June is Audiobook Month – and a perfect time to plan how to get your teens psyched about Sync. Sync is an initiative to promote audiobook listening by young adults coordinated by the Audiobook Community, an open, uncensored, unbranded social network connecting audiobook narrators, producers, authors and fans. To entice new listeners, top audiobook producers have donated two FREE audiobooks ‘ a week – one YA book paired with one classic title – from July 1st to September 1st. And you don’t need to be a teen to download – ‘ teachers, book clubs, parents looking for family vacation listening, and adult YA lit fans will be psyched about Sync as well! Plus, there’s an entire toolkit to help you promote Sync in your public or school library: customizable printable posters, bookmarks & flyers, promo newsletter / website copy, logo, Sync image and website banner. Spread the word about this great FREE promo that can help you boost listeners of your audiobook collection by creating themed displays and listen-alike lists – or join the Audiobook Community and share ideas in the Sync discussion group! Here’s the nearly-complete list of titles:

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

What great selections – Odyssey Award Honor titles, movie tie-ins, summer reading list stand-bys, and the first book in so many great series.’  Happy listening!

About Mary Burkey

Mary Burkey is a middle school teacher-librarian, audiobook addict, and author of Book Links Magazine's audiobook column "Voices in My Head."

5 Thoughts on “Psyched about Sync: Free Audiobooks!

  1. This is extremely exciting and so timely. I had been brainstorming about how to provide audiobooks to students on a theme by theme basis, available for download for a limited time (shortened time frames encourage action). Now all I need to do is figure out how to recreate this in my library.

  2. Veronica F. on June 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm said:

    the teens (as well as many adults) at our libraries will be thrilled to get The Hunger Games.
    Bloody Jack and Wondrous Strange have also been popular

  3. Trisha on July 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm said:

    A little help is needed – I followed the links above for the books available this week, but cannot find any way to download them. I also went to Sync’s website and found the books listed as “available” this week, but also cannot find a way to download them – only to listen online – not a good option as they are very lengthy and my daughter will not sit in front of a computer for 5+ hours – I’d rather be able to download it to her iPod…….any suggestions?

  4. Here’s what I told Trina – and it worked like a charm 😉

    Hi Trisha!

    You need to download the free OverDrive software to your computer. Then you use the OverDrive program to download the audiobooks to your computer & iPod. The sync website has a very complete how-to here: http://www.audiobookcommunity.com/page/sync-link

    Hope this helps!

  5. Francisca Goldsmith on May 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm said:

    Time to update this info for members. SYNC is now in its 6th year and already in full swing this year. http://sanjuanislander.com/opinion/columnists/view-from-the-library/18972

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