Thursday, August 25, 2011

Speaking of gadgets, here's the latest iteration of ebooks

Quote: The result is a totally immersive experience that pulls the reader into the author's world and allows the real world to melt away.

In other words, a reading experience that millions of people have been enjoying for a very long time.   And one that, believe it or not, Booktrack, can still be fully enjoyed without gadgets.

My favorite melting-away experience, with a soundtrack of my own making playing inside my head.

Bells and Whistles for a Few Ebooks.  (The New York Times, 8/24/2011)

Excerpt: In the film versions of “Pride and Prejudice” the music jumps and swells at all the right moments, heightening the tension and romance of that classic Jane Austen novel.

Will it do the same in the e-book edition?

Booktrack, a start-up in New York, is planning to release e-books with soundtracks that play throughout the books, an experimental technology that its founders hope will change the way many novels are read.

Its first book featuring a soundtrack is “The Power of Six,” a young-adult novel published by HarperCollins, soon to be followed by “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Jane Eyre,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Three Musketeers.”

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