Byron Barton’s Planes Lands on the App Store

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Oceanhouse Media and HarperCollins Children’s Books release first in a series of transportation-themed omBooks

Planes on iPad

It’s a perfect story for touch screen devices, letting youngsters drag objects around to different areas of the screen to create their own transportation adventures.

Oceanhouse Media, Inc. and HarperCollins Children’s Books today announce the release of Planes for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Offered for the special introductory price of 99 cents, the omBook (Oceanhouse Media digital book) is the first in a series of popular titles by author and illustrator Byron Barton that will be available as part of a new licensing agreement between the two publishers.

Planes features simple text and vibrant illustrations, introducing young readers to various types of planes and their uses. From seaplanes to crop dusters to planes that write messages in the sky, children can interact with objects on every page, moving them around with the touch of a finger.

“Planes is an exciting new omBook for toddlers and preschoolers,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “It’s a perfect story for touch screen devices, letting youngsters drag objects around to different areas of the screen to create their own transportation adventures.”

Barton’s original text and illustrations, combined with realistic sound effects, professional narration and custom background audio, truly enhance the reading experience. In addition, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched.

Additional omBooks based on Byron Barton’s books will be released in the coming months.

Oceanhouse Media and HarperCollins Children’s Books have previously partnered to bring several Berenstain Bears titles to the app market, including The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle, The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk and The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree.


Creators of the award-winning Dr. Seuss book apps, Oceanhouse Media, Inc. is a leading publisher of more than 300 mobile apps for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, Kindle Fire and HP TouchPad devices. The company was founded in early 2009 by Michel Kripalani, a veteran of the video gaming industry. Seventeen of the company’s apps have reached the number one spot within their categories on Apple’s App Store. In addition, Google has selected the company as one of its Top Developers, a designation granted to only 150 groups worldwide.

Oceanhouse Media's corporate focus is to uplift, educate and inspire through technology. For more information, visit Follow the company at and


HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures—Charlotte’s Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Ramona series, Where the Wild Things Are; and popular new classics—The Graveyard Book, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the Warriors and Fancy Nancy books. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children’s Books delights young readers through engaging storytelling in all formats, including ebooks and apps. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English-language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, and India. You can visit HarperCollins Children’s Books at and HarperCollins Publishers at

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