Playaways? Imagine if someone managed to make a simpler version of an already simple product -- the audio book. That is a playaway. A playway is a self-playing, pre-loaded digital media player that is so easy to use. There are audio and video versions, although up to this point, we only have experience with the audio books.
Cuyahoga Library branches carry many playaway books and videos.
My children have popped their headphones on and have listened to everything from literary classics to the latest Rick Riordan tale. Sometimes they find the printed book and read along. Other times they just listen. The playaways are user friendly and so portable. There is always huge value in hearing something read to you, rather than just reading it yourself. In my spare time, I've listened to Anne of Green Gables (one of my favorites) while rereading it again. I've looked into purchasing some, but they are rather pricey. However, we'll continue to borrow our library's copies for now. Hope you find some near you.