audiobooks

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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Where in the World Can You SYNC?

Where in the World Can You SYNC?

Read More Did you know you can download many of 2018's free SYNC audiobooks anywhere in the world? AudioFile Magazine works with both large and small audiobook publishers each SYNC season to acquire a summer's worth of audiobooks for teens and international rights vary from title to title. This year, however, comes with a listening bounty for international listeners.
SYNC 2017 by the numbers

SYNC 2017 by the numbers

Read More We’re hearing how excited you are about AudiobookSYNC17. You know we are, too. As we put the finishing technical touches on a grand season that will be 16 weeks long, we've noticed some startling figures. How much audiobook time is included in those 32 audiobooks? The math kind of bowled us over. See how it sounds (oops, pun) to you:

Keep your OverDrive app up to date!

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If you're a librarian in a public or school setting, whether or not your library subscribes to OverDrive, be sure your community understands how to update apps in general and why it's a necessary housekeeping task.  The OverDrive app is, of course free; however, any app you have obtained legally includes access to its latest updates for free.  You don't have to acquire it again, just update it, the way you make sure that you've checked for the latest weather news instead of assuming last summer's forecast remains in effect.

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