“Reading the Booktrack edition of â€œThe Power of Sixâ€ on an iPad is much like reading the standard e-book edition, with the addition of a small indicator scrolling down the page, line by line. (The user sets the reading speed.)
Much of the music â€” about nine hoursâ€™ worth for the typical novel â€” is instrumental or ambient noise. But during livelier passages, a reader may hear the patter of footsteps, a booming gong, a crackling fire or the tick of a grandfather clock.”
Do books need their own soundtracks? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. The Next Big Thing with ebooks is certainly a guessing game, so experimentation generally speaking is a good thing.Â Sounds a little fringy to me, but I’m not one to fault creative new approaches.
You can take a closer look at the first Booktrack ebook at thisÂ link on iTunes.
More such books seem to be in the near future, including some Salman Rushdie short stories:
“Its first book featuring a soundtrack is â€œThe Power of Six,â€ a young-adult novel published by HarperCollins, soon to be followed by â€œThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,â€ â€œJane Eyre,â€ â€œRomeo and Julietâ€ and â€œThe Three Musketeers.â€
In September and October, Booktrack will release editions of the short stories â€œIn the South,â€ by Salman Rushdie, and â€œSolace,â€ by Jay McInerney.”
And you can also check out a YouTube video of BookTrack in action: