Recorded Books Playaway Content Now Available Directly from Findaway

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Findaway is now public libraries’ exclusive distributor of Recorded Books content on Findaway’s Playaway pre-loaded audiobook device.

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Releasing Recorded Books content to Findaway offers both companies a significant growth opportunity.

Recorded Books and Findaway announced today that Findaway is now public libraries’ exclusive distributor of Recorded Books content on Findaway’s Playaway pre-loaded audiobook device. This new offering gives Playaway’s public library, school, military and government customers a single location to purchase all of their pre-loaded audiobooks.

Nearly 6,500 Recorded Books audiobook titles have been added to the Findaway catalog. This content includes highly coveted authors such as Stephen King, David McCullough, Jodi Picoult, and Khaled Hosseini, as well as titles such as Frank McCourt’s "Angela’s Ashes," J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Jeff Kinney’s "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. Recorded Books content also brings a sizable number of language-learning and ESL programs, including the acclaimed Pimsleur Language series. In addition, customers will be able to purchase from an expanded selection of fiction in Spanish and other foreign languages.

“We are very excited to be able to share this expanded catalog of audiobooks with our current customers and to continue supporting Recorded Books customers with the industry’s best content,” commented Suzanne Galvez, vice president of content partnerships at Findaway.

In addition to giving Recorded Books customers one source for purchasing Playaways, Findaway will continue to provide marketing support, shelf-ready processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), 9XX grid functionality and MARC records.

“Releasing Recorded Books content to Findaway offers both companies a significant growth opportunity,” remarked Ed Longo, chief operating officer at Recorded Books. “We are enthusiastic about how this will extend the market for our content.”

While this change makes Findaway the sole source of Recorded Books titles in the library channel, pre-K through grade 12 school customers will continue to have the option to purchase through Follett School Solutions, Mackin Educational Resources, Perma-Bound Books, or Findaway directly.

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Recorded Books titles on Playaway are now available for purchase on shop.playaway.com. To learn more about Playaway pre-loaded products, visit http://www.playaway.com.

About Findaway
Findaway is a global leader in digital content delivery. With the invention of Playaway Pre-loaded Products, they transformed the way that audiobooks, eBooks, videos and learning tools are circulated in 40,000 libraries, schools, and military installations.    

Playaway, Playaway View, Playaway Bookpacks, Playaway Lock and Playaway Launchpad feature custom-curated content from the industry’s top publishers, studios and app providers.

Findaway also revolutionized digital audiobook delivery with AudioEngine, the industry’s largest B2B audiobook delivery platform that enables brands to deliver one of the world’s largest collections of digital audiobooks within their own experience.    

To learn more about Findaway and the Findawayers who make it all happen, visit http://www.findaway.com.

About Playaway
The Playaway pre-loaded audiobook was completely redesigned in 2014 and now features a backlit LCD screen that makes it easier to navigate content day and night, a book progress bar, chapter-status and battery-life indicators, and a repositioned audio jack that improves mobility and usability on the go! It’s everything listeners always loved about Playaway with features that magnify the user experience. More than 5 million Playaways have been sold to date.

About Recorded Books
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library and infotainment markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of more than 22,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides digital audiobooks and eBooks, as well as other compelling third-party content, including digital magazines and films, through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. The Company operates in the United Kingdom through its W.F. Howes subsidiary and in Australia through its Wavesound subsidiary. Recorded Books was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD.

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