I’ve talked about this before and I’ll talk about this again.
The web (or more generally, the computer) is the most versatile medium. It can really do it all! Text like books, audio like music, visuals like pictures and movies. And they add something cool to the mix, in that it’s all interactive. The real value though, is in how you combine all that. There’s a world of possibilities right there!
Some web comics actually do this really well, combining animated versions of their art with a gripping soundtrack to really pull you into their world. It makes for a thrilling experience, watching a story told through static images come to life like that.
You could definitely do something cool with written stories in this space, too. The idea’s been with me for a while, but I still have no clue how to make it work consistently well from a usability standpoint. In any case, it’d be really cool to read a book with a soundtrack, to give the ambience that extra bit of oomph. Better writing can cover for this, sure, but then it wouldn’t be a multi-media experience.
One day we’ll just beam emotions into our brains though, so eh.