Featured website: booktrack.com

Whenever I read a book, I can always think of a few songs I know that would go with the events or the characters. One time, I had to read Bleak House for a college course and I scribbled an entire soundtrack in the margins of my notes.

With Booktrack, there’s finally something out there that will allow books to have an entire musical score – just like a movie. When you download a soundtrack from Booktrack, the music will adapt itself to your reading pace and will totally immerse you in the world of the book. It’s essentially enhanced content for e-books and will work with the iPad, iPhone, or iTouch – although Booktrack plans on expanding to other devices in the future.

I only wish that Booktrack enabled you to create your own soundtracks for books, rather than downloading a preexisting score. Maybe there will be such a thing in the future…?

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8 thoughts on “Featured website: booktrack.com

  1. I think I would want to create my own. It’s like getting really involved in a book and then you see the movie and the characters don’t look like the ones in your head.

    I guess the other extreme is the soundtrack to Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon, which was provided by the author and consists entirely of songs mentioned in the novel (Pynchon’s books are always full of music). It’s listed on the book’s Amazon page:


  2. Interesting concept, but it seems limited to anyone who has an e-book reader. And you cannot make your own soundtrack. What would be cool is if every author could post the soundtrack they wanted for their book and then each book has personalized music.


    • I think they’re eventually going to make it for PC and probably mp3 players as well. Who knows what features they might come up with in the future?


  3. I have two things to say about this innovation.

    1. It is techniclly brilliant (if you look at what and how they’re doing it)
    2. It has a great potential for reducing imaginative skills on the part of the reader.

    I’m going to think about this and do a post on it on Uphill Writing later today after I’ve kicked it around some more.

    Thanks for showcasing this, Maggie! You’re a gem!


    • I agree. I think it’ll be a little bit like watching a movie after you’ve read the book and being disappointed at how the movie portrayed your favorite characters/scenes. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s a hit or not.


    • Richard, your second point is also the argument for why radio was a better medium for telling stories than television, since the listener invents the visuals. I’m not using this as an argument against, BTW, since I’ve listened to a lot of radio drama on tape, and, for my taste at least, I do prefer it. I haven’t owned a television, except for watching DVDs, in ten years.


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