Now that e-books are here, many people are reading on tablets that are fully capable of producing sound. And at least one company out there provides the ability to create soundtracks and sound effects for books that sync with the written text.
I’m sure the purists out there are preemptively plugging their ears, but I think it’s actually a pretty interesting idea. After all, William Faulkner wanted to write The Sound and the Fury with different colors of text (a cost-prohibitive idea at the time), who’s to say that other writers of yore wouldn’t have found some interesting ways to make sound effect come alive? And, of course, audio books have already existed for some time.
What say you? Interesting idea or does it stop being a book?
Art: “The Edison Phonograph” promotional postcard