Playaway Books Now Available

We are so pleased to be able to offer Playaway audio books to our patrons, starting Monday, November 4th.

What is a Playaway, you ask? It’s an audio book that requires no WiFi, no CD player, no paid subscription, and no downloads. You simply put a AAA battery in the top of the Playaway, plug in your headphones, and you can listen to your audio book. Playaways are small, perfect to take on your run; tuck into your pocket when you’re walking the dog  or getting your to-do list done at home.

You can also listen to Playaways in your car! Simply use your auxiliary cord to plug into the Playaway and listen through your radio.

Here are some of the most common questions about Playaways:

How big is a Playaway and how much content can it hold?

Playaway is about half the size of a deck of cards and will hold the audio for an entire book, up to 60 hours of playtime.

What does the audio sound like on a Playaway?

Playaway is pre-loaded with high-definition audio. This audio is unsurpassed by any other format today.

Why can't I add, delete or transfer content on or from Playaway?

In order to protect the copyrighted works of authors and publishers, you are unable to make copies of Playaway. But you can share them with friends just like you would lend your new bestseller.

How does Playaway compare to audio on cassette or CD?

Playaway is more convenient and easier to enjoy than juggling multiple CDs, cassettes or a separate player. Playaway allows the listener to control the speed of the narrator's voice and automatically bookmarks the last place they left off after powering down.

How does Playaway compare to digital downloads?

Playaway is the best way to listen, unplugged and uninterrupted. Playaway comes pre-loaded with great digital content, so it does not require subscriptions, memberships, or even an Internet connection. Just plug-in your headphones and listen wherever you go.

Can I use another set of headphones with Playaway?

Absolutely. Playaway was designed with a universal headphone jack to work with almost any type of headphones, speakers or car adaptors.

Can I use Playaway in a car?

Yes. Playaway was specifically designed to use most commonly available cassette adaptors and FM transmitters. We also provide portable speakers for your Playaway that allow for on the go audio.

How do I change the battery?

Locate the battery door at the wide base of the unit. Look for the notch holding the door in place. Firmly using your thumb, push up and away on the notch to open the battery door. Add or change the battery and snap the battery door back into place.

How long does one AAA battery last?

Every Playaway comes with a standard Energizer AAA battery, which provides an average of 20 hours of playtime. For HD Audio Playaways, the average playtime is 30 hours. Rechargeable batteries are also compatible with Playaway; playtime will depend on the brand.

How do I know how much battery life is left?

A small battery icon is displayed on the LCD screen. There are four levels of battery life, each represented with a bar. The lowest level, one bar, indicates that 20% of battery life remains.


You can check out Playaways from the Marion Public Library. They check out for three weeks, are renewable (as long as no one else is waiting for it!), and can be returned to any library in the Metro Library Network. We will be adding to our collection each month, so look for popular, up to date titles for Adults, Young Adults, and Children.


To locate Playaways in the Metro Library Network catalog, type “Playaway” in the search bar and hit enter, or click on this link to see what is available:


We hope you enjoy this new addition to the Marion Library collection. Playaways are also available through the Cedar Rapids Public Library.