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ERIC Number: EJ842928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Getting Teens to Read with Their Ears
Fues, Marianne Cole
Library Media Connection, v27 n6 p54 May-Jun 2009
Audiobooks have been around for years in various formats, like cassette tapes and CDs. This article describes a new type of audiobook on the market which is generating an interest in "reading." The device, called Playaway, is the size of a MP3 player and comes with a lanyard and ear buds. Buttons on the back of the player control the speed and volume, and a tiny LCD screen helps keep track of the "page." One AAA battery keeps going for hours, and each Playaway holds one preloaded book. Playaway is made by Findaway World and is marketed to the K-12 world through Follett Library Resources and Recorded Books. This new digital format appeals to students as they exercise, travel to school events on a bus or walk down the street. It also appeals to the visually impaired, and is attractive to all reading levels. It allows following along in the actual book while listening, as well. Libraries must compete for the attention of today's students, and incorporating technology is an essential part of a library. Playaways are an exciting way to get students interested in books and reading--with their ears.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri