Playaway "books" available at library 12.01.2010

Written by David Green.

ereader.front.jpgMorenci’s Stair Public Library offers a new option for “reading” a book. Actually, it’s a new way to listen to a book, using the Playaway portable book.

The Playaway fits in the hand—smaller than a deck of cards—and can hold an entire book, with up to 60 hours of playing time.

Each of the library’s Playaways comes with a triple-A battery and a set of earphones.

Controls on the back make it easy to move from chapter to chapter, and an automatic bookmark features holds your place between listening sessions. In addition, users can adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice.

The sound quality is described as equal or better than other digital downloads, and many of the newer Playaways are using high-definition audio.

The Playaway was designed to operate with cassette adapter and FM transmitters used in vehicles.

At this time the library owns 11 classic books:

• “1984” by George Orwell;

• “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain;

• “Animal Farm” by George Orwell;

• “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller;

• “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury;

• “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare;

• “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare;

• “My Antonia” by Willa Cather;

• “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne;

• “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald;

• “Fantasy in Death” by J.D. Robb.

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