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Playaway digital audio books available at the Library
Bestselling titles in palm-sized unit

The Round Rock Public Library now offers patrons audio books on Playaway, the first self-playing digital audio book. This innovative digital format is a convenient addition to their existing audio book collection.

Playaway is the simplest, easiest way to listen to a book on the go. Half the size of a deck of cards, one permanently-loaded unit holds up to 80 hours of content with no tapes or CDs. Listeners can move back and forth within or between chapters and alter the speed of a narrator’s voice. It even has an automatic bookmark feature that remembers where you left off. Additionally, Playaway has a universal headphone jack that works with almost any type of headphone or mobility accessory.

“Playaway’s simple functionality and immediate usability separate it from other audio book formats,” said Michelle Cervantes, Collection Development Manager. “With Playaway, our patrons can enjoy best-selling content with first-rate digital audio.”

Playaway offers more than 4,000 titles, including selections for children, language learning programs, bestselling adult fiction, and classics. And because Playaway’s format is friendly for listeners of all ages, every patron can enjoy the new format. The Round Rock Public Library currently has 16 titles, including:

  • Three Cups of Tea is one of the 16 titles the Library has available on PlayawayDark Dude a novel by Oscar Hijuelos
  • Escape from Horrorland by R.L. Stine
  • Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

“With Playaway, we set out to create a product that was portable, technologically simple and easy to use, and it’s been a perfect fit for libraries,” said Caroline Barni, Director of Marketing + PR, Findaway World. “In fact, 99 percent of our current library customers would recommend Playaway to another library. We are excited to have provided such a welcome audio format for this important channel.”

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009

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