AudioBook SYNC Blog

An All-new SYNC Season on Its Way

An All-new SYNC Season on Its Way

Read More With our 28 titles selected for the 2019 SYNC season, we’re ready to start introducing you to some of the listens you can anticipate. This week we’re sharing what’s on its way from the first two publishers to respond to our annual invitation for audiobooks to share with teens and to help teens build their very own audiobookshelf.
A First Peek at SYNC 2019

A First Peek at SYNC 2019

Read More This year marks the 10th anniversary of AudiobookSYNC and our publishers are celebrating by offering a wide range of free audiobooks to build your personal listening shelf. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce the titles publisher by publisher (as soon as all the contracts are completed!). Today, however, we can give you a lot of details to feed your own and your teen listeners' anticipation.
Challenge Your Listening

Challenge Your Listening

Read More Our host AudioFile Magazine has created a new year's celebration challenge for audiobook listeners. This challenge allows anyone who wants to give themselves a bit of a push the opportunity to decide how much of a listening push works for them.
Calling Teen Photographers

Calling Teen Photographers

Read More In our upcoming season of AudiobookSYNC, we'd like to feature the work of teen photographers on our Instagram account. In January, we'll announce some of the weekly themes so the kids you know who are camera buffs can take and send us some work.
Best Audiobooks Announced for 2018

Best Audiobooks Announced for 2018

Read More It's that wonderful season when "best of the year" lists of movies, books, and, yes, audiobooks, are blooming throughout the land. Some are long, others short. Find and use as many as you can for a rich and wide awareness of what all is available to read, hear, see, and discuss.
Looking for Your Teen Audiophiles

Looking for Your Teen Audiophiles

Read More We're just now through the first half of November and are delighted to tell you that next summer's program is already taking shape. As of now, we already have the first baker's dozen of titles for our 2019 program.
When teachers and parents recoil

When teachers and parents recoil

Read More Whether or not you're a fan of audiobook listening for your own narrative enjoyment or learning, if you read our SYNC blog even in the off-season, you recognize both the appeal of the format and its role in encouraging youth to engage with well constructed and well performed literature. What do you do when that recognition you have becomes the doormat for someone else's heavy-booted rejection of this combined literary-performance art form?
More than "reading aloud"

More than "reading aloud"

Read More When we collect a season's worth of free audiobooks to share with teens during SYNC, content is just one of two important factors we consider. Performance, we know at AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE, is what makes an audiobook an audiobook rather than a recording of someone simply reading aloud.
Power in a Personal Library

Power in a Personal Library

Read More Many of us involved in developing, maintaining, and spreading the word about AudiobookSYNC as an annual program for teen listeners are also big believers in libraries and their collections. Free access to a vast array of choices underwrites our--and teen--access to unbounded intellectual freedom.
Listen Up for Teen Read Week

Listen Up for Teen Read Week

Read More We're half way through the annual Teen Read Week celebration developed and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Because we at SYNC are all about listening literacy, we have some resources to help you share a love of listening to books with teens this week.
Literacy for Civic Engagement

Literacy for Civic Engagement

Read More As teachers and librarians know, literacy is a lot more than reading: it's a whole suite of skills that allow the literate person to reach beyond what they know from personal experience, to discover information and ideas, and to use these to understand more and better about the world and themselves. Whether the literacy skills involve visual reading, listening reading, video observation, or critical evaluation of directions, being literate provides teens and adults with the ability to make social changes through civic engagement.
Conversation Can Help

Conversation Can Help

Read More Banned Books Week is a celebration of intellectual freedom, our right to read (including reading with our ears), with the annual publication of titles that have had to be defended against would-be censors. Ever wonder why so many books appearing on the annual Banned Books Week list were published for children and youth?
5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

Read More By the time we're in our teens, we're expected to be able to read not only books but also complex directions, ingredient labels, news accounts, and more both fluently and with a good grasp of the content as well as how that content might be meaningful. Reading is a part of every high school course, including mathematics, art, and vocational track programs. Teens who read with facility, however, may have fallen into the habit of speed reading or skimming, neglecting nuances that are, in fact, important to comprehension of the text in full. Listening to audiobooks--at the speed each was intended to be played--can help good readers become better critical thinkers, empathizers, and engaged citizens. Here's why and how:
STEAM into Audiobooks

STEAM into Audiobooks

Read More Although we may often reduce audiobooks as an art form to the work of the author--the content and writing style--and the work of the performer--delivery--there are actually many other careers audiobooks can lead teens to consider.
An audiobook listener's menu

An audiobook listener's menu

Read More How do you find audiobooks that make you want to to listen all the way through--and then feel a little sad when they've run their course? How do you talk about audiobooks with teens and others whom you are trying to help find good audiobooks options?
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