Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. This weeks question is: With the advent (and growing popularity) of eBooks, I’m seeing more and more articles about how much “better” they can be, because they have the option to be interactive … videos, music, glossaries … all sorts of little extra goodies to help “enhance” your reading experience, rather like listening to the Director’s commentary on a DVD of your favorite movie.
How do you feel about that possibility? Does it excite you in a cutting-edge kind of way? Or does it chill you to the bone because that’s not what reading is ABOUT?
Personally, I like the idea of added extras, as long as that's what they are, EXTRA. A lot of us probably already go on official websites of books to read character profiles and such; and trailer videos are becoming a big thing as well. It would also be awesome if there was a music track mentioned in the book, to be able to listen to it straight away, without having to search for it. However, I don't think I'd like it if these were part of the actual book i.e. that you have to watch/look at/listen to them to know what's going on. It probably wouldn't put me off reading a book like this if I really liked the look of the book but I don't think I'd actually pick a book because of it.
Extras, yes; interactive parts of books, not so much.