Books With Soundtracks: The Future of Reading? – Atlantic Mobile

I am not sure what to think about this.

This is both a thrilling prospect and a frustrating one. The sound is linked to the line of text for which it was composed, and as I begin reading a Sherlock Holmes mystery on my iPhone, an arrow in the right-hand margin slides down before my eyes can follow. I tap on the arrow, which is supposed to adjust the music to my reading pace, but from time to time it skips and the sound switches suddenly from a synth to a doorbell. If I turn back a page, it’s like rewinding to an earlier spot on a record track.

After a bit of getting used to, the track flows relatively seamlessly. More than anything, it reminds me of a video game soundtrack. Violins play simple melodies on a repeated loop, interrupted at intervals by the atmospheric sounds of my location in the story—a fireplace, a clock.Books With Soundtracks: The Future of Reading? – Atlantic Mobile.