"The Sensory Fiction author is provided with new means of conveying plot, mood, and emotion while still allowing space for the reader's imagination," states the group's website. "These tools can be wielded to create an immersive storytelling experience tailored to the reader."
While augmented books are nothing new - Disney has been experimenting with interactive platforms - it's likely that reading as we know it will transform towards a more immersive, plugged-in experiences. As a traditionalist when it comes to reading, I can't say I'm overly enthused about this evolution. The joy of reading is encountering the simple written word and its ability to rouse agony and ecstasy.
BLOG: App Lets You Webcam As Obama, Walter White, More
Look, I understand the Sensory Fiction book is, at base, a whimsical project, but if you're the type whose idea of reading is being dazzled by lights and zapped in the rib cage, by all means, go visit a carnival. But if you're looking for some succulent prose, you could do a lot worse than one of my all-time-favorite lines from Barry Hannah's short story, "Get Some Young":