Booktrack Lets You Add Soundtrack to Self-Published eBooks.

18 October 2013

From Media Bistro:

“Want to add a sound track to your self-published book? Check out, Booktrack, a new app that will let you add music or sound effects to your eBook.

“The application is available for iOS devices and as a Chrome app. You can use it to record audio tracks and then insert them into your text. Once you do so, you can export the files to sell the title within the Booktrack community where you can also shop for books with sound effects.”

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Julia Barrett

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15 Comments to “Booktrack Lets You Add Soundtrack to Self-Published eBooks.”

  1. I’m all for innovation and I understand that this is cool stuff. A lot of folks would love it.

    However, when I get sweet, sweet quiet time to do nothing but read, music or sound clips would annoy the crap outta me. Maybe I’m weird, but I don’t find this idea exciting.

  2. I think this gimmick would actually take away from the reading experience. If I wanted sound effects, I’d listen to radio theater.

  3. I am not the target demographic for this feature.

  4. You know, there have been times when I’ve read with music in the background, and something aligned so that the perfect song started playing during just the right moment in a book and it all came together to make a goulash of pure awesome. BUT, and this is important, if that song had played a chapter and a half earlier it wouldn’t have had the same effect.

    So I could understand how something like this might be cool, assuming the app can actually keep track of where you and know when to change up the music. I don’t know how on earth it could possibly do that, and the thought that it might be able to is actually a little disturbing, but that also means you’d have to put a fair amount of work into your soundtrack.

    Except that from what I read this isn’t even an author-driven thing. It’s user controlled. So… how is this substantively different from firing up the music player before I read my ebook?

  5. Sounds like a dreadful idea.
    I wouldn’t want music in a book.
    I listen to my own music from ITunes collection.
    If a book started playing its own music, I’d find it intrusive and delete it.

  6. These ideas alway seem like gimmicks dreamed up by people who don’t read much, directed at people who do. So, they nearly always fail.

  7. If they’re just suggesting including a soundtrack in the book that is user-controlled whether it plays, then this is in demand. Lots of readers and authors right now are wanting to know/sharing playlists. Otherwise… :shrugs:

  8. Pass.

  9. Music in audio books is common. However, this gimmick is not for people who want to read books quietly, like me and you perhaps. It is for the new tablet-reader generation. For them a book without sound may be like the silent movies to us. Who knows, books may evolve into multimedia reading experiences. Also remember the fuss over reading e-books versus paper books not so long ago. E-books are wining.

  10. I was skeptical, but read a few stories and it’s quite compelling. The soundtrack, when done well, matches with what is happening in the story and pulls you in surprisingly. I could see younger readers in particular loving this platform. I would encourage those of you that are being negative to check it out first. I always imagine what the soundtrack for my stories would be, and Booktrack makes that possible.

    Anything that helps pull more people into reading experience is fine by me, and that appears to be what they are trying to do.

  11. If *I* could put a 7-minute soundtrack in one place, and a 3.5 minute one in another IN MY OWN NOVEL, I might break down and go the ebook route. Trouble is, the music I’d want there is (or should be) copyright protected by someone else, and I can’t afford to use it anyway.

    • RLB, it’s the cost that concerns me as well. I can see this leading to a lot of artists complaining that their music is being used by indies without royalties being paid.
      The same thing is already going on with embedded fonts in ebooks. Very few of the fonts in your word processing program can be legally embedded, but so many blog posts claim it’s ok that folks just go ahead and do it.
      After shedding the quality stigma, indies are about to get tarred with the ‘theif’ brush. We need to be very careful when it comes to the intellectual property of other artists.

      • The legality of fonts stymied me, too. A friend played around with a proposed book cover (which I never published), and even after I found out the name of the font she’d used, it was so confusing as to be impossible to discover who might “own” it. I’m still trying to find out if anyone can legally claim a music file called “La Veleta.”

        • Fonts used in covers are usually ok since they tend to be images. When you embed fonts in an ebook, you’re placing the entire font file in the document and selling it to your readers. The font foundries claim it’s a piracy issue, but if I wanted to steal a copy of arial, I’d just look in my windows font directory.
          Still, if they didn’t protect their rights, they would eventually lose them…

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