Gadgets for book lovers

Play Away! January 14, 2008

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Bookish news — Kim @ 1:51 pm

There is a new e-book around, the Playaway. The book is also the player, which looks like a book. Get it? If you buy this audio-book all you have to do is plug in some earphones. There a lots of different genres and titles available. The books are a bit expensive though. I wonder if people are willing to pay much, much more for an e-book, just because it is easy. How much work is it to download something to a computer or MP3 player? To solve this problem, the company created a program in which you send back a book and get a discount on the next: RePlay.

You can find more information about the books here. Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments.


7 Responses to “Play Away!”

  1. We just got these at our library, and they are a HUGE hit!!!

  2. Here in the United States, many libraries offer these for free checkout to patrons. Also, if a person’s local library in the U.S. does not have these, you can often request them for free through interlibrary loan from another library. I have personally listened to them and think they are great!


  3. Kristy Says:

    With all due respect, this is not an e-book, this is an all inclusive audio book. I can tell you where the audience is. It’s the elderly who do not like much to learn in the way of new electronics. And children who’s parents want to control the content they are listening to.

    When my son was younger I preferred to actually read to him over having him listen to someone else reading to him. It was more interactive for him and more encouraging for him to be involved with a parent than to idly listen. However, I think any encouragement at all to read or learn to love storytelling is wonderful.

  4. Abigail Says:

    We’re just getting these in at my library and people are so excited– after being frustrated with scratched discs or tapes that get mangled–this is a nice sturdy tool that even the middle school boys find pretty cool. When you can check it out from the library for free–the cost isn’t prohibitive and we expect these to circulate a lot.

  5. valerie Says:

    We’ve had playaways for a couple years at our library. The people like them but their battery life isn’t very long. They’re attractive, practical and fun!

  6. kimbooktu Says:

    I can imagine this product to be a big hit in libraries. It is the best and cheapest way to get these ‘books’. (Sorry, Christy!) As far as I know, they are not available in my country yet. I hope they will be.

    You made me think of the system. It is ideal for people without an MP3 player, like elderly people. I hope our libraries can get them soon!

  7. PLAYAWAY Says:

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for the great mention! We are excited that you found us and like the concept. The simplicity and portability of Playaways have made the format extremely popular in schools and libraries, and also with travelers, commuters, busy multi-taskers, children, older adults, and also with fitness enthusiasts. As for the price, we are in line with audiobooks on CD – but of course with Playaway you get an all-in-one device, without the need for a separate piece of technology. As you mentioned in your post, our RePlay program allows our customers to reuse their player for the next audiobook of their choice, and at 50% off and free shipping.

    We do have a collection of our titles available for international distribution, and take those orders by phone. Feel free to call me at (877) 893-0808 x104 if you are interested. We can also ship all titles in our catalog to North American addresses – so keep that in mind if you have a friend or family member in North America.

    Thanks again for the great mention – and happy listening!
    -Your friends at Playaway

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