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Plug Your Headphones Into These Little Playaway Books

Posted in Digital Audio,ebooks by Darrin Olson on August 26th, 2006


Playaway has come out with the newest version of books on tape. These are actually little, digital books! They are about half the size of a deck of cards, have the cover of the book on one side, and the 8 button player control on the other. It runs off of one AA battery that comes with the device, and if you keep a charged battery in it you can listen to the book as many times as you would like. The Playaway “books” also come with a set of headphones and a lanyard to hang it around your neck if you would like.

These little digital books are available from Playaway’s online store, and they are also at a few nationwide retailers, including Borders, OfficeMax and of course Barnes & Noble. Most books price from around $30 to $60 depending on the book, which is competitive to their traditional paper counterparts.

One thing about these Playaway books is that even though they are digital, they are still a physical object. They can be placed on a shelf, given to someone else to listen to, possibly checked out at a library, but are not the traditional file that could easily be copied or posted on the internet for free download.