Friday, September 9, 2011

A Soundtrack for Books

This sounds pretty cool, but I'm still a little unsure about how well it will work.  Apparently this new company, Booktrack, has created synchronized soundtracks for e-books that dramatically boost the reader's imagination and engagement. The company's proprietary technology combines music, sound effects and ambient sound, automatically paced to an individual's reading speed. This is the part I'm unsure about, but if they can actually pace the sound effects and music to an individual's reading speed, then they've got some serious magic.

You can download the app to your iPhone or iPad and just start reading. If the characters go to the beach, you’ll hear waves crashing and seagulls squawking. Or maybe a character is being chased by a pack of dogs, which will sound heavy footsteps and ragged breathing, dogs barking and snarling.

You can read more about Booktrack here.

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