Booktrack is a cloud-based platform that allows users to create soundtracks, or access ready-made soundtracks—complete with movie-like sound effects—that complement their reading selections. Booktrack synchronizes these movie-style soundtracks to ebooks.
Music, ambient audio, and sound effects are automatically paced to an individual's reading speed and synchronized to match the story while they read. Users can add Booktracks to existing text or create their own digital content, and align the audio with their individual reading speeds. Booktrack is essentially doing for reading what sound did for movies, according to the company.
Booktrack currently offers free access to thousands of stories, from famous classics to contemporary titles. Users can create their own Booktrack titles by matching stories to an extensive library of over 20,000 free-to-use high quality music and ambient audio tracks. Published Booktrack titles are instantly available to a global audience across Booktrack’s online service and mobile apps.
Studies conducted by NYU and The University of Auckland show that Booktrack has proven to improve reading comprehension and retention by 20%, and that Booktrack readers tend to read for 30% longer on their own, according to the company. These studies also suggest that using Booktrack helps students develop the skills needed for tackling college admission exams such as the SATs and the ACTs.
For more information, link to this infographic illustrating the effectiveness of Booktrack. Or watch a short showcase of the technology on Youtube here: youtu.be/YtB0T4xwMKA.
Source: Booktrack, booktrack.com