Here’s another example of sound integrated into electronic print: Naxos’ Tchaikovsky – His Life and Music by Jeremy Siepmann. Back in August of 2009, I interviewed Naxos’ co-founder & publisher Nicolas Soames. Here’s a quote from that interview:
What future trends or changing perceptions or technologies do you think will have the greatest/worst/revolutionary impact on the audiobook production field?
Digital download is transforming audiobooks, there is no doubt about it… We try to do original audio making the most of the medium, such as biographies of Chopin or Beethoven, or the History of the Theater, where we can make the most of the fact that when discussing Chopin composing a Nocturne or Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, you can HEAR it!
Musical biographies are an ideal genre for combining sound clips of compositions into the appropriate section of a book. Naxos also provides the music in Handel’s Messiah: Comfort for God’s People, currently available as a free download from Christian Audio through the month of December. I posted about David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) and his innovative podcast-formatted music-infused audiobook Bicycle Diaries last fall. Young listeners have had music as an integral part of the audiobook experience for years, from a variety of publishers – witness the excellence of Live Oak Media’s Odyssey Award-winning titles and Full Cast Audio’s original music composed by Todd Hoban. The shift to digital publishing and transmedia incorporating storytelling that blurs the line between media is allowing audiobooks to come alive with the sound of music!