Soundtracking the novel
By Mark Terry. Booktrack has integrated its synchronised music, effects and ambient sound into a new novel, The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. The outfit says it is working with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Park Road Post, and Full Fathom Five, on a ‘new genre of entertainment – soundtracks for books’.
Readers can access Booktrack editions at the Apple App Store and download The Power of Six for iPhone, iPad and iTouch – the service will be coming soon to Android and other devices.
Booktrack will publish a specially curated compendium of short stories every month over the next year, starting this month with In the South by Salman Rushdie, followed in October with the short story Solace by Jay McInerney.
The company will also release editions of classics such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter Pan, The Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Romeo and Juliet.
“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,” says Paul Cameron, Booktrack’s CEO. “Consider the reality of tens of millions of commuters around the world listening to a playlist that’s disconnected from what they’re reading -perhaps a sad song with an upbeat story. Instead, they can now instantly replicate a movie-like sound experience with Booktrack that fundamentally transforms their reading experience.”