Before the holidays, I was contacted by the PR firm for Franklin Electronic Publishers and asked if I would like to review their AnyBook Reader for use in memory keeping. Knowing how much I treasure the audio recordings from my grandparents, I jumped at the chance to see what this device could offer my scrapbooking process.
The AnyBook Reader is a 6.5″ wand that allows recording and playback of messages, each attached to a special electronic sticker. The reader comes with 20 different pre-recorded sounds (and 5 stickers of each sound), but these are more meant to accompany children’s books. Blank stickers are used to record personalized messages.
Packaging – While the AnyBook Reader is encased in plastic, there is no cumbersome clamshell to figure out how to open. The two pieces of plastic slip apart easily.
Assembly – I needed a small phillips screwdriver to open the battery compartment, a nice child safety and durability feature. Except for the batteries, the AnyBook Reader is ready to go straight out of the box.
Usage – The AnyBook Reader is one of the simplest gadgets I’ve ever operated. It does one thing and does it very well. The instructions for recording and playback were perfectly clear.
This device holds a lot of possibilities for scrapbookers and their families. It can serve as a unique way to hide additional journaling or to extend the story further. Because of the ease of use, the biggest opportunity I see for the AnyBook Reader is engaging children and grandparents to tell their own stories and link them with your photos and scrapbook pages. I can even see scrapbookers designing pages with inclusion of the small AnyBook stickers in mind.
Your Chance to Win
One lucky Simple Scrapper reader will win their very own AnyBook Reader. Simply leave a comment before noon CST on Wednesday, February 2 sharing your very best tip for scrapbook journaling. Entries that do not follow the instructions will be deleted.