Me Books Children’s E-Reading Platform Adds Egmont to Growing Catalog

[Press Release]

Me Books, the digital book shop for children, adds Egmont to a growing list of publishing partners

— Titles set for Me Books publishing include: The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark, Aaaaaaah Spider, Where is Fred? & Harry and the Jaggedy Daggers
— 130 of the best loved children’s books on shelf now – new titles added each week
— Famous storytellers: Me Books narration and comedy gold from Richard E. Grant, Sir David Jason, Rik Mayall, Tamsin Greig, Adam Buxton, Josie Lawrence and more …
— Egmont now joins Penguin, Puffin, Ladybird, Bloomsbury, Andersen, Scholastic and Hachette Children’s Books already on board
— Innovative ‘draw and record’ technology
— US & Canada launch scheduled for May 2013

Get the app and join the Me Books Club!

Me Books, the award winning digital book shop for children, is proud to announce a new partnership with Egmont. With titles including ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’, ‘Aaaaaaah Spider’, ‘Where is Fred?’ & ‘Harry and the Jaggedy Daggers’ set for Me Books publication, Egmont now joins publishing giants Penguin, Puffin, Ladybird, Bloomsbury, Anderson, Scholastic, Hachette Children’s Books and Tate Publishing who already have contracts in place with Me Books.

Titles from Egmont will now sit alongside Peter Rabbit, Topsy & Tim, Peppa Pig and Charlie and Lola along with more than 130 of the best-loved children’s books currently available in the Me Books Shop.

James Huggins, MD of Me Books said: ‘Egmont publish some of the most popular and famous picture books ever published and I’m thrilled that they’re joining the Me Books family. The Egmont Me Books publishing programme is getting off to an amazing start with a launch collection that combines both classic and modern gems. We’re very proud and honoured indeed to count Egmont among our new partners.’

‘Storytelling is core to what we at Egmont do, and our relationship with Me Books takes storytelling to another dimension’, commented Gillian Laskier, Group Sales Director at Egmont. ‘We expect children and parents alike to get an extra thrill from our books with the Me Books app.’

About Me Books:

‘Me Books is rapidly becoming the ‘go-to’ app for families of little storytellers’

Bursting with classics

With more than 130 of the best loved children’s books currently on shelf and new titles being added each week, Me Books is bursting with classics from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and vintage Ladybird fairy tales to modern favourites Elmer, Topsy & Tim and Peppa Pig. Me Books are available for between £0.69 and £1.99 each in the Me Books Shop.

Read. Listen. Record. Save.

Simple, fun and interactive, Me Books enhance the reading experience through an original and clever use of audio. Using our super duper patented ‘draw and record’ technology children can personalise and interact with their Me Books. By tracing an area on the screen, then pressing and holding it down to record, readers can capture their own sounds and voices and save them as interactive ‘hotspots.’ Just in case there’s more than one natural performer in the family, it’s possible to save up to three versions of each Me Book to treasure forever

Famous storytellers

Genius narration and comedy gold from the likes of Richard E. Grant, Sir David Jason, Rik Mayall, Tamsin Greig, Adam Buxton and Josie Lawrence adds a boatload of charm and giggles to Me Books.

Exclusive content

We haven’t altered or added anything to the original print, only sprinkled on some ‘Me Books Magic.’ Me Books not only excites young readers; it has also inspired best-selling authors to revisit their work and write additional lines for characters. Prick up your ears and relish brand new material written and performed exclusively for Me Books.

Top publishing partners

Having already teamed up with publishing greats including Penguin, Puffin, Ladybird, Bloomsbury, Anderson, Scholastic, Hachette Children’s Books, Tate Publishing and Egmont, Me Books is a way for publishing companies big and small, as well as authors and illustrators, to reach a much wider audience than ever before.

The following Egmont titles are scheduled for Me Books release during 2013:

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark
Aaaaaaah Spider
Where is Fred?
Harry and the Jaggedy Daggers

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About Egmont UK
Egmont is the UK’s leading specialist children’s publisher for babies to teens, inspiring children to read through more than 30 million award-winning books, magazines, ebooks and apps each year. We’re proud to be home to many of the world’s favourite stories and best-loved authors, illustrators and characters such as Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), Andy Stanton (Mr Gum), Enid Blyton, Julia Donaldson, Lemony Snicket, Michael Grant (Gone series and BZRK), Winnie-the-Pooh, Tintin, Mr. Men, Thomas & Friends & Ben 10.

Egmont UK is part of the Egmont Group which was founded in 1878 and owned by the Egmont Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to supporting children and young people. It is Scandinavia’s leading media group and Europe’s largest children’s publisher telling stories through books, magazines, film, TV, music, games and mobile in 30 countries throughout the world. www.egmont.co.uk

For further information about Egmont, please contact Jo Hardacre on 0203 220 0495 or jhardacre@euk.egmont.com

Me Books: Facts

Me Books was launched October 2012: http://www.mebooks.co/
Available on iOS (Apple). Android & US launch May 2013
The Me Books Shop has consistently been in the top 10 iPad ‘Free’ book charts since launch, hot on the heels of iBooks, Kindle and Goodreads
The Me Books Shop is free to download and your first Me Book is free
New Me Books on shelf each Friday
New and exclusive content in every Me Book
Innovative development & use of patented ‘draw and record’ interactive audio technology allowing readers to record and save up to three versions of each Me Book
More than 90,000 downloads of the Me Books Shop to date (March 2013)
Average downloads of 1,000 per day
Me Books are priced between 69p and £1.99
Featured in the Top 10 iPad ‘Free’ book charts since launch, The Sunday Times 500 best apps in the World 2013
Currently signed with the following publishers: Penguin, Puffin, Ladybird, Bloomsbury, Anderson, Scholastic, Hachette Children’s Books, Tate Publishing and Egmont
Developed by Made in Me, the creative studio behind Sneak and the BAFTA nominated The Land of Me: http://www.madeinme.com

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