TOY BOX: The Otis makes an audible difference

On the ride back from a recent trip to upstate New York, my friend suggested we listen to The Nanny Diaries. I reluctantly agreed. Much to my surprise, this became my first step towards becoming an audio-book addict. My second involves Audible's new digital player, the Otis.

On the ride back from a recent trip to upstate New York, my friend suggested we listen to The Nanny Diaries. I reluctantly agreed. Much to my surprise, this became my first step towards becoming an audio-book addict. My second involves Audible's new digital player, the Otis.

The miniature device, onto which users can upload book, newspaper, and magazine audio files, is so compact that it easily fits into any pocket. The available content - downloaded individually or through monthly subscription plans on audible.com - is vast. Users can pick books from The New York Times and Oprah bestseller lists, and the periodical selection is plentiful. User-friendly and portable as it may be, it has much too little built-in memory. The Otis comes with 64MB - barely enough to hold more than three books. Even if you download in the lowest-quality format, which won't sound nearly as good, it still takes up nearly 4MB per hour. Most novels run at least five hours. The verdict: Definitely use Audible's fantastic service, but on a player that is rechargeable and has more memory. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $119, or free if you buy a one-year subscription to AudibleListener Available at audible.com and gateway.com Specs The Otis is 75mm by 56mm by 19mm, and weighs 5.6 ounces. It is PC- and Mac-compatible, and runs on two AAA batteries.

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