Talking library book fits in the palm of your hand
October 18, 2007
The Joplin Public Library recently announced that it 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. Not an MP3 or CD player, and not software, Playaway® is the self-contained audio equivalent of a book. About the size of a credit card, Playaway® is the simplest way to listen to audio books on the go.

“They come with a standard AAA battery, so all you have to do is plug in a set of universal headphones, press the start button, and you’re ready to go,” said Jeana Gockley, Children’s Librarian. “With Playaway®, our patrons can enjoy their favorite books practically anywhere, the gym, the grocery store, or even jogging because they don’t skip.“

“A limited number of the new format has been purchased on a trial basis,” explained Collection Development Librarian Linda Cannon, who is in charge of buying books and other items for the library. You can find out what is in the collection by typing “Playaway” in the keyword or subject box in the library’s computerized catalog at

Some titles offered in the Playaway® format include:

For more information the Joplin Public Library visit here.

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