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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like a Great 2020

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like a Great 2020

Read More Opening day for AudiobookSYNC’s 2020 edition is still four and a half months away but indications are that it is going to be one fabulous season of listening possibilities! We have set the start date (30 April) and have received agreements with a wide array of publishers. We know that the old OverDrive app will be retired from programming service and instead we’ll be using the Sora app. And yes, there will be a toolkit to help publicize the program and webinars to help everyone get up to speed on how to use the new app access point.
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November Celebrates Indigenous Voices

Read More When it comes to discovering authentic voices, nothing beats the well cast audiobook. November calls for us to recognize America's First Peoples and there are many available titles written by tribally enrolled authors AND narrated by tribally enrolled actors as well. Listen up!
Behind the Scenes, 2020 Is Already in Progress

Behind the Scenes, 2020 Is Already in Progress

Read More Our decade-old summer program providing teen listeners (and others) with the opportunity to build a personal audiobook library may seem like it lasts only about three months each year. As those of you who do any kind of work that involves delivering a complete project can imagine, we work on AudiobookSYNC-related programming all year long.
Listen to Other Listeners

Listen to Other Listeners

Read More Back in January, we shared AudioFile Magazine's 2019 slate of audiobook listening challenges. Now the calendar year is winding on and the school year has got its motor running, we want to recall your attention to a way to engage super readers with the joys of written language--yes, through audiobooks.
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Audiobook Narrators Are Deep Readers

Read More While celebrities and authors often receive a lot of publicity related to audiobook narration, professional narrators bring deep skills to performing most of the quality audiobooks available to us. Often trained (and regularly working) as actors in other venues as well as behind the audiobook recording mic, they also tend to be inveterate, curious, and serious readers. That translates into quality performance.
Meeting SYNC Boosters at Conferences

Meeting SYNC Boosters at Conferences

Read More Much of what we do at SYNC and at AudioFile Magazine keeps the people who do it and the people who are happy we do in separate spheres on most workdays. We work remotely and yet we are frequently working "with" each other. One of the pleasures of taking SYNC awareness to conferences is getting to meet some of you all face to face and hear your own voices.
Technology Update: Mac Access to SYNC Downloads

Technology Update: Mac Access to SYNC Downloads

Read More In recent weeks, we have been hearing increased concerns from SYNC fans about how recent changes in technology may affect your previously downloaded SYNC audiobooks, and/or affect future access to our annual summer program. To address your concerns, we bring you this update which contains information pulled from a variety of relevant sources.
What Is Listening--Really?

What Is Listening--Really?

Read More We frequently note the importance of improving listening skills as a route to better social and civic engagement. What exactly happens when we listen, in distinction to what hearing means?
Put Some Hand Snacks Near Your Headphones

Put Some Hand Snacks Near Your Headphones

Read More While many people consider audiobook listening to be a sidelight of a physical activity to which they are giving priority in their planning--whether the mundane tasks of cleaning house or the aspirational ones of training for a marathon--a lot of times audiobook listening happens when we're sitting around.
You Can't Listen in a Hurry

You Can't Listen in a Hurry

Read More There ae some things we can do in a hurry and some that, when we hurry, no longer can be done. While we can eat and drink in a hurry, we need to slow down to savor what we eat or drink. We are generally pretty good at reacting in a hurry and less good at crafting the best response when we hurry to supply one instantly.
World Kid Lit Month in SYNC Reflections

World Kid Lit Month in SYNC Reflections

Read More September is a lot of things, including National Library Card Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s also World Kid Lit Month so we took a look back at the 10 years of free audiobooks we’ve offered to see how many came from beyond the US. With just 10 days left in the month, you still have time to go back through your collection and listen to some World Kid Lit:
Teens Listen Back in Time

Teens Listen Back in Time

Read More For those who are in constant want of new narrative listening, the world of podcasts is rich and deep--and free! This week we remind you of a couple such podcasts that speak specifically of and through teens who are using their voices and their ears to examine teen history.
Audiobook Actors Outside the Booth

Audiobook Actors Outside the Booth

Read More Our host, AudioFile Magazine, is featuring the vast array of day jobs audiobook narrators hold, or have held, beyond their work in the booth. We think teens will be amazed by some of the possibilities for their own pursuit.
Listening Is Reading: The New Research

Listening Is Reading: The New Research

Read More As the new school year swings into opening days, and you find yourself with a nicely filled shelf of new audiobook listens, we thought we'd call your attention to recent research about the benefits of listening. These benefits include ones of mental and physical health, academic engagement, and pure relaxation and wonder-feeding.
Thanks for Letting Us Know!

Thanks for Letting Us Know!

Read More Thank you to the nearly 4,000 SYNC participants who took the time to provide us with responses to our 2019 survey! We use this information to build a better program each year so be assured that your opinions are noted. We heard from teen listeners, librarians and teachers, parents and grandparents, and adults who might be teenless but have a deep interest in audiobook listening.
We Need Your Input!

We Need Your Input!

Read More As you might imagine, preparing for next SYNC season of free audiobooks starts even as the current season winds down. As we begin our outreach to publishers to start collecting titles for you to download next year, we need your evaluation of this year's program.
What's Next?

What's Next?

Read More By now, you may be in possession of as many as 28 new audiobooks for your listening enjoyment. SYNC's 2019 season of free audiobooks has run its course. However, we don't disappear when the season ends. What can you expect until the free audiobooks start up again next spring?
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Magic?

Read More Our final week of SYNC’s tenth season comes with a pair of audiobooks that are kissed by the possibility of magic. We hope this finale brings you both immediate delight and the invitation to keep exploring both your own world and those created and presented through the many audiobooks available all year at your library.
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Who's Choosing Your Role?

Read More We make assumptions about other people in our lives all the time—and yet, we also know that assumptions others make about us can be way off base. This week’s pair of audiobooks explore just such situations and let listeners consider both sides of the assumption trap.
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