November 4, 2010

Did You Know? Book Listeners Have More Options

By Lisa Lockheart
Publicity/Outreach Liason
Rock Island Public Library

Many audiobooks are now coming out in MP3 compatible formats. This is a full audiobook on a single CD. MP3 compatibility means you can transfer the audio file to your computer, and then onto an MP3 compatible music player. To find this new format, just look for the MP3 label on the front of the audiobook case.

Playaway digital audio books are another convenient option for those of you who like to listen to books on the go. The Playaway offers an entire unabridged book in a convenient digital player that’s about the size of a deck of cards. There are no CDs or cassettes to change, and the player will “remember” where you last stopped listening. Playaways are the convenient, hands-free way to listen to books while you travel, play, work on crafts or other tasks. Area libraries such as our Rock Island Main, 30/31 or Southwest Branch Libraries offer a wide vareity of Playaway titles with three-week checkouts. To listen, just insert batteries and your own headphones or ear buds. You may check out books and other items from Rock Island Libraries with a current library card from any Quad City library.

To search for Playaway titles, visit your local library or click “catalog” at