How to Add Soundtracks to Your Stories

Plus don’t miss the opportunity to win prizes in the Halloween Short Story Contest further below…

Most of us already know about how to get a book published, and we’re becoming more familiar with how to publish ebooks and audiobooks, but have you ever thought about adding a soundtrack to your story? With a soundtrack, the reader can hear background music or ambience effects that are synchronized with what is occurring in the story.

Soundtracks for BooksBooktrack is an online tool that enables you to create a synchronized soundtrack of ambient audio, music, and sound effects. Plus, this tool automatically adjusts the soundtrack to the reader’s individual reading speed. The idea is to create an immersive entertainment experience.

A recent press release explains, “Booktrack Studio delivers a more engaging and compelling reading experience for today’s new generation of digital readers. Writers can better share their creative vision by including background music that evokes a specific emotion or ambient audio that brings a scene to life, selecting clips from a database of more than 20,000 audio files. Imagine hearing a swelling symphony as warriors clash in a story or the sounds of a bustling marketplace as you read a Bangkok travel blog. Writers can then immediately self-publish their Booktrack title, instantaneously reaching new global audiences.”

I first mentioned Booktrack to my readers back in August of 2011. Since then I’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch to try it out. I was also fortunate to be able to meet a few weeks ago with Paul Cameron, one of the founders of Booktrack, and Craig Wilson who is Chief Technology Officer. They gave me a “heads up’ that the launch was imminent, and I’m pleased to announce that this tool is now available. Even better, it’s absolutely free!

One of the main challenges of creating a tool like this is building a soundtrack that “works” at different reading speeds. But somehow Booktrack have managed to do this. The company has worked closely with Google to make the very most of web audio and HTML 5 capabilities. They are also working closely with Apple to develop an iOS app.

Some writers may argue that the power of the written word should be enough, without sounds. That may well be true, but I suggest that you take a look at this new technology and consider how you could apply it in your publishing business. After all, we have a new generation of digital readers and they are embracing technology in ways that we could never have imagined a few years ago.

Booktrack may not replace your regular books and ebooks but how about using a Booktrack as a promotional tool for your publishing business? In the same way that many writers create book trailers for their book launches you could offer a sample of your next book together with a soundtrack.

There are a couple of points worth remembering:

  • The Booktrack Studio is currently in Beta and as with any Beta version it’s not final so you may encounter some bugs. Don’t forget that as a Beta user you can let the creators know what improvements you’d like to see.
  • At this stage Booktrack only works in the Chrome browser, on either a PC or Mac computer. 

It’s easy to start adding soundtracks to your stories.  Simply f
ollow these 5 steps:


Get Google Chrome

Get BookTrack

You can open a free Booktrack account here.

Add Text

Start a new Booktrack and add your story text.

BookTrack Text

Add Audio

Now you can start adding music and sound effects. There are 20,000 audio tracks to choose from.

BookTrack Audio


Publish & Share

Once you have finished, publish your Booktrack and start sharing it with your readers!

So hop over to Booktrack and take it for a spin. They are even having a fun contest for Halloween.  It’s the first annual Booktrack Creepy Halloween Short Story Contest.  Create a soundtrack for your scary Halloween story and be in for a chance to win $250 and $1,000s in promotion for your story. Here’s your chance to scare your readers with both text and sounds!

About the Author: Gary McLaren

Gary McLaren is the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks'. He also manages several web sites for professional writers including Publish Your Own Ebooks and Worldwide Freelance.


  1. Too crazy Gary. Just too crazy. Can’t wait to be proven 100% wrong in like 3 years.

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