Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Free Summer Audiobooks from SYNC

One of the things I love about summer is Sync's free program of audiobooks for teens. And, summer starts early at Sync: this week. From now through August 17, you and your teens can download two free audiobooks per week. For example, until May 11, you can download Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle (Dreamscape Media) and L.A. Theatre Works productions of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild. Each of the weekly selections pair a YA (young adult) title with a classic title on a related theme.

You can download the titles either to your computer or to a mobile device. There are instructions on how to do both on the site. The important thing to note is that you must download and install the titles during the designated week or you will miss the opportunity for those titles. You don't need to listen to them right away - they are yours forever once you install them. Here's a link to the complete list. I take advantage of the site's text service to be reminded of the weekly titles available and try to download them right away for later listening. I prefer the listening interface when I download directly to my phone, but the computer download option is best if you want to keep the books long-term. Just know that if you download to your computer and then transfer to a mobile device, it will come through as a music file, so won't have chapter bookmarks for easy navigation. 

I'm afraid I'm posting this late for Week one, so go to the site TODAY to get the first two books. They will be available until 4am PT on May 12. Then, the selection will switch to Week 2 books, which are The Sin Eater's Daughter  by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic Audio) and Divine Collision: An African Boy, an American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom  by Jim Gash (Oasis Audio).

Please note that your downloads cannot be shared or added to your collection. I download copies for myself because, of course, I frequently decide to purchase the books (if I don't already have them) and promote them at my library, but they are intended for individual listening by teens. The site includes a whole toolkit of promotional materials to share at your library with your students. 

Happy listening!