Many content creators, including novelists and ebook authors, are always looking for innovative ways to stand out from the huge amount of material on the market. Does Booktrack offer a viable solution?
Picture opening a new ebook and alas…soundtrack music wafts out of your speakers, enhancing the reading experience and adding extra punch to the story.
I have to admit: it’s a pretty neat idea. Sadly, it wasn’t my idea.
This innovation is offered by Booktrack, a growing company that expects to change the ebook industry forever. They might just do it too.
How does it work? According to Booktrack’s website: “Booktrack synchronizes movie-style soundtracks to eBooks. Music, ambient audio, and sound effects are automatically paced to an individual’s reading speed and synchronized to complement and enhance the story while a person reads.”
Now, I fully admit that I’m more of a hardcopy book kind of guy. I appreciate ebooks for what they offer (and absolutely love them as an author), but never fell in love with the technology. And, although I never ran a poll amongst my friends, I think most of them feel the same way.
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Still, I sampled some of the ebooks in the Booktrack store with an open mind. The books delivered a well-matched soundtrack that didn’t distract me from the story. I can only imagine reading a chilling horror story with a spine-tingling soundtrack.
Will the technology catch on to become the standard, or will this be remembered as a simple novelty? Of course, like with many things, only time (and aggressive marketing) will tell. But if the reader comments are any indication, book soundtracks will only continue to grow.
In the meantime, I’m wondering where else this application could be used. For business perhaps? Can you imagine providing a white paper to your clients with a musical score? Or your online Holiday flyer playing seasonal music?
What about music for my blog? I’d like to think it accompanied by something like the “Superman” theme.
Richard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional content management and business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.