Free Through SYNC, 30 Audiobook Downloads All Summer Long

AudiobookerStarting May 5th, SYNC offers two teen-friendly downloads every Thursday through August 17.  Now in its sixth year, SYNC has expanded to 15 weeks, with 30 free audiobooks ideal for your school’s summer reading list, your library’s summer reading program, or to choose as an audiobook option for your book club – so help spread the word about this wonderful program.

SYNC is a great way to introduce new audiobook listeners to the format since there is a wide range of titles for teens and adults—fiction, drama, nonfiction, classics, and short stories—many of them current award winners . To get patrons in the know, SYNC has provided a handy toolkit of promotional resources that schools and libraries can download. These items range from flyers, to posters with sound clip QR codes, to website banners, and logos for social media. Follow AudiobookSYNC on Twitter or Facebook and share to spread the word. Recent studies suggest that audiobooks aid in literacy development, so promoting SYNC is ideal for libraries looking for no-cost ways to future their literacy mission and for parents looking for ways to keep reading skills sharp over the summer. Sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, SYNC delivers files via the user’s personal OverDrive app –  a great first step that may encourage SYNC participants to become future uses of your library’s download service.

SYNC verticalHere’s how it works: listeners download the free OverDrive app to their personal device, then every Thursday they can download the two free titles from the SYNC website, which are available for a seven-day period. The SYNC listener can sign up for email reminders or text SYNCYA to 25827 for weekly alerts. No need for a library card—this is not connected to any library’s OverDrive collection. There’s even a dedicated SYNC Help Desk feature built into the website. It’s really easy to use—the patron does all the work and then has a collection of 30 audiobooks to keep forever—a value of over $500!

If you’d like more details on SYNC or need more information on the benefits of listening, check out an archived webcast I was honored to take part in through the OverDrive Resource Center — click on “Past Webcasts” to find SYNC Audiobooks for Teens–Summer 2016. You can view and listen to the webcast or download a PDF of the slides for further sharing.

Here are the free audiobook downloads through SYNC this summer:

100 Sideways Miles, by Andrew Smith (Tantor Media)

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby (HarperAudio)

The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez (Penguin Random House Audio)

Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan (Full Cast Audio)

Classic American Short Stories, by Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, James Feni- more Cooper, Mark Twain, and O. Henry (Naxos AudioBooks)

Divine Collison: An African Boy, an American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom, by Jim Gash (Oasis Audio)

Donny’s Brain, by Rona Munro (L.A. Theatre Works)

Egg & Spoon, by Gregory Maguire (Brilliance Audio)

Every Last WordEvery Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone (Ideal Audiobooks)

Fat Angie, by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo (Brilliance Audio)

Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith (Listening Library)

How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon (Recorded Books)

I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson (Brilliance Audio)

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers (HarperAudio)

Mandela: An Audio History, by Nelson Mandela (Highbridge Audio)

Most Dangerous : Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, by Steve Sheinkin (Listening Library)

Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta (Bolinda)

Pennies for Hitler, by Jackie French (Bolinda)

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, by M. T. Anderson (Brilliance Audio)

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, by James Weldon Johnson (Tantor Media)

The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph, by David Ring, David Wideman, John Driver (christianaudio)

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, by Peter Goodchild (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition, by Michael Pollan (Listening Library)

The Young WorldThe Sin Eater’s Daughter, by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic Audio)

The Young World, by Chris Weitz (Hachette Audio)

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Recorded Books)

This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff (Highbridge Audio)

Vivian Apple at the End of the World, by Katie Coyle (Dreamscape Media)

Words in the Dust, by Trent Reedy (Scholastic Audio)

Zac & Mia, by A. J. Betts (Dreamscape Media)




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.

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