Digital content provider Findaway World is launching the Playaway Bookpack program, which combines Playaway pre-loaded portable audiobook devices with corresponding print editions, enabling customers to read along while they listen.
With Playaways, listeners can adjust the audiobook speed without voice distortion, something the company says is particularly valuable to emerging, reluctant, or struggling. Also, many Playaways included in the Bookpack catalog include page turn cues, which will additionally help readers of all ages and abilities.
“Playaways have been used as powerful read-along companions for years,” Nancy Stickney, vice president of Playaway Products Group, said in a statement. “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.”
Playaway Bookpacks are free to patrons at participating libraries, and feature more than 200 titles. Each Bookpack includes a durable, plastic hanging bag with a reinforced handle. A shelvable option is currently being developed to meet circulation needs.