New Playaway Format

December 18, 2006


Each Palm-Sized Unit is Permanently Loaded with an Audio Book to Make Listening as Simple as Pressing a Button; Bestselling Titles Available

Northampton, MA - Forbes Library today announced that they will begin offering Playaway - the first self-playing digital audio book - to patrons, adding the innovative digital format to their existing audio book collection.

Not an MP3 or CD player and not software, Playaway is the self-contained audio equivalent of a book. Half the size of a deck of cards, Playaway is packaged with a standard AAA battery to allow for immediate listening. Using clearly marked buttons, Playaway gives listeners the option of placing digital bookmarks and controlling the speed of a narrator's voice, all while easily moving both forward and back through audio book selections that can range from six to twenty-four hours. Additionally, Playaway has a universal headphone jack that works with almost any type of headphone or mobility accessory. If borrowers don't already have a set of standard earphones, they may purchase one at the library for only $2.

"We are excited about this convenient new format for our patrons," said Lisa Downing, Assistant Director. "It is compact and easy to use, and patrons don't need to download anything or worry about keeping track of individual CDs or cassettes."

The Forbes Library collection will begin with popular current fiction and nonfiction including:

  • Mayflower
  • Angels and Demons
  • The Kite Runner
  • 1776
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness
  • Dirty Blonde

and many more titles will be added over the next several months. Click here to see the current list of titles.

To begin with, Playaways will circulate for 2 weeks and be limited to one per patron. They are not holdable, ensuring that patrons can find some choices available when they come to the library.