Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries: Excellent New Free eBook for the iPad


I’ve written many times here about the great free apps that NASA have created for the iPad, one of the most recent being NASA’s Space Place Prime. Over the last couple days I’ve been enjoying their latest bit of stellar free content for the iPad – the Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries eBook on the iBookstore.

As with every NASA iPad app I’ve seen, this eBook is wonderfully well done. It’s full of stunning images and videos and of course a wealth of information on the Hubble Space Telescope and about the vast universe we’re a part of. The Introduction section has a series of short videos with scientists who have used the Hubble Space Telescope talking about their favorite discoveries. It also offers lots of interactive elements to keep younger readers even more enthralled.

Here’s a little more on the app via its App Store intro:

Soar through the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, exploring discoveries from dark energy to colliding galaxies. This highly interactive eBook features video, image galleries and more to reveal the record of scientific breakthroughs behind Hubble’s stunning images of the cosmos.
For more than two decades, Hubble has had a front-row seat for cosmic events: comets plunging into Jupiter, the explosive death of stars, the birth of new solar systems, and more. In the process, it has changed the face of astronomy. Learn about Hubble’s revelations and take a tour of the history and technology of the telescope.

I’m finding the book a fascinating read, and great fun to browse through – and I’m sure my daughter is going to love it too. It’s a great looking educational title for all ages.

Here’s an iBookstore link for Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries; it’s a free eBook.

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Cool Things: Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collections for the iPad

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collections for iPad

Dr. Seuss has been on the loose on the iPad just about ever since the original iPad launched, courtesy of the excellent publishers at Oceanhouse Media. Over the last couple of months they’ve released a pair of apps that offer collections of five Seuss titles for young readers –Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 and Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2.  

Each contains five Seuss titles all in one omBook (Oceanhouse’s term for their interactive iOS titles). The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 contains The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The FOOT Book, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, and Fox In Socks.

The latest release, Collection #2, includes the classic Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, and Hop on Pop.

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iPad Books for Kids: Ann Can’t Sleep

Ann Cant Sleep for iPad

Ann Can’t Sleep is an animated iPad eBook app for children. Its story is all about companionship, friends, and a little girl who just can’t sleep – and her efforts to find the right toy to help her get off to sleep.

The app is published by Light Sleepers, who describe themselves as ‘a small independent crew of multimedia artists,passionate about creating high-quality entertainment for children
that is beautiful, innocent and sweet
’. I did a review of the superb Koto Go Silence title from Light Sleepers a couple months ago. It’s a fantastic animated iPad book and my daughter and I both love it. So we had high hopes for Ann Can’t Sleep.

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Review: Koto Go Silence Animated Storybook for iPad

Koto Go Silence for iPad

Koto Go Silence is an animated storybook for kids for the iPad. It tells the story of Koto, a brave and steadfast defender of his house against everything that goes bump in the night.

I’ve got an 8 year old daughter (Zoe) who loves stories and reading, which makes her parents very happy. So she and I are always on the lookout for good iPad books to enjoy. Yesterday evening we took a look at Koto Go Silence. And we both loved it. Hit the break for more screenshots and to hear the reasons we love this iPad storybook …

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Disney iPad eBooks on Sale for Labor Day Weekend


Disney Publishing is joining in on the Labor Day and back to school iPad app sales fun. They’ve got several of their popular iPad eBook titles for kids on sale for as low as $1.99 this weekend.

The sale has already started and includes titles like The Princess an the Frog, Toy Story 3 Read-along, and the Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe – all at $1.99.

You can see all the details / titles on sale at Disney’s page for the sale here: The sale will run until 11:59PM PST on this Monday September 5.

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Disney Releases Cars 2 Storybook App for iPad

Just a day before the new Cars 2 movie release, Disney has released the Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe eBook app for the iPad. Here’s a little slice of its App Store intro: Experience the action-packed story of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 in this supercharged children’s book app filled with vibrant art, professional narration, exciting music and […]

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Review: Olivia Acts Out for iPad

Olivia Acts Out is a new iPad eBook featuring the popular Nickelodeon show’s piggy star. Olivia has been a favorite show for my daughter (Zoe) for a long while, so she was happy to take a look at the app with me and help write this review. Here’s a little bit of the App Store […]

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