Reading eBooks:
Heard Any Good Books Lately?

By Joe Waynick

The spin never stops. Reading eBooks is becoming passé according to reports from all over the Internet.

It seems that eBooks are going to start providing sound effects to “improve” the quality of venerable classics written by none other than Charlotte Bronte, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Shakespeare with the idea of attracting younger readers.

Does anyone besides me think this is a really dumb idea? I think sound effects from “The Incredibles” track are pretty cool in your garden variety children’s book.

But falling raindrops against a window in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band on your new Google eReader is downright creepy.

Is this the new way to make money with eBooks? Is the industry that desperate?

Take a spin around the ‘net by checking out the following links and then come back here and tell me what you think about the new trend:

Rainy Mood - Soothing sounds coming soon to an eBook near you!

Daily Mail - News, sports, health and showbiz stories.

The Stir - Gives you everything from personal stories to parenting advice to decorating tips to the news of the day.

Geek News Central - Creators of high quality technical and information for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought that while reading eBooks it was up to the creative talent of the author to build a visual picture in my mind’s eye of the story being told or of the task being explained.

Do techno-geeks really think they can improve upon Hemingway with their not-so-clever use of recorded sounds blaring from eBook reading devices and invading my senses? Really???

You can use the comment box at the end of this post to express your views. Tell me the truth. Do you want your eBook burping sounds at you?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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