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?
I don’t really care, to be honest. When I was younger and read a book with big words, I’d sit with a dictionary next to me, write down the difficult word, look up the meaning and then write it next to the word (because I learn and remember things better if I write them down). This was no issue for me, and I still do it. The same goes for places, paintings, music or what have you, I look them up if need be.
I can see the appeal in being able to listen to a piece of music as one reads about it; so if the book says “he put on Nessun Dorma by Puccini,” you can just click the title to hear it, but I doubt that I’d ever do that. It’d be too disracting. Also, if it's music I've never heard before that's integral to the plot, I want to experience it through the character without putting my own emotions into it. Then, later on, when I listen to it myself I can form my own opinion and compare.
So, in 6 words or less: I like my reading as is.