freshly unwrapped Christmas booty–a Nintendo Wii towers beside him–as he ravenously unwraps yet another package only to find beneath the paper, much to his dismay, books! Watch as he throws aside one book after another in the hopes of finding–what? A Nintendo DS or iPad cleverly hidden between the terrible tomes? Of course, he’s adorable, and incredibly articulate for a 3-year-old. And once he gets his little performance going–he stands up and delivers his lines (“I don’t get books for Cwistsmas!…I hate it!”) with all the panache of a seasoned stand-up.
So here’s today’s question: is this video a nightmare in which short-attention-span culture has triumphed over education? Have these parents does some horrible mis-educating of their poor son, somehow training him to believe that books and fun live far apart, on opposite islands, separated by an ocean of work? Or is this totally harmless and just a really cute (and articulate, mind you) kid showing us just how fun YouTube can be? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Oceanhouse media, the developer responsible for the Dr. Seuss iOS e-book apps, has a new partner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Today, Oceanhouse brings two of HMH’s Tacky the Penguin books to iPhone and iPad. The two titles are Tacky the Penguin and Tacky’s Christmas by Helen Lester, both of which cost $2.99. Both books feature Tacky, an unusual penguin whose way of life is repeatedly threatened by penguin hunters.
Oceanhouse Media’s platform, which features simple but meaningful enhancements, seems to appeal strongly to children’s publishers who want to preserve the basic book reading experience while also taking advantage of what iOS has to offer.