Eric Engleman on Tuesday, September 29, 2009,
A slew of big tech and media companies are entering the electronic book market in various ways, including Amazon, Google, Sony, Apple, and, most recently, Microsoft. Now you can add Disney to the mix. The entertainment giant has launched a digital books site offering over 500 interactive, multi-media e-books for children.
Disney is selling access to the new and classic books via subscription (there is some free material as well). The books feature the ability to click on words to get the pronunciation and definitions. They also come equipped with voices and sound effects, and a create-your-own story function.
Much of Disney's digital book selection is, perhaps predictably, tied to movies and TV shows, including The Little Mermaid, Wall-E, Hannah Montana, and High School Musical.