Do you know how to add sound to your book?

Again! I learned something new today!

I had no idea a soundtrack could be added to an ebook. Who knew? Probably all of y’all, I’m usually the last to hear about all of this new-fangled techie stuff. But this is so way cool. 

Will I use it? Not sure.

Why? Because when I pick up a book I like to shut out the world around me. I don’t enjoy listening to music or multi-tasking when I read. I prefer a quiet room or my porch on a warm sunny day.  

Now my grandkids are different. The teenagers in our family enjoy reading with music blaring through headphones attached to their ears. To me, that’s a distraction.

However, I can remember a time when I did homework listening to the radio so maybe it’s not so different. Music comforts us, romance and relaxation.

And music is important to storytelling. Without music, movies would be boring.

But fiction writers can’t rely on music to create the tension or sounds to show a motor, river or a moving object. Or can we?

Ever heard of Booktrack?

Well, I hadn’t until now. Wow, seems I’m always the last to know the latest new fangled software. 

  • I learned this program can add a movie soundtrack to your ebook. Is your hero drowning? Add the sounds of a rushing river. Need to add fear and tension? You can add a music score worthy of an Oscar. With sound, the writer can use sound to convey what’s happening instead of words to make reading the scene richer and more like a movie. 
  • I learned that I could  add background noise during character dialog. Such as glasses clinking, a door closing or a gun shot this takes writing to a whole different level.
  • This program can turn your novel or novella into a screenplay.

Is this the way of the future?

I’m not sure how much this will catch on but I think there is definitely a place for the technology.

Booktrack Studio Free App in Google Play 

Step by Step how to – BookTrack Video Tutorials

Self- Publish BookTrack Studio Facts

Use BookTrack for Marketing Booktrack Authors Group

So what do y’all think? 

Here to stay or a fad? 

Use it or lose it?

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35 thoughts on “Do you know how to add sound to your book?

  1. Sounds (hahaha) interesting, but I think I’d like to read and listen to some sample books to learn whether it seems like a good thing. I’ll admit to being dubious. One other thing–imagine if the linkage slips between the audio track and the narrative. One could imagine all sorts of hilarious or disconcerting results if one heard the river flow as the gunfight or some action scene occurs. Or let’s say it’s soaring triumphal music as a character dies. What with the prospect of technological glitches I’d want to be very sure such scenarios are unlikely in uploads, downloads, players, etc.

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  2. Hmmm – I think this is a super cool idea but I wonder if having sounds pop while you are reading might be a bit jarring and disconcerting. It would be interesting to see one of these book tracks in action.

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  3. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Hmmm… lots of question marks floating around here, but this sounds (sorry!) like something worth looking into from a readership PoV. My late husband disliked reading fiction but loved comedy, thrillers and fantasy on the big screen with the music playing an important part for him. He also used to say he had difficult ‘seeing’ a written story ‘because he lacked imagination’ so this may well be a viable medium to look at for writers looking to capture a wider audience… off to surf now!

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