You may have seen the big news: a few weeks ago, just in time for the 2010 Christmas season, the first 19 books of the Boxcar Children Mysteries became available as ebooks, thanks to our partnership with the digital content company Open Road Media.
The digital transition has come with some memorable moments—won’t forget the little rush of excitement I felt when I reviewed the ebook files just before the launch and saw, for the first time, the classic L. Kate Deal silhouette art of Book 1 appearing on an iPad. And when I spot-checked the Kindle previews I had to keep myself from getting too absorbed with the storylines of Surprise Island and The Yellow House Mystery to do my job. They weren’t just “digital files”—they were books.
Then there’s the bonus material that the folks at Open Road have created for the launch. This fall, a film crew visited Putnam, Connecticut, Getrude Chandler Warner’s Home town, to shoot footage of the Warner museum (housed in a boxcar!) and interview museum volunteers and Ms. Warner’s former students. The film clips accompany the box set of the first 19 Boxcar Children ebooks, and there’s a wonderful preview on the Open Road Site. On Barnes & Noble’s Unabashedly Bookish blog, Rachel Chou of Open Road shares her experiences of the Putnam visit along with some photos of the museum.
(For even more pictures of the museum, see Josalyn’s account of her trip here on the Whitman blog.)
More Boxcar ebook titles will become available in 2011, so stay tuned!