Following the first anniversary of The Beatles catalog’s worldwide digital exclusivity on the iTunes Store, an exclusive Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ book that lets readers tap their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to immerse themselves in the film’s colorful sights and sounds is available for free download on Apple’s iBookstore worldwide starting today, Dec. 9.
The iBookstore is available via the free iBooks App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and at www.iTunes.com/iBookstore.
The iBookstore’s exclusive ‘Yellow Submarine’ book takes the reader on a kaleidoscopic, music-filled journey with The Beatles to an underwater dreamland. It features animated illustrations and text from the 2004 book, 14 full-color video clips from the original 1968 film, and audio clips of classic Beatles hits.
It also includes Sir George Martin’s original score, original dialogue from the film, “read aloud” functionality to follow along as actor Dean Lennox Kelly narrates. Its interactive features let you tap the story’s wild array of butterflies, starfish and sea monsters to make them come alive.
A video trailer for the book is available for free streaming at www.iTunes.com/TheBeatles.
The illustrated book was designed by Fiona Andreanelli using Heinz Edelmann’s original artwork from the film, and its story has been adapted by Charlie Gardner from the film’s original screenplay, co-written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Eric Segal.
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.