Sync: Free audiobooks all summer!

Two top titles to download every week – one classic, one YA – to hook listeners young & not-so-young on the best in audiobooks. Perfect to promote in school & public libraries and classroom summer reading lists. A feature to include in displays kicking off June is Audiobook Month. Fantastic vacation family listening. And a simple way to keep kids involved with great books over the summer break. What a terrific collaboration of the Audiobook Community! Here’s the scoop straight from the Sync website:

• SYNC is an online community that seeks to build the audience for audiobooks among readers 13 and up.

• Each week, SYNC will give away 2 FREE downloads–a popular Young Adult title paired with a Classic title that appears on Summer Reading lists–starting July 1 through September 1, 2010.

SYNC is hosted by Audiobook Community, a new social networking site for the discovery of audiobooks.

• Listeners can choose to join a conversation about these titles with authors, narrators, publishers, librarians, and other listeners. (Listeners are not required to join Audiobook Community to follow the conversation on SYNC nor to download FREE titles from SYNC.)

How can Schools, Libraries, & Bloggers Participate?
• Tell your patrons, students, and readers about this opportunity.

• Use any of the SYNC tools to lead readers / listeners to the FREE downloads of great YA and Classic audiobook titles.

• Become a member of Audiobook Community and join the SYNC group within the community.

• We encourage educators, librarians, and others to create profiles for their institutions and reading initiatives.

• Be part of discussions about titles, narration, and listen-alikes.

There’s an entire toolkit with customizable printable posters, bookmarks & flyers, promo newsletter / website copy, logo, Sync image and website banner. Include info on your school or public library website, on summer reading lists, or classroom newsletters. Or just enjoy the fantastic resources for your personal listening pleasure. 😉

Here’s the list of titles and download dates:

Available July 1 – July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
by Mary Shelley

Available July 8 – July 14
Over the End Line
by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Available July 15 – July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 – July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 – August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Available August 5 – August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Available August 12 – August 18
Coming Soon…

Available August 19 – August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Available August 26 – September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

So many of my personal favorites here, from Odyssey Award Honor titles to the first book in the The Hunger Games Trilogy – with plenty of lead time before the release of Mockingjay on August 24th. Thanks to all of the participating audiobook producers & OverDrive Media for supporting this initiative!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

4 Comments on "Sync: Free audiobooks all summer!"

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  1.' Katy says:

    This is great! I am sharing this… Also, can’t wait for Mockingjay!

    • Mary Burkey says:

      Always glad to recommend good stuff to a former student – now a full-fledged employed librarian 😉 I was lucky enough to be invited to the Scholastic Mockingjay party at BEA last week where I heard Suzanne Collins read the first chapter aloud! Release day is the first day of school. Do you think reading Mockingjay on the job will fly ?

  2.' Jeanenne says:

    I am looking forward to this and will pass it on to colleages.

    Thanks so much.

  3.' Mariyam says:

    I am simply thrilled!!I am sharing this right now!!

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