playaway audio books

Brent Finnegan -- March 30th, 2007

WSVA is reporting that the Massanutten Regional Library now has a few Playaway audio books. From a blurb in GUSH Magazine:

PlayAway Books are like little iPods that contain books [that] come with ear buds and a lanyard to wear around your neck so people can still see what you’re reading or in this case listening to. I’m still a fan of regular books, but these would be good for traveling.

There’s a product review on The Gadgeteer, with some comment discussion of the pros and cons. Apparently you can adjust voice speed and set up to 50 audio bookmarks.

Speaking of the MR Library, in case you missed it, one of the features on their new website is access to online articles you can’t access from a Google search, or need a subscription/password to read. Via services like Find It Virginia, you can log into the database using your library card number. In case you’re wondering, it even works if you have a late fine on your card. Trust me, I checked.

4 Responses to “playaway audio books”

  1. Mountain says:

    The thought of sharing earbuds with other library patrons gives me the creeps! but it looks like you can use your own set, too.

    Looks interesting!

  2. Hearne says:

    Thought of that. The library doesn’t provide the earbuds so they are not shared, so no eeeeuuuw factor. We sell them if borrowers don’t have a pair. Neat devices, we’ll see how long they survive. Phil

  3. finnegan says:

    Saw this on WSVA’s site today:

    Since December, library staff have been getting familiar with the Amazon Kindle, a portable electronic reading device. The 10.3 ounce e-book can hold over 200 titles has wireless internet capability, allowing users access to more than 100-thousand books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and audio books.

    Library Director Phillip Hearn says he thinks the Kindle will take the local reading community by storm and could help with sometime long reserve lines for popular books.

    The library hopes to start lending the two devices out in March.

  4. Gxeremio says:

    woot. I definitely want to play with one before I would consider buying one.

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