Random House Children's Books has released four colour picture e-books, marking the start of its e-book publishing programme for picture books. Digital editions will from now on be released alongside the physical books.
Four titles have been published as fixed page format books for the iBookstore, and in standard EPUB format where the text reflows for the Kindle, Sony Reader and mobile devices. The first titles are: Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen, The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer, Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice by Christopher Wormell and Peely Wally by Kali Stileman. The e-books were produced in-house.
On the iBookstore, where Random controls the price, Good Little Wolf, The Boy Who Cried Ninja and Peely Wally will be priced £3.99, with Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice priced £7.99 as it is only currently also available in hardback. For other e-retailers, not on agency, the list price for Good Little Wolf , The Boy . . . and Peely Wally will be £5.99, with Scruffy Bear priced £10.99.
Publisher, colour and licensing, Fiona Macmillan said: "I am thrilled to have reached this exciting stage in our e-book publishing programme, and to be able to present these original books in this innovative new platform which will attract an even wider audience of children and their parents. Children will now be able to build these four stories into their own digital libraries, and enjoy them wherever they are, at home or on the go, on iPads, mobiles or Readers."
RHCB is also developing its first picture book apps, based on Princess Poppy by Janey Louise Jones, and the Little Red Train series by Benedict Blathwayt, which will be released in the autumn.