Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The Wheeler Memorial Library today announced that they will begin offering Playaway – the first self-playing digital audio book – in their library, adding the innovative digital format to their existing audio book collection.

Half the size of a deck of cards, Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go and – with no tapes or CDs - can hold as little as two or as much as eighty hours of content on each unit. Using clearly marked buttons, Playaway gives listeners the ability to 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 Walt Owens, library director. “With Playaway, our patrons can enjoy best-selling content with first-rate digital audio.”

There are over 1,200 bestselling current and classic titles on Playaway. The Wheeler Memorial Library's collection includes 80 titles consisting of a mixture of classics and bestsellers.

“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 Christopher Celeste, President, Findaway World. “In fact, 99% 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.”

For more information about Playaway at Wheeler Memorial Library, please contact the Library at 978-544-2495 or visit http://orangelib.org. To see our Playway titles in our catalog, click here.

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