By Joan Bennett
The Beatles Yellow Submarine book has arrived as an exclusive to the iTunes iBookstore, says a note on the website of the legendary group.
The Yellow Submarine book features an underwater land with animated illustrations and text from the 2004 book, along with 14 full-color video clips from the original 1968 film. The book also has audio clips of classic Beatles hits and Sir George Martin’s original score. You can hear original dialogue from the film, and a “read aloud” functionality lets you follow along as actor Dean Lennox Kelly narrates. There are also interactive features that let you tap the story’s wild array of butterflies, starfish and sea monsters to make them come alive. You can watch the video trailer for the book here.
Inspired by The Beatles’ song of the same name, ‘Yellow Submarine’ dives 80,000 leagues beneath the sea to Pepperland, a musical paradise where Sergeant Pepper’s band plays on until the music-hating Blue Meanies invade, sealing the band inside a music-proof bubble and leaving it a silent wasteland. But Old Fred, captain of the Yellow Submarine, escapes to Liverpool and persuades Ringo – with a little help from his friends John, Paul and George – to join him on a magical adventure to return music and love to Pepperland.
The Beatles have now sold over ten million songs and over 1.8 million albums on the iTunes Store worldwide.
The iBookstore is available via the free iBooks App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and at www.iTunes.com/iBookstore.