Would you like them on your Nooks? Would you like them on a Boox? Would you like them on an iPad? Would you like to be a fly dad (or mom)?
Because those are just a few of the options you'll have when Dr. Seuss's oeuvre is made available as e-books for the very first time via Random House, the publisher of Seuss's print editions.
Fifteen immortal Seussian texts will make their digital debut as early as September 24, with 26 more to come in October and November. The first batch includes gold-plated a-list titles like The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!, Fox in Socks, The Lorax, and One Fish Blue Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Eventually, come November, Random House will make its way to obscurer selections, like Bartholomew and the Oobleck and Hunches in Bunches. If you're familiar with those, pat yourself on the back—you are probably a children's librarian.
At any rate, the news is a significant step in ensuring that Theodor Geisel's imagination and legacy live on long after the technology he worked with becomes obsolete. As Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., says in a press release:
“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."
Of course, there are the
luddites parents who will grumble about the joy and color of Seuss's print editions being replaced by the artificial glow of a Kindle screen. Thankfully, Random House confirms that the forthcoming volumes will "preserve Dr. Seuss’s original layouts and the beloved illustrations from their print editions."
Still not satisfied with the e-books? Please, take some advice from Sam-I-Am:
You do not like them.
SO you say.
Try them! Try them!
And you may.
Try them and you may I say.