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Soundtracks for ebooks

Technology marches on. Ebooks are going to have soundtracks. The days of a quiet read are over. Last week, the first so-called “enhanced ebook” was released in the UK – it was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band and it came complete with driving rain, thunderclaps and blood-curdling screams. It sounds like a lame night at the amateur dramatics. The Daily Telegraph has the story.

Some people will love this. Classical music can be a wonderful companion to a good book. Myself, I nearly always read in complete silence at the end of the day. I have one exception. Back around 2000, I read Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor and put Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album on a continuous loop while I was reading.

Mezzanine (which I also recommend) is dark and threatening electronica, and perfectly accompanies Stalingrad where Beevor describes one of the most brutal of all World War II battles. Beevor’s account of the conditions endured by the city’s residents should be read by everyone. I finished the book and thought ‘How did this happen?’

Just think, if you are reading Jaws by Peter Benchley on your ereader you can have John Williams’ legendary movie soundtrack playing as the Great White takes a chunk out of a swimmer.

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