Dr. Seuss is going to be available in ebook format for the first time. Random House, Dr. Seuss’s publisher, announced earlier this week that it plans to release 41 of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s titles — including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax as ebooks this fall.
The first fifteen titles will be available September 24, with more to follow on October 22 (including How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and November 5.
It’s the first time that the books have been available as ebooks. They’ll be released for color tablets, including the iPad (s AAPL), Kindle Fire (s AMZN) and Nook HD (s BKS), the New York Times reports. The initial ebooks will be “faithful reproductions of the print books in terms of text, illustrations and layout,” and “read and listen” versions with audio narration will also be available. There are already apps for a bunch of Dr. Seuss books, made by Oceanhouse Media.
Geisel, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, was apparently prescient when it came to the ebook age. “He was a genius in many ways,” Random House Children’s Books president and publisher Barbara Marcus told the NYT, “and one of his geniuses was that he held these rights.”