Starting the month off strong, Oceanhouse Media has introduced two new omBooks, Just Go to Bed and Trucks, as well as recently enhanced an the few years old holiday story, The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks.
A set of features added not long ago to a few Dr. Seuss omBooks, The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks app now contains a 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.
Up next, we have another Little Critter story for your digital bookcase. Bringing up another stubborn childhood behavior, Just Go to Bed takes on the challenge of kids delaying bedtime. It’s a story full of all of those memorable excuses used to extend playtime “just one more minute,” plus there’s a fun hidden object game at the end.
As for the third and final bit of omBook news, Oceanhouse has published another entry of the Byron Barton series. A straightforward learning experience, Byron briefly and entertainingly describes many examples of a common item, such as planes and boats. In Trucks, kids learn about dump trucks, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, and more.
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks and Just Go to Bed offer the standard “Read it Myself,” “Read to Me,” and “Auto Play” playback modes. All three omBooks provide professional narration and additional features to promote reading and create even more enjoyment. Those bonuses consist of words that are spoken and highlighted when tapped, noises and narrations when pictures are touched, plus fun animations and sounds to help pages come alive.
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later, and available in the App Store for $3.99.
Just Go to Bed is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.1 or later, and available in the App Store at the introductory price of $0.99.
Trucks is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.2 or later, and available in the App Store at the introductory price of $0.99.