Archive for April, 2007

Playaways

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Caution…you’d better duck!
Playaways are flying off the shelves at WDFPL!
Playaways are digital audiobooks in a self contained portable unit.
 

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The small easy to handle preloaded audiobooks are funded by a literacy grant made possible in whole or part by the New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Hmmm…why are they so popular?  Library users could download a vast array of audiofiles from the WDFPL website remotely.  This service is made possible by participating libraries and the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC). Powered by OverDrive® Digital Library Reserve™ .  This is also cool service.  Ahhh a post for another day.

Could it be the grab and go mind set so popular in today’s culture?  How many people start the morning at Wawa or Starbucks rather than brewing that “wake up cup of coffee? in their own kitchen?

The Ipod like units use AAA batteries, supplied with each Playaway, to keep the content moving.  WDFPL supplies lanyards so users can wear Playaways while in motion.