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James Patterson Donates $1M to Independent Bookstores

Who better to make a statement about the future of the book industry than one of the most popular bestselling authors of all time? That’s exactly what author James Patterson did when he promised to donate $1 million to independent bookstores across the country.

According to CBS, James Patterson is concerned that because of the rapid growth of e-readers, the independent bookstores and libraries are losing steam. So he’s pledged $1 million to keep these places alive. He says he doesn’t care how the money is used — whether it’s to better the stores and libraries themselves or to increase pay for their employees.

He says what’s most important is that these are “viable” bookstores and that they have children’s sections.

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Listening to Your E-Reader

There are books. There are e-books. And there are audiobooks. But now, there are e-books with music.

Earlier this fall, a New York start-up called Booktrack began publishing e-books with music to enhance the e-book reading experience. According to this article by The New York Times, they decided to change the landscape of e-book reading by adding soundtracks to accompany them. Stories with a more “cinematic scope” were better-suited, and so far, those are the only ones that have gotten the musical treatment.

Though authors have experimented with musical books in the past — the article cites James Patterson, who has included CD’s to go along with his books — they haven’t been very successful. But Booktrack promises to give readers more control with the musical e-books, as Julie Bosman explains.

But Booktrack’s founders say that their product is an improvement on the old book soundtracks, partly because it plays at the pace of the individual reader and can be paused or adjusted with a touch of the screen.

Reading the Booktrack edition of “The Power of Six” on an iPad is much like reading the standard e-book edition, with the addition of a small indicator scrolling down the page, line by line. (The user sets the reading speed.)

The prices of e-books with music are a bit higher. After all, they have more to offer. Or do they? What do you guys think?


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