The no-hassle audiobook

The new Playaway takes the work out of audiobooks: no downloading, uploading, or loading of any kind needed. It's an all-in-one player that contains one book and runs on a single AAA battery — just plug in your headphones, hit play, and listen. The player's limited features include allowing you to place "bookmarks," control the speed of the reader, and skip chapters. Just remember you might need to change batteries if the little AAA can't make it all the way through War and Peace, and it might lose your place from time to time, according to Gearlog. If you think of it like a kindly old man from the library reading to you, it's really not so different. Prices are pretty steep compared to paperbacks, ranging from $35 to $55 — more on par with high-end hardcovers.

Playaway: Self-Playing Audiobook, via Gearlog