I saw these
in a bookstore over the summer. My cousin, an elementary school librarian and avid audiobook listener, and I—technology guru extraordinaire—found them a bit ridiculous. On the face of it, having a dedicated player that simply plays the audiobook of your choice is nice and user-friendly for those who may not be hip to the jive of iPods and MP3s.
On the other hand, I think they’re overpriced at $35-$50. Let’s take one of my favorite author’s latest books, Neil Gaiman’s
, for example. The
costs $40; you can download the
for $28; and
the CD version
is selling for $25 on Amazon. Not to mention that you can always check your local library for the possibility of listening for
Not to mention that if you buy more than one Playaway, you’re cluttering up your house with a plethora of dedicated MP3 players that can do nothing but play one single audiobook. Oh well, suppose they’re not for me.