Random House to Offer Dr. Seuss as Ebooks

In Children's by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams

cat in the hat coverRandom House Children’s Books has announced that it will now publish the works of one of the most beloved and bestselling children’s authors of all time, Dr. Seuss, as ebooks beginning on September 24th and continuing through November. Tough this is the first time they have been available in this format, Oceanhouse Media has made many of Seuss’ works available as low-priced apps for sometime.

With more than 600 million books Dr. Seuss books in print worldwide, this is, obviously, a major event. On Tuesday, September 24, fifteen of Seuss’s classics will be making their debut as eBooks: The Cat in the Hat; Green Eggs and Ham; Oh, the Places You’ll Go!; Horton Hears a Who!; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish; Dr. Seuss’s ABC; Fox in Socks; Hop on Pop, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; The Cat in the Hat Comes Back; The Foot Book; There’s a Wocket in My Pocket; The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins; and The Lorax.

Each of the ebooks will retain Dr. Seuss’s original layouts as well as the classic illustrations from their print editions. They will also be published simultaneously as Read & Listen editions that feature brand-new audio recordings of the complete text.

green eggs and ham cover“Random House Children’s Book and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have been publishing partners for decades. I am so pleased to announce the start of an exciting new chapter in our long and thriving relationship, as we embark on expanding the Dr. Seuss reading experience together with eBooks,” Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books,” said in a release. “We are delighted that today’s parents, their children, and educators can now add Dr. Seuss’s classics to their digital bookshelves, joining the cherished hardcovers that we have all grown up with.”

The next batch of Dr. Seuss books to released as eBooks will be on Tuesday, October 22nd: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!; Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!; The Cat’s Quizzer; The Shape of Me and Other Stuff; Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book; Happy Birthday to You!; Horton Hatches the Egg; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories; The Sneetches and Other Stories; Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories; And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street; I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories; If I Ran the Circus; If I Ran the Zoo; On Beyond Zebra!; The King’s Stilts; and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.

Tuesday, November 5th will see the ebook release of the following: Oh Say Can You Say?; Bartholomew and the Oobleck; Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?; Hunches in Bunches; I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew; McElligot’s Pool; The Butter Battle Book; and You’re Only Old Once!

As Susan Brandt, President, Licensing and Marketing, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, said, “The introduction of eBook editions to the Dr. Seuss canon is an exciting milestone that we know will enhance Dr. Seuss’s legacy. When Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat more than fifty years ago, he revolutionized the way children learn to read. Today, we celebrate that his impact on reading will thrive for generations to come with these new eBooks.”

About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.