Here's a roundup of all the latest this week in digital publishing.

Random House Launches TV Division

Random House is getting into television.  The U.S. division of Random House is joining hands with FremantleMedia (who gave us American Idol, The Bill and The X Factor) to create Random House Television.

Here's more: “Random House Television is a natural extension of the partnership we already enjoy with our writers and will help them flourish in an increasingly complex, exciting, and interdependent global entertainment business. I'm thrilled to have Jeff on board with us, and with the opportunity to work with FremantleMedia in the U.S. and internationally.”

There's also some news that publishing giant Macmillan is also planning to extend its film division into television.

Cat in the Hat App and e-Books Launch 

Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have launched a digital book publishing program based on the PBS Kids show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 

The program includes six e-books released on July 24, including frontlist and backlist titles; two of these feature read-along narration, and one interactive book includes songs and video clips from the TV show.

Parents would be glad to know that the app is faithful to the original story and would be a delight to read with its great use of language, funny graphics, and the Cat's hilarious over-the-top antics.

Prices range from US$3.99 for a Step Into Reading title to US$13.99 for the interactive edition of I Love the Nightlife!. Also released this week was the first-ever Dr. Seuss coloring app, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Color & Create (for iPad), with 16 pages to color, at an introductory price of  US$1.99.

30 Coolest Alternative Book Covers

Credit: Shortlist.com

Check out 30 absolutely ingenious designs for our favorite tomes. You'll get hyper-minimal designs, curious re-imaginings  and stylish illustrations from over 20 artists.

From Salinger's effortlessly cool cover of “Catcher in the Rye” to  “High Fidelity's”  old vinyl records filled with silhouettes of the protaganist's former girlfriends and the total apathy and bloodlust shown in “American Psycho”, these alternative book covers are worth looking at.

A 1994 Video Introducing the Idea of e-Readers

Knight-Ridder, an American media company, specializing in newspaper and Internet publishing, produced a video in 1994 demonstrating their faith in the tablet newspaper of the future.

Below is the video in its entirety.

“We may still use computers to create information but we'll use the tablet to interact with information.”

Superhero Typographic Interface

If you put together superheroes and fonts, you might see them differently.

Credit: Matthew Olin

Designer Matthew Olin creates superhero portraits constructed from characters from different typographic classifications. He says this about his project:

“…we can draw analogies between the elements of design and those of superheroes in an attempt to create clarity, educate and inspire. These elements, primarily the use of symbol, color and typography, have the power to communicate with an audience far beyond the surface level. Relating these characteristics to those found within beloved superheroes lets us connect the qualities of each and draw similarities between the two.”

Check out Matthew Olin's work at Behance.

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