Playaway® Self-Playing Digital Audiobooks
Publishers cater to growing use of MP3s for schoolwork,
February 6, 2007, Associated Press
"One type of audio player called Playaway - a two-ounce flashplayer
pre-loaded with an audio book made by Follett Corp. and
Findaway World - was sold to school districts starting about 6 months ago.
The players are now on loan at roughly 1,500 libraries, 15 percent of which
are school libraries."
"Belinda Jacks, who oversees 38 school libraries in the Dallas
suburb of Grand Prairie, recently ordered Playaways for her
libraries, and said they've become 'shockingly' popular."
"She added that, contrary to some parents' concerns, listening to
books encourages reading. This expands on reading out loud to kids,
which studies show boosts literacy, Jacks said."
The New York Times
Not an iPod, but It's Child-Friendly and Uses One AAA Battery,
January 4, 2007, Warren Buckleitner
"The players are most notable for the features they don't have.
There are no U.S.B. cables, CDs to rip or burn, downloads, online
stores or batteries to recharge. Just turn them on, put in the
headphones and you're ready to go."
The Today Show
Gifts for The Traveler, December 15, 2006
"Everything from the new John Grisham book to Spanish lessons. And,
you'll see how portable it is. This is portable - one AAA battery
and you're in."
O, The Oprah Magazine
The O List, November 2006
"Listen to this genius idea: self-playing digital audiobooks - smaller
than a deck of cards - that come with earphones."
Cool Gifts, November, 2006
"Playaway's audiobooks aren't designed for digital-media mavens with
iPods who are accustomed to downloading content off the Net. They're
pocket-size and preloaded for people who just want to press Play and go.
The collection includes more than 200 titles - new fiction, literary classics,
books for kids, how-tos, humor - for $30 to $55 each, earbuds included."
Great Gadgets, November 19, 2006
by Robert Moritz
"Want to check out the latest best-seller without lugging that
heavy hardcover? Playaway Audiobooks put The Innocent Man and
more than 100 other titles in your pocket - batteries and earphones
included! The straightforward controls even let you pause, rewind
or skip chapters."