This Thursday (26 April) at 7 am EDT, AudiobookSYNC’s 9th season officially opens. Sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, in conjunction with OverDrive, and contributions from 14 audiobook publishers, SYNC provides its participants with two free audiobook downloads per week across its 13-week run. The audiobooks have been selected for their high appeal to teen listeners, both for school-related summer reading and for entertainment.
Since SYNC’s inception, many public libraries, teachers, and school librarians have become enthusiastic promoters of the annual event. The downloads are for individual use only and cannot be added to library collections. However, since they can be downloaded on any device and by anyone 13+, they provide an excellent programming mechanism: alternative format for assigned reading, discussion group material which all group members can access simultaneously and at no cost, theater arts exposure, and more.
With rights varying across national borders, only US downloaders (including those on military bases anywhere in the world) have access to all 26 titles. Canada, this year, has access to 25 of these, while 19 of the 26 are, indeed, available to anyone anywhere. Each week’s pair of titles is connected by theme, performance style, or subject matter. And each pair is available for only one week. When the new pair arrives on the SYNC site on the subsequent Thursday at 7 am EDT, the former pair is no longer available for free download.
The SYNC site is filled with all sorts of helpful information, including the calendar of pairings, promotional posters, technical advice, and listen-alike for each title. You can follow SYNC–and get involved in sharing ideas and responses to listening with other SYNC participants–on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Tell a teen, tell a teen librarian, tell a teacher, or just go ahead and listen yourself.