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Music on e-Books

Music for iPad


A survey conducted by Cathedral Rock Publishing, including 105 individual participants, were asked what type of content would appeal to them in an e-book.  More than three quarters of respondents (77%) identified music as a desirable addition, while 19% answered “other types of audio.” 56% said they would like video in e-books and 58% were in favor of color graphics.  The survey also asked people to consider how they want to use multimedia content embedded in the e-book. More than three quarters (76%) wanted to be able to import music and video into iTunes.

In the film versions of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” the music jumps and swells at the right moments, heightening the tension and romance.  “It’s difficult to imagine a movie with no soundtrack. Yet, until today, the technology did not exist to synchronize music and sound within an e-book,” Paul Cameron, said Booktrack’s co-founder and CEO. Can it be done in an e-book edition?

Booktrack,  a New Zealand start-up, now with an office 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. The software has the backing of tech heavyweights, including early Facebook investor and billionaire Peter Thiel, Facebook’s director of global creative solutions Mark D’Arcy and New Zealand entrepreneur Derek Handley.

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What do you think, would you like to hear music while reading your e-book?




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