Today I am pleased to welcome Paul Cameron to the blog to share about Booktrack! Paul joined us a while back for #k8chat but I wanted to introduce this wonderful site for those of you who may have missed the chat. Without further ado here is Paul!
I get asked all the time: “what is Booktrack”? My answer always remains the same. The best way to find out is to put on a pair of headphones and experience it for yourself.
Booktrack is a platform for authors and readers that synchronizes soundtracks to eBooks. We offer a movie-style reading experience, complete with music, ambient audio and sound effects.
Booktrack is completely free to use, which means that it’s a fantastic, no-risk promotional tool. Soundtrack and publish sample chapters, excerpts or short stories and link to your paid novel. This is an opportunity for authors to reach out to non-traditional reading audiences. We have avid readers on the platform who are also musicians, educators, gamers and technology geeks – people who might not usually read, but love the immersive nature of Booktrack. It’s also a great way for aspiring or new authors to grow a reader base. We have over a million readers on the platform, and that number is increasing daily.
Two university studies have been conducted that proves reading with Booktrack increases comprehension and engagement with text. A good soundtrack that matches the mood, setting and feel of a story can really enhance emotion and get you lost in the plot. In the world we live in, where there are so many technological distractions, Booktrack is something that brings you back to the love of reading. Best of all, it’s completely free, so it’s a fun way to discover some new authors or little-known gems! We have a rich mix of titles from famous contemporary authors like Hugh Howey to classics from H.P Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as new work from indie writers.
About Paul Cameron:
Paul Cameron is CEO and co-founder of Booktrack, a company that has developed the technology that provides synchronized movie-style soundtracks to eBooks and digital text. With Booktrack, music audio and ambient sounds are automatically paced to an individual’s reading speed to match the story line while they read. Readers get instant free access to thousands of stories, while authors can easily create their own Booktrack titles by matching their stories to an extensive library of over 20,000 free-to-use music and ambient audio tracks. Booktrack is enabling authors to write in a new way and reach a new audience.
Backed by funders including Peter Thiel, Weta Digital and others – with Booktrack, writers, readers, and now students get a totally new immersive reading experience that has proven comprehension (17%) and engagement (30%) benefits in New York University and Auckland University Studies through the www.booktrackclassroom.com application.
Prior to Booktrack, Paul trained as an Aeronautical Engineer and for over a decade then flew as an officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force completing operational flying in roles including Fisheries and Customs Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and Anti Terrorism.