It’s not often we hear of updates to published books, even in app form. However, such an occasion has arisen as Oceanhouse Media has decided to enhance their Dr. Seuss omBooks, including previously released titles. Combined with the recent launch of the Dr. Seuss Bookshelf app, it’s obvious that Oceanhouse is putting extra effort into promoting Seuss’s works.

Starting with the following well-known and best-selling children’s books, Oceanhouse Media is including improved book navigation, the option of personalized narration, Retina display quality graphics, and more.

  • The Cat in the Hat: A cheerful and exotic cat brings chaos to the house of two young kids on a rainy day while their mother is out.
  • Green Eggs and Ham: Sam-I-Am is determined to share the tasty treat of green eggs and ham with his doubtful companion. Containing just 50 unique words, this title is a must-have for beginning readers.
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC: From Aunt Annie riding an Alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, Dr. Seuss teaches children the ABC’s through whimsical Seussian words and illustrations, guaranteed to entertain as much as it educates.

Similar to the Cars 2 Storybook, these three omBooks now contain an options toolbar to return to the main menu, select and manage narrations, jump to specific pages, and adjust other playback preferences.

Impressively implemented, the recording system allows for multiple narrators with per page management. Once setup, it’s easy to switch narrators, including back to the integrated professional recordings. In addition, personalized narrations can be shared as M4A files. The email makes it very simple for the recipient to import the narration into their copy of the omBook or listen to it using a supported audio player.

Of course, these omBooks also feature the standard “Read it Myself,” “Read to Me,” and “Auto Play” playback modes, plus words that are spoken and highlighted when tapped, noises and narrations when pictures are touched, as well as fun animations and sounds to help pages come alive. A wonderful combination of capabilities to complement the whimsical artwork of Theodor Seuss Geisel.

The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Dr. Seuss’s ABC are universal apps compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3, and available in the App Store for $3.99 each.