A slew of recent music books has resuscitated the old notion of the "enhanced" ebook. From
What's slightly strange about these offerings is that they beg the question of what "enhancement" actually means. After all, in a conventional biography you would expect the inclusion of photographs from the author's life to be a basic requirement not a paid-for "extra". Another problem is that most of these features are platform-limited: you can't access them in simple e-readers or generic reading apps as they require specialist software or hardware capabilities - your Kindle or Kobo won't cut it.
Far more interesting are the playlists put together by official editors or unofficial fans on music streaming sites such as Spotify and Rdio. A text such as
As ever, the best thing about the electronic book is its network, and the fact that it lives happily alongside other forms of media and distribution, without having to pack them all into one unwieldy package.
Oh, and Dolly's commencement speech is on
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