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Old 03-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #31
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I think this could actually enhance the experience if done right, with the right books. As an example, I used to read fantasy books by an author who liked to make musical allusions in the story, something a character played or wrote usually. One book even had some of the pieces a character wrote written out in the back of the book. This is the kind of thing I could see benefiting from embedded audio clips or the like. I can't think of anything I've read that would benefit from video in a similar way, but I wouldn't be surprised if it existed. (Just to note, if this existed I would argue that it should be entirely optional, perhaps with "traditional" versions and "enhanced" versions.)

Now, what I could really see taking off is a smellobook or a tastybook.
Heh. That makes me think of what it would be like if I had a Lord of the Rings eBook with audio of J.R.R.T.'s songs being sung or poems being recited in the right places.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:53 PM   #32
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As others have pointed out, there is probably a place for this in nonfiction - think interactive maps in a history book, or an interactive diagram of how to replace a belt in an automotive guide. Certain cooking apps have short videos of various techniques that can be helpful, too. And this would probably be actually useful for certain textbooks.

But even in these media, it is something that is much easier to do wrong than to do right. But I really see no place for it in fiction, which of course rarely even uses illustrations.
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Heh. That makes me think of what it would be like if I had a Lord of the Rings eBook with audio of J.R.R.T.'s songs being sung or poems being recited in the right places.
I tried listening to the audio book version which contained exactly that. It was torture.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:39 AM   #34
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I think it is a great idea for a magazine. I think it sucks for a book.
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Heh. That makes me think of what it would be like if I had a Lord of the Rings eBook with audio of J.R.R.T.'s songs being sung or poems being recited in the right places.
Even better with video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC73PHdQX04
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