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Playaway: Your New Favorite Accessory

Playaway: Your New Favorite Accessory

Published: July 22, 2022

A lot of us love using the Hoopla and Libby apps for reading and listening to digital books but they don’t always meet all of our audiobook needs - that’s where Playaway enters the picture! 

Playaway is a pre-loaded audiobook that gives us the portability and freedom to take audiobooks everywhere (small enough to fit in your pocket). No connectivity or downloads needed. Ever. They’re perfect for Hoopla and Libby users, non-tech savvy folks, reluctant and learning readers, people learning a second language, and audiobook lovers who want more listening options. 

The only thing you need to get started is a pair of headphones or an aux cord. We provide the rest. With over 400 titles (and counting) in our system, there’s something for everyone!

But wait, there’s more!

Playaways also come in Bookpack and Launchpad formats. Wonderbook is a print book with a ready-to-play audiobook inside. Launchpad is a preloaded tablet with content for kids, teens, and adults, designed with a simple, easy-to-use interface. No download time. No need for Wi-Fi. Access to powerful content is as simple as turning on each device — anytime, anywhere.

Playaways, Bookpacks, and Launchpads all promote literacy, increase vocabulary, teach pronunciation, build critical thinking skills, and improve attention span. For reluctant, learning, and second language readers, Wonderbooks can be a game changer. Readers can improve reading and comprehension skills, and build confidence in pronunciation, by listening and reading along.

Whether you grab a Playaway or Bookpack for fun or educational purposes, it's going to be your new favorite accessory!