SOLON, OH (June 25, 2013) – Findaway World, a leader in the audiobook industry, is proud to announce the launch of the Playaway Bookpack program. Bookpacks combine the simplicity of Playaway all-in-one digital audiobooks with print versions of the same books to make it easier than ever for patrons to reap the benefits of reading along with audio.
Playaways are pre-loaded, portable audiobook devices that are as easy to use as pressing a button and durable enough to withstand circulation, even in a library or classroom environment. They do not require any additional equipment, making them convenient and accessible for all library patrons.
Playaways offer a particular benefit in the read-along market because the speed of content can be adjusted without any voice distortion. So, while the format works well for a multitude of learners, it is particularly valuable to emerging, reluctant or struggling readers or English language learners who may need to adjust speed for better comprehension. Additionally, many Playaways included in the Bookpack catalog also include page turn cues, making them simple to use for readers at every age level or ability.
By pairing Playaways with print, Findaway World is offering library patrons an immediate way to deliver a read-along experience. Now libraries can directly offer patrons an innovative tool that is intuitive to use and will offer educational benefits including increased reading comprehension, retention, vocabulary skills, phonemic awareness, fluency, and other reading capabilities.
"Playaways have been used as powerful read-along companions for years. Launching Playaway Bookpacks is our way of making it easier than ever for users to access these pairings and especially easy for libraries and classrooms to deliver this service," said Nancy Stickney, Vice President Playaway Products Group.
Playaway Bookpacks are free to library patrons, in participating libraries, and currently feature more than 200 titles for various ages and reading levels. Each Bookpack currently comes in a durable, plastic hanging bag with a reinforced handle. A shelvable option is currently being developed to meet various circulation needs. For more information about Playaway Bookpacks, including a list of available titles and information on ordering, please visit library.playaway.com/bookpacks.
About Findaway World
Founded and based in Solon, Ohio, Findaway World makes it simple to access a world of digital content. Playaway and Playaway View offer the simplicity of pre-loaded audio and video players. Catalist DigitalTM and AcoustikTM Audiobooks give users the convenience of an online platform to access downloadable content anytime, anywhere. To learn more about their world, their innovative products and the Findawayers who make it all happen, visit www.findawayworld.com.
Playaway audiobooks are the simplest way to listen to digital audio content on-the-go. Ideal for circulation and use, each Playaway comes pre-loaded and ready to use with High Definition audio content and a battery. More than 4 million Playaways are currently circulated in over 30 thousand schools, libraries and military installations across the country and abroad. Learn more at www.playaway.com.