The book publishing world is enjoying a fair bit of disarray at the moment. The rise of ebooks that everyone hates (but reads anyway), the closing of book shops that everyone protests about (while shopping on Amazon) and the generally grumbling that happens when a long established industry has to change – what does this have to do with music technology I hear you ask? We’ve got enough turmoil of our own surely? Well a couple of weeks ago I read an article in the Guardian (online of course, not on that paper stuff) by Andrew Motion (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/16/booktrack-ebooks-sensuous-andrew-motion) about a new publishing phenomenon called Booktrack. “Soundtracks for books” is the tag line and the basic idea is that you take an ebook and you slap on a musical score and sound effects track which follows along as you read. Now there are usually two reactions to this – one is to recoil in horror and the other is to put on some headphones and jump straight in. A quick google search will reveal very divided opinion on the concept, but I’m not going to worry about that – what interests me is that there are shed loads of books out there and someone is going to have to write a lot of music to go with them and that sounds like my dream occupation.