PlayAway Books: The Pre-loaded Digital Audio Book

If you like audiobooks but don't like downloading them and getting them onto your iPod, you can try the PlayAway book. It's about the size of an iPod Mini and comes with earbuds and a lanyard to wear around your neck, so everyone knows what you're listening to. The "books" come preloaded with one of a few books, like "Anansi Boys," John Grisham's "The Broker," Stephen King's "Cell" and "The Da Vinci Code".

Each title costs $34.95, and is powered by an AAA battery. After you've listened to them once, we suppose you're supposed to give or toss them away. But it would probably be nice to pick one up at the airport if accidentally left your music player at home.


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