Overdrive has just unveiled their new Dr. Seuss e-Book collection that is available to Canadian and US libraries. The big selling point is that these titles are available in EPUB3, but none of the content has interactive elements. If you are expecting multimedia enhancements, prepare to be let down, these e-Books all just have fixed layouts.
Dr. Seuss titles, published by Random House Children’s Books, include some of the most beloved children’s titles of all time. Titles include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Oh the Places You’ll Go! and many more. See the complete list and sample an excerpt here.
“No children’s collection is complete without Dr. Seuss, and now public and school libraries can have these popular titles as eBooks,” said Karen Estrovich, director of collection development at OverDrive. “We’re excited to make these available in EPUB3 fixed-layout, as the author intended, to preserve the original flow and experience that we all are familiar with.”
Dr. Seuss titles are available on a one-copy per-user basis in OverDrive Read, OverDrive’s browser-based reader. Once the title is checked out in OverDrive Read, there is no app to install and the title becomes instantly available in the browser without downloading.
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