Kathy Glennan and Nancy Lorimer
Playaway devices were developed in 2005 by Findaway World LLC. (http://store.playawaydigital.com/). A Playaway is described as a “self-playing digital audio book” and is a device that contains a pre-loaded audio file in a proprietary format called ACELP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algebraic_Code_Excited_Linear_Prediction). The device requires one AAA battery and a set of earphones for playback and listening. Playaways contain almost exclusively spoken word recordings, but some musical content is available as well. According to the distributor, the focus of Playaways will remain audiobooks. Given the nature of a Playaway device, these materials include aspects of both sound recordings and electronic resources. They should be described according to the rules in AACR2 Chapter 6 (Sound Recordings) and Chapter 9 (Electronic Resources).
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Playaway Cataloging Joint Task Force. (2008). Guide to cataloging playaway devices based on AACR2 chapters 6 and 9. Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/olac-publications/23/