A First Peek at SYNC 2019

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 10, 2019

A First Peek at SYNC 2019

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.

 

SYNC's 2019 summer season will be 14 weeks long. That's 28 free audiobooks for anyone 13 and up! Season opening is Thursday, April 25, with a new pair of thematically linked titles offered each Thursday and for one week only. The finalized list will be announced at the end of this month. In the meantime, we can tell you that the following publishers deserve our and your thanks:

  • Blink!
  • Brilliance Publishing
  • Candlewick on Brilliance
  • Dreamscape
  • Full Cast Audio
  • Hachette
  • HarperAudio
  • L. A. Theatre Works
  • Listening Library
  • Naxos AudioBooks
  • Oasis
  • Recorded Books
  • Scholastic Audiobooks
  • Tantor

Among the 28 titles, you'll find plays (including Shakespeare), narrative nonfiction, fantasy, a bit of romance and a bit of mystery, #OwnVoices, and biography, autobiography, and some history, too. There is a wide range of performance styles, too, including narrators you've enjoyed in previous seasons, asked to have included in this, and some full cast readings as well as a couple of author narrations. The program will again be delivered through OverDrive (but not the Libby app!) and again these titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep (again, for individuals to keep, not by institutional collections). We will publish our usual toolkit with all the information you need regarding rules and technology and you can expect to have that in hand more than two months before the program begins.

Excited? We are, too!



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