Playaway Digital Audiobooks
Would you like a simple and affordable way to offer digital audio books to
your patrons? Playaway is the only format that makes audiobooks accessible for
everyone -- providing the portability of a digital audiobook with the
grab-and-go convenience of a physical format.
Each Playaway digital audio book title includes:
- One AAA battery
- One set of earbuds
- Play in the car with a mobility device
- Drop-box friendly library
- Professionally designed full-color graphical insert
- Free shipping on all orders (over $100)
- Nebraska public and academic libraries receive a 20%
discount off all Playaway orders placed through the Nebraska Library
Commission. Due to Playaway's exclusive contract with Follett,
school libraries must contact their Follett Library Resources sales
representative to order Playaways.
- There is no minimum to order and your order will be shipped directly to
To Place an Order:
All orders must be placed directly with Playaway. Please
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How big is a Playaway and how much content can it hold?
Playaway is about half the size of a deck of cards and will hold the audio
for an entire book, up to 60 hours of playtime.
What does the audio sound like on a Playaway?
Playaway audio is of equal or greater quality to digital downloads
available. Newer Playaways (marked with HD Audio on the battery door) have
high-definition audio. This audio quality is unsurpassed by any other format
today. This is made possible by proprietary audio processing, production and
leading edge codecs.
Why can't I add, delete or transfer content on or from Playaway?
In order to protect the copyrighted works of authors and publishers, you are
unable to make copies of Playaway. But you can share them with friends just
like you would lend your new bestseller.
How does Playaway compare to audio on cassette or CD?
Playaway is more convenient and easier to enjoy than juggling multiple CDs,
cassettes or a separate player. Playaway allows the listener to control the
speed of the narrator's voice and automatically bookmarks the last place
they left off after powering down.
How does Playaway compare to digital downloads and other forms of
on-the-go downloading like cell phones?
Playaway comes pre-loaded with great digital content, so it does not require
information transfer fees, subscriptions, memberships, or even an Internet
connection. Just plug-in your headphones and listen wherever you go.
Can I use another set of headphones with Playaway?
Absolutely. In addition to the earphones provided, Playaway was designed
with a universal headphone jack to work with almost any type of headphones,
speakers or car adaptors.
Can I use Playaway in a car?
Yes. Playaway was specifically designed to use most commonly available
cassette adaptors and FM transmitters. We also provide portable speakers for
your Playaway that allow for on the go audio.
How can I get the basic information on how to use Playaway?
Check out the
How-to-Play section for the step-by-step tutorial.
How do I tell the difference between Playaway versions?
The newest version of Playaway has HD Audio on the Playaway package and on
the battery cover of the Playaway unit. The biggest difference between the
older version of Playaway and the HD Audio version is the high-definition
sound. The HD Audio version also allows you to lock the keypad while in play
mode, slow down the speed, and easily reset the player to the beginning. The
improved battery life in the HD Audio version allows for more playtime.
How do I change the battery?
Locate the battery door at the wide base of the unit. Look for the notch
holding the door in place. Firmly using your thumb, push up and away on the
notch to open the battery door. Add or change the battery and snap the
battery door back into place.
How long does one AAA battery last?
Every Playaway comes with a standard Energizer AAA battery, which provides
an average of 20 hours of playtime. For HD Audio Playaways, the average
playtime is 30 hours. Rechargeable batteries are also compatible with
Playaway; playtime will depend on the brand.
How do I know how much battery life is left?
A small battery icon is displayed on the LCD screen.. There are four levels
of battery life, each represented with a bar.. The lowest level, one bar,
indicates that 20% of battery life remains.
How do I use a lanyard with Playaway?
Locate the lanyard attachment area at the narrow top of the player. To
attach the lanyard, simply thread and loop the lanyard into the indentation.
Is there a quick way to reset Playaway to the beginning?
Reset to the beginning: While PAUSED, press EQ+SP+FWD+REV.
Reset HD Audio Playaways to the beginning: While PAUSED, Press SP+REV. The
LCD screen will ask you if you want to reset. Press Play to confirm/reset.
When Playaway is turned on again it will be at the beginning.
Can I lock/unlock Playaway?
To Lock and Unlock the keypad (for HD Audio Playaway): While in PLAY, Press
If I'm having issues using Playaway, what should I do?
First, we recommend you checkout the
Tips + Tricks section of FAQs
If you are still experiencing difficulty, please contact Customer Service at
(877) 893-0808 or
Tips + Tricks
Why won't Playaway turn on?
We recommend inserting a fresh battery (please double-check to make sure
it's inserted in the right direction). Most times, this is all you need to
do to get your Playaway up and running again.
Please keep in mind, most Playaway titles should take approximately 3 to 4
seconds to turn on. For a small percentage of titles that have long duration
times or many chapters, start-up could take 10 to 12 seconds.
Why is Playaway skipping chapters?
This happens when the Shuffle play mode is activated. If your Playaway is
pre-loaded with music content, the SP button enables/disables shuffle play
functionality. Pressing the SP button once will enable Shuffle play mode and
cause a randomization of the playback; pressing it again will disable the
Shuffle play mode.
Why is the narrator's voice so fast (or slow)?
Adjust the speed of the narration by pressing the SP button.
HD Audio Playaways have 5 options; older Playaways do not have the slow and
SPD = Normal
SPD+ = Fast
SPD++ = Fastest
SPD- = Slow
SPD-- = Slowest
Why did the display screen say REBLD or RESET before turning off?
If this happened it simply means that your Playaway needed to reset. Please
be patient upon the first power up after this occurs, as it could take 20 or
30 sections longer before start up is complete.
As always, our Customer Service team is available to help you with any
additional questions and can be reached at (877) 893-0808 or