I recently stumbled upon a site, can’t really remember how, maybe Reddit, called Book Tracks. It’s an interesting new way to look at reading. One that, as an artist, I’ve thought much about myself. Thought I would imagine getting it to be just right could be very challenging.
Book Tracks, for those of you who don’t know, is way to add audio to books. This audio can range from music to simple sounds; such as the creaking of a door or the thumping of boas against the docks. It’s a way to add extra depth to a novel. An extra sense to really pull you in.
Though i’m all for this, as almost everyone walks around with a Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in their pockets, I could see it causing a ripple in throughout the writing/reading community. Will a Book Track book be considered a book? Novels are works of words and the readers imagination. A novel doesn’t have sounds.
Book Tracks bridges the gap between reading and listening. How will a Book Track book be categorized? Is half way to a radio show isn’t it? Can it be considered a novel among your typical everyday non audio version? Or will it end up being flagged like a picture book.
We’ll have to wait and see. But I for one am exciting to finally see technology used. It’s part of what makes advancement great.
-Your Procrastinating Sometimes Blogger
JAMS – Yes, I still listen to this everyday since watching Guardians.