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'Sesame Street' shows off new e-bookstore

May 20, 2010 |  1:39 pm

How things have changed. Years ago, "Sesame Street" was available to children only on television or in the library. But now they can read "Sesame Street" books online. Sesame_Street_picture  

The venerable franchise announced Thursday that a "Sesame Street" e-bookstore is now live. Children can choose from more than 100 books.The e-books include audio, animations and interactivity for kids to get more out of the experience of reading each title.

Unfortunately, the "Sesame Street" e-bookstore comes with some caveats. First off, children will be able to access the titles only online, which means they can't download their favorite books to an e-reader and bring it with them on trips. 

The service, which costs $39.99 per year, also won't allow parents to pay for only the books their children want to read.

The "Sesame Street" e-bookstore runs on Flash, which means iPad and iPhone owners won't be able to hand either product to their children and allow them to access the content from the respective mobile device's browser.

The e-bookstore is unfortunately suffering from some flaws that might turn parents away. But if their children really love the franchise, at least "Sesame Street" has given them another place to entertain their kids online.

-- Don Reisinger

Image: A view of the e-books available in the "Sesame Street" e-bookstore. Credit: "Sesame Street"