Support Beyond Free Audiobooks

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, April 19, 2019
With less than a week to go before SYNC 2019's opening day on April 25, we have some bells and whistles to share. First of all, if you have any questions about the OverDrive interface needed to access the 28 free audiobooks throughout the summer, be sure to register for next week's free webinar. If you're in a position to help others with access issues, the webinar will also be helpful as we'll explain some of the "why's" you might be asked.

Promoting SYNC Locally? Be Authoritative!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 11, 2019
We love seeing the publicity pieces many of you are compiling and promoting locally to draw attention to SYNC! Thank you! To make sure we all have our facts straight, let’s review some of our own publicity so that yours can be accurate.

Let's Discuss

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 4, 2019
Our weekly audiobook pairs typically share themes while contrasting in treatments by the authors of those themes and providing different narration styles. That makes each pair a good choice for discussion groups! If you plan to include programming or class time to such discussions, we have some tips to help you get listeners engaged in taking that next step from personal experience of an audiobook into talking about listening’s effects.

Clean Up Your Virtual Bookshelf for New Arrivals

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 28, 2019
While it’s true that we can never have too many things on hand to read, whether with our eyes or our ears, virtual space does get filled just as physical bookshelves can become crowded. With less than a month to go before SYNC 2019 kicks off, now is a good time to do some spring cleaning to make sure you have space on your phone, in the media space on your computer, or wherever else you stash audiobook downloads.

The Power of Pairing

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 21, 2019
During each week of the SYNC season, we place two thematically related audiobooks on offer and for keeps. Why a pair? We have lots of reasons and are sure you’ve discovered a few more, if you are a SYNC veteran.

A Decade of SYNC

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 14, 2019
We’re celebrating our tenth year this SYNC season! How are you planning to help spread the word about this proven program that supports teens’ access to great books and new listening?

We've Got a Toolkit to Help You

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 7, 2019
We know teachers, librarians, and other group leaders who share information about and activities related to SYNC are busy, so each year, we create and update a Toolkit to help you in promoting the program and answering common questions.

Realistic Fiction (X 4)

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 28, 2019
We’re welcoming Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library’s return this summer and their generous provision of four titles for teen ear-reading. Each of them serves a portion of contemporary teen life in America, in realistic stories and authentic voices.

Imaginative Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 21, 2019
We’re delighted to welcome Recorded Books and Tantor Media back to SYNC for the 2019 season! They are providing listeners with a total of four audiobooks that include three #OwnVoices titles, each tinged with traces of fantastic elements, and some nonfiction from a popular science author who tells fact as though it were hilarious science fiction.

Welcome Back, Scholastic and HarperAudio!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 14, 2019
Two audiobook publishers who are longtime SYNC supporters have been generous again this year, providing four highly reviewed young adult novels between them. Thank you Scholastic Audiobooks and HarperAudio! It’s always a delight sharing your audiobooks with teen listeners.

New SYNC Season Coming: Variety in Tale and Telling

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 7, 2019
As we plan each new SYNC season, we work to include a variety of performance techniques as well as subject matter. As much as possible, we search out brand new and older titles both, because we want to give teen listeners opportunities to experience audiobooks conveying as wide a range of possibilities as are available. To meet all that criteria, both Dreamscape and Hachette annually step up to give access to audiobooks that offer many experiential paths listeners can take.

That’s Brilliance!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 31, 2019
One of our contributing publishers who annually steps up to provide a whole handful of free audiobooks for teen listeners is Brilliance Publishing. This year, they’re doing it again and oh my, the audiobooks coming your way from them!

Three Months to Go!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 24, 2019
Now that SYNC is entering its tenth year, we can look back and notice how some audiobook publishers have returned year after year and provided teen listeners with listening experiences they might still keep to hear again and again across the decade.

An All-new SYNC Season on Its Way

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 17, 2019
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 10, 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.

Challenge Your Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 3, 2019
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 20, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 29, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 15, 2018
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.

A pause for recognition

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 8, 2018
November brings multiple holidays which carry themes of gratitude, including Veterans Day and Thanksgiving in the US, as well as Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We'd like to pause here to thank you, too.

When teachers and parents recoil

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 1, 2018
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"

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 25, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 18, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 11, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 4, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 27, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 13, 2018
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

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 6, 2018
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?

Heading Back to School as a Listener

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 23, 2018
Schools are opening everywhere for the 2018-2019 academic year. As you head back after a summer of SYNC, prepare to discover that you've learned more than just the content in your free audiobooks.

What Teens Said about SYNC 2018 Titles

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 16, 2018
We heard from teen listeners, librarians, educators, and adults, too, with responses to our 2018 selections. You can read an overview of the end of season survey returns on the AudiobookSYNC web page, under the Toolkit tab (SYNC 2018 Results).

Listening in August

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Today's the last day to respond to our survey. While we await the final submissions and work through them all, we've asked you on various social media channels to share what's in your headphones right now.

What Do You Say?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 2, 2018
Thanks to all of you SYNC listeners who have already sent back our annual program survey! We use these results annually to build a better and more satisfying program of free audiobooks for the next summer.

So now what?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 26, 2018
Just as we heard from many of you the past 10 days or so, we'll miss SYNC 2018 edition, too. Thank you for joining in the listening and audio bookshelf-building! What happens now?

Adventures Abound

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 19, 2018
Our final week of the 2018 SYNC season brings a couple of special audiobook treats. Both are likely to surprise you and offer good reminders that, when we’re open to making discoveries, both adventure and insight are going to follow.

Roots in Colonial New England

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 12, 2018
Our 12th week of AudiobookSYNC 2018 brings us a pair of novels with distinctly Puritan Colonial roots. Thanks to Listening Library for providing them.

Overlooked Heroines

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 5, 2018
This week’s pair of audiobooks gives listeners excellent opportunities to challenge themselves to see beyond assumptions that some girls just can’t be worth meeting.

Ambition’s Curse

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 28, 2018
This week we’ve paired a classic most high school students will encounter before graduation with a contemporary gothic novel that offers a good introduction to the genre.

Take Pride

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 21, 2018
We’re celebrating Pride Week this year with a teen novel and a stage play. Be sure to catch both of them!

Juneteenth Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Juneteenth holiday is just the right time for the pair of audiobooks we offer this week. The last day to download the pair is Juneteenth itself, so you have seven days to be sure you have them, and even have time to get some listening done to give the date more meaning in your own life. The occasion of Juneteenth, dating from 1865, is a good time to celebrate both freedom and equal rights.

Dangerous Judgments

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, June 7, 2018
Most people would prefer to explain themselves than to have judgment fall on them based on other people’s views. How often do we pause in our lives, however, to consider whether our own judgments of others might be unfair?

Changes

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 31, 2018
Both of the audiobooks you can download during this Week 6 of our 2018 program have won AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award for excellence. Listeners will be quick to understand why as they settle into these stellar teen novels.

When Love Surprises

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 24, 2018
Here we are at Week 5 of SYNC’s ninth season! How’s all the listening going where you are? We’d love to see you share your responses and pictures, too, on any of the social channels we follow (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, too).

Making Space for Yourself in the World

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 17, 2018
In Week 4, both titles in our audiobook pair are brought to us courtesy of Listening Library. Both feature strong girls who meet challenges to their self assurance with a balance of standing up for themselves and accepting the support of those who wish them well.

Running Scared

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 10, 2018
For Week 3 of SYNC 2018, we’re offering a pair of audiobooks in which boys are running for their lives. Some teen listeners will identify with one or another of these young people while others, through listening, can discover empathy for circumstances in which they have never found themselves.

Venturing Abroad

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 3, 2018
Welcome to Week 2 of our 2018 SYNC season! This week’s pair of audiobooks includes a nonfiction and author-narrated book that will take you places you might find beyond imagination, and a novel, also performed by the author, about which we’re sure you’ve heard friends enthusing.

Stories with Histories

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 26, 2018
Week 1 of our 2018 season is here! Both titles of our first week’s audiobook pair offer fiction rooted in history with which teens are familiar and arrive with author and narrator names many will recognize. What better way to introduce the new season?

Just 7 More Sleeps!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 19, 2018
The 9th season of SYNC and free audiobooks for teens opens in just one week! Have you put all your local teens onto the news that 26 audiobooks can be theirs for free and to keep as the summer unfolds?

Where in the World Can You SYNC?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 12, 2018
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.

Be Prepared to Share Downloading Help

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 29, 2018
SYNC's partner OverDrive provides the technology for our summer program. Understanding how to make the best use of OverDrive is important to successful downloading of 2018's 26 free audiobooks.

Still Thinking about Whether to Promote SYNC in 2018?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 22, 2018
As AudiobookSYNC heads toward its 9th season, more and more teachers, librarians, and parents have discovered its benefits to the teens with whom they work and live. We know, however, that finding support for any new program can require supplying data and testimonials to administrators unfamiliar with the reasons why something--even a free something--might be helpful.

Teen Voices

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Listening Library has donated several titles to our free audiobook program this year. Thank you!

Announcements!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 1, 2018
We have LOTS of news this week so hang on to your tea cup and get ready for AudiobookSYNC 2018!

Comedy on stage

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 22, 2018
The ever-generous L A Theatre Works this year returns to AudiobookSYNC with a stage comedy recorded in front of a live audience. Laughter is a necessary ingredient in all our lives and we're appreciative for the big dose listeners will receive here.

Extending a Classic

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thanks to Scholastic Audiobooks, our new season program includes a classic adventure every teen knows recast with steampunk sensibilities that both those new to the genre and those familiar with it from manga will find engagingly refreshing.

Racing against the Clock

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 8, 2018
HarperAudio has generously provided several titles to AudiobookSYNC for 2018. This week we're announcing an only slightly futuristic novel with dual narration.

A Good Book in a Perfect Format

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Thanks to Hachette Audio, we'll be sharing a funny, entertaining, and genuine novel in its perfect medium: the audiobook. Here's a story that requires closed eyes and open ears to gain all 110% of its riches.

Amid the Folds of Time

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 25, 2018
We have a lot of gratitude we want to pass along to you about our announcement this week. First, thanks to Macmillan Audio for participating in the 2018 SYNC season, and welcome!

Honestly, SYNC18 is Coming Your Way!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thank you Dreamscape for supporting SYNC's 2018 season with the first in a popular series that combines realism, romance, humor, and the strength needed to be honest...with oneself.

Sweetly Nourishing

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 11, 2018
We are happy to welcome Live Oak Media back to the 2018 SYNC season and grateful to them for providing an audiobook with magic, bakery goods, and an abundance of charm.

Discovering the Present in the Past

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 4, 2018
Thanks to Brilliance Publishing, we are able to offer several of their productions this summer during SYNC's 2018 season. Among them is a detective story likely to surprise both teen listeners and those who might remember way back to the mid-20th century.

Seeing the Invisible Girls

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 14, 2017
We try to collect a healthy mix of older and new titles, fiction, and nonfiction, for each SYNC summer season. Thank you this week to Oasis for contributing a contemporary nonfiction audiobook for 2018.

History in Story

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 7, 2017
We're so pleased to have both Scholastic Audio and narrator Dion Graham returning this coming summer. Thank you for continuing to support SYNC!

Working Together

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 30, 2017
We are so happy to welcome back Dreamscape Media as a generous donor to next summer's SYNC program. Thank you, Dreamscape!

Going to the Amazon

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Who comes to mind when we say "Arthur Conan Doyle"? Did you know that, in addition to his perennially popular and brilliant detective, this author also wrote science fiction and fantasy?

Yes, we DO have 2018 titles!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 9, 2017
After our most successful season yet, thanks to you and to our generous contributing publishers, we went to work immediately to start building 2018's audiobook list. And we are acquiring some exceptional choices!

What's Next?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 17, 2017
It's a wrap! Over the past 16 weeks, you've had the opportunity to download 32 free audiobooks to keep forever, and now we want to hear more from you.

Changes

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Our final week of the AudiobookSYNC 2017 season features a pair of powerful novels about do-over lives, performed in artful celebrations of the audiobook medium. We hope you find them an excellent last call for SYNC 2017 and that you want to come back to them again as well as to SYNC in 2018.

On the Eastern Front

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
AudiobookSYNC’s penultimate week of the 2017 season takes a journey back to World War II’s Eastern Front. A well-researched teen novel and a memoir reveal lesser known stories of young women involved in the war.

On the Move

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
AudiobookSYNC participants with a yen for fantasy with historical twists are in for a treat with this week’s free audiobook downloads. This pair offers some steampunk, some alternative history, and a pair of protagonists who are clever and brave.

Dark and Revealing Fantasies

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This week, AudiobookSYNC offers a pair of dark fantasies in which young people are pitted against the odds of survival. The sceneries may be fantastic, and yet there are real-world matters at their cores.

Tasting Reality

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
During Week 12 of AudiobookSYNC’s season, our pair of free audiobooks includes a nonfiction exploration of flavor and a teen novel in which food also plays a significant role.

Head and Heart

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 6, 2017
In our eleventh week of AudiobookSYNC’s eighth season, our pair of audiobooks presents friendships that require work to create and to maintain. Both titles are realistic contemporary fiction, one performed as an audio drama and the other as a novel told from multiple characters’ viewpoints. After all, that’s how friendship is: more than a single voice with a single perspective.

Audiobook Group Discussion Guide [Week 10]

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Saturday, July 1, 2017
Each summer, the AudiobookSYNC program offers a library of downloadable audiobooks for teens to keep. The selections change each week and free downloading is limited to the week each title is featured. The free audiobooks are presented in pairs, sharing a theme.

To Be American

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
With American Independence Day falling during AudiobookSYNC’s tenth week, it seems right to turn to a pair of audiobooks in which the possible meanings of being American lies at the core.

Young and Powerful

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Our AudiobookSYNC offerings for Week 9 include the audiobook debut of the earliest published stories from a teen who later became a prolific fantasy author, and a second that delves into the true history of the teens and women on whom Colonial America’s witch hysteria focused.

American roots, American branches

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
During Week 8 of AudiobookSYNC, our pair of free audiobooks features American cultural history that may be new to many listeners. Both come from insiders, rather than providing viewpoints from outside the cultures they portray.

Crossing the Line

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 7, 2017
AudiobookSYNC’s seventh week of the 2017 season brings you a pair of audiobooks in which invisible and highly significant lines are crossed by daring characters.

Wise Beauty, Wiser Beast

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
In recognition of high school’s traditional evening of high fashion and romance, the sixth week of AudiobookSYNC 2017 offers a pair of free audiobooks that will satisfy prom-goers, prom-avoiders, romantics, and cynics alike. Both take inspiration from the folktale of Beauty and the Beast; however, each is unique and more nuanced than any Disney version.

When Others Define You

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 25, 2017
The pair of audiobooks offered by AudiobookSYNC this fifth week features characters who have been required to conform to identities chosen for them. Many teens have felt this put-upon sense that conflicts with self-identity, although usually they are caught in less extreme circumstances than the young adults we meet here. Listening to these audios, then, can awaken both empathy for others and insight about.the difference between relying on social pressures to conform and recognizing one's own identity as essentially one's own responsibility.

Looking Outward

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
It’s Week 4 of AudiobookSYNC’s free audiobook program! This week, the pair of audiobooks you can download for free and to keep invites listeners to consider what might be happening around them. Stepping away from attending to our own self-interest to notice how others are affected by circumstances and events is a big step toward developing empathy.

Teen Voice Power

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 11, 2017
We come to our third week of AudiobookSYNC 2017 with two audiobooks celebrating teens who speak from the heart. Poetry and diaries both cut to the essence of what we need to say, and the voices teens can hear this week may inspire the articulation of their own feelings, thoughts, and concerns. Both of these audiobooks are short, offering good listening introductions for those new to the audio format.

What's the Human Future?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 4, 2017
Week 2 of AudiobookSYNC 2017 features a pair of audiobooks that take us into possibilities for the future of humanity. Both have been popular in audio since they first became available, and every new listener can quickly understand why.

Welcome to AudiobookSYNC’s eighth season!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 27, 2017
We kick off with a pair of audiobooks each of which provides a great blend of horror, quirks in time’s effects on main characters, and the invitation to ask who each of us believes ourselves to be. What do we know about ourselves, really, or how accurately others judge our actions?

Countdown to Summer of SYNC

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 20, 2017
April showers bring---SYNC opening day this year! It's just one week away. That's just enough time to run through a final checklist of SYNC-related preparations:

SYNC to the rescue--of avid print readers!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 13, 2017
With just two weeks left until showtime, we're seeing many of you posting messages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that share your excitement, anticipation, and, in some cases, newfound discovery, of SYNC. Thank you and keep getting the word out there!

Audiobooks and SYNC are for avid readers too

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 6, 2017
If you aren't an avid audiobook listener yourself and you're new to SYNC, you might wonder if the teens in your own life "need" audiobooks. Others experiences and considerable research show that the answer is "yes."

SYNC 2017 by the numbers

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 23, 2017
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:

Young teens, middle teens, older teens--all listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 16, 2017
AudiobookSYNC is committed to offering teens all along the age spectrum some great summer listening. Since potential SYNC participants range from the early teens of middle school through graduating high school students, we work to include audiobooks that include some that speak to all, some skewing to the higher end of the teen range, and some to the lower.

Refresh your OverDrive app skills

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, March 10, 2017
We all know there are going to be questions about how to download, store, transfer, and use our SYNC titles as soon as the new season opens. To help all of you help others, OverDrive is hosting a brief webinar on 30 March so we can discuss application updates and more.

American dreams

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 2, 2017
One of the unique strengths of listening to books is the seamless communication of verbal culture. How words are pronounced correctly, and inflections and emphases that communicate cultural specificity, arrive intact allowing the listener to engage more deeply with what lies beyond the words.

Memorable characters

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 16, 2017
The AudiobookSYNC 2017 season includes a host of engaging--and some terrifying--characters. Teens likely have met some of these in popular culture versions and may be surprised to find their stories as conceived in original and alternative accounts.

Nonfiction for summer listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 9, 2017
Genre fiction makes good summer listening. So does nonfiction, and we have a number of award-winning titles coming this summer that give teens engaging opportunities to explore science, culture, and history.

Groundhog's Day on SYNC 2017

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 2, 2017
On February 2, our eyes turn to the local groundhog as a prognosticator of Spring's arrival. In keeping with the day's theme of shadows, we're announcing some 2017 AudiobookSYNC titles in which shades and shadows occur.

Old friends, new friends greet 2017 list at ALA

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 26, 2017
A long weekend of award presentations and powerfully stated author addresses made for an exciting American Library Association Midwinter meeting. Adding to the buzz was the announcement of the AudiobookSYNC 2017 list in the Exhibits Hall.

Superstar authors

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 12, 2017
Our AudiobookSYNC roster, as we try to make it every year, mixes brand new writers and ones either you or the teens in your life will instantly recognize.

Recordings that intensify great books

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Thanks to both publisher generosity and an ever developing use of the audio medium to extend great books' potential, we have some classic gems turning up on our AudiobookSYNC 2017 roster.

Classics without snoring

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 29, 2016
Our 2017 season is robust with confirmed titles now, including two classics from our generous contributors at Naxos AudioBooks. Both have become source stories in a variety of popular media.

Familiar voices, new stories

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 15, 2016
As our 2017 SYNC season continues to take shape, we're happy to welcome back some of your favorite narrators--performing books we think will be either new to you or to your teens.

SYNC audiobooks and civic engagement

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, November 18, 2016
How is it that a program that seems to encourage the experience of building a personal collection and listening to audiobooks as an individual also encourage civic engagement? We've seen how that happens as many of you shared your support work with teens in accessing SYNC in 2016.

L.A. Theatre Works returns in 2017

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 17, 2016
Experiencing professional theater provides a literary dimension many teens miss in their personal and school lives. We are grateful for L.A. Theatre Works continued support of AudiobookSYNC as a way to share the collaborative work of playwright, actors, and audience.

First title approved for 2017!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, November 2, 2016
We're so happy to be able to announce that 2017's SYNC season has its first official title confirmation. Even better, our first confirmation is by an author who is a true audiobook lover who produced this one, with a narrator who has a big fan base among SYNC listeners!

Digging through audiobook opinions

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 27, 2016
Have you been paying attention to the increasing variations in opinions from editorial and blog writers about how to compare and contrast audiobook listening with reading?

Explorations, not prescriptions

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Have you introduced teens or adults to how to make good use of reviews as media consumers? Reading reviews is an excellent way to open our consideration beyond what seems to be advertised on every screen we open. Learning about the medium in general, as well as a specific title, can also happen in our review reading.

Exercise Your Freedom to Listen

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Banned Books Week is upon us and, for about a decade now, this initiative to draw attention to intellectual freedom has included audiobooks as a literary expression demanding our protection.

Have You Told Us?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 25, 2016
Our big guide to choosing each year's AudiobookSYNC Audiobooks for Teen Listeners is the feedback we hear from you after each season.

A Classic Finale

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Our final week of this year’s AudiobookSYNC program features a pair of titles you’ll want to download and hear again and again.

American Revelations

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
While it’s comforting to believe we know what is happening around us, there are times when we really aren’t aware of how others are managing what we know about our shared America. In our penultimate week, we’re happy to be able to share two award-winning titles that give listeners opportunities to discover American life and lives in new ways.

Truthful Historical Fiction

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 27, 2016
No matter the genre, good fiction has the capacity to present truths more directly and accessibly than any other word-based communication. We tell and listen to stories for entertainment—yet, just as significant to us is that these entertainments reveal reality compactly and with memorable coherence. Week 13 gives us a pair of historical fiction novels that breathe life back into times past.

Getting Beyond Colonial Occupation

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
During Week 12, we meet a pair of 20th century African headliners who changed the world forever. Both became world renowned while still active in transforming how we understand the world and the legacies of both continue to inform the possibilities that emerge on every continent.

The Art of Community Renewal

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Week 10’s pair of audiobooks both feature cities in the aftermath of devastation—and how picking up and starting over can be achieved even when the present seems to be a nightmare.

Holiday Picnic Listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 29, 2016
We all know that nature is essential to the support of human life and—that we as humans demonstrate a continuing capacity to manipulate nature. This week’s pair of SYNC audiobooks offers us alternative ways to plumb the meaning of this dichotomy.

Perception or Reality?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
This week’s pair of free audiobooks from SYNC includes a highly popular novel from acclaimed young adult author David Levithan, and an audio drama from Scottish playwright Rona Munro that will likely be new to all listeners here.

Discussing Identity: Audiobook Discussion Group Guide

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, June 17, 2016
James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 novel offers us an opportunity to talk about how identity, in contemporary America, continues to elicit an array of strong feelings, public messages that may conflict with private behaviors, and awareness of differences between the identities we apply to ourselves, and those applied to us by others. We hope that you consider hosting a discussion of this audiobook after you and the group you host have the opportunity to listen to it.

History in the Making

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This week’s pair of audiobooks explores America's racial awareness across more than a century, giving us pause to consider what we mean when we think about our own identities against the background of what others say we must be.

Stories in Two Voices

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
This week, our pair of teen audiobookss asks that we consider how our understanding of a story from the narrator’s point of view must expand when the story comes from two different narrators with two different viewpoints of their shared world.

A New Lease on Life

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
This week’s pair of AudiobookSYNC titles provides stories of lives challenged by serious disabilities and the people who get beyond enormous odds to attain vitality.

Finding Her Own Voice

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
This week, AudiobookSYNC’s pair of free titles include a character-driven novel published less than a year ago, and another, built on folklore, that has won more than half a dozen youth book awards. One realistic fiction and the other fantasy, both give us stories about girls who seem to be nearly overcome by their situations, only to discover the power of their own voices.

The Boys Are All Right

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Adventurous, full of bravado, self-centered: is this really what teenaged boys are made of? In this week’s pair of free audiobooks, we meet a couple of teenaged boys who are also reflective, secretly sensitive, and clearly aware of the real shortcomings of the adults surrounding them.

Prisoners in Fantasy and Fact

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This week’s featured audiobook opens a new and already popular fantasy series. Paired with it is a true-life account by an attorney who played a significant role in changing the destiny of a young man a world away from the author’s home.

Challenging Beliefs

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 5, 2016
AudiobookSYNC 2016 has now launched! Welcome to a summer of listening and free audiobook downloads that are yours to keep for year-round listening.

Put Your SYNC16 Plans into High Gear!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 28, 2016
With just one week to go before our all new, 15-week season opens on May 5, let's touch on some tips and tricks to help you and your teens make this a successful season of free audiobook listening.

Your Ideas Continue to Lead to Our Actions!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thanks for your ongoing generosity with ideas, images, and descriptions of how you would like to and how you already do promote teen access to FREE audiobooks all summer! Both our Twitter (@audiobookSYNC) and our Facebook page (SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens) are rich with suggestions you all are making or showing.

Tips, Tools, and Training

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, April 12, 2016
We're excited to see so much enthusiasm in social media from AudiobookSYNC veterans who know just how they are planning to make use of the 2016 program locally. To help those of you who are newer to it, this post offers several places where you can find help or inspiration.

The Places This SYNC Summer Takes Listeners

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Some audiobook listeners are looking forward to summer travels while many others will be staying close to home, doing all our traveling through books. Either way, our 30 FREE audiobooks this season will take you a lot of places!

Thank you, AudiobookSYNC sponsors

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 24, 2016
As we prepare to open our seventh AudiobookSYNC season, we know you are preparing programs and displays to help get out the word about a summer full of free audiobooks for teens.

Upcoming titles and a new tool!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
With the relaunch of our website providing the toolkit with information on pairings and dates, you already know we have two more titles to announce here. And we have more information to tell you about in this post as well!

Announcing yet another Printz!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
We are rich with award winning titles this year, including ON THE JELLICOE ROAD, by Melina Marchetta, an Australian novelist who is both popular and the subject of praise from critics, teachers, and even kids who haven't much cared for reading before meeting her characters.

A classic announcement and notice a current contest!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Among the classics we are thrilled to offer through the 2016 SYNC program is a 100-year-old book likely to surprise many teens with its account of race and racism as experienced by a fictitious hero who lives first as a black American and then as a white man.

SYNC at the Theater

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
This summer, AudiobookSYNC participants will have access to two theater pieces. One is fiction while the other acquires its script straight from the record of a court case that altered public education almost a century ago.

The Russians are coming in 2016!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Among the many highly praised titles we bring to listeners starting in May 2016, is EGG & SPOON, popular literary author Gregory Maguire's novel steeped in Russian folklore.

A classic for a new generation of listeners

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
SYNC provides a pair of audiobooks each week during the summer, with one being something very new for teen listeners and in publishing generally, with the second being a classic and/or something of high interest to secondary school students.

So many award-winners coming in 2016!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
With the most recent Youth Media Awards celebration at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting, we now have lots and lots of award-winning titles for AudiobookSYNC 2016!

A Prize Winningest Title

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Wow! Talk about award winning books coming your way for the 2016 AudiobookSYNC season! This one holds claim to the 2015 Printz Award, Best Book and/or Best Young Adult Book of the Year from numerous libraries and journals, and has been optioned by Warner Brothers.

We've got titles for 2016!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, October 30, 2015
While you've been listening to all the audiobooks you downloaded through the AudiobookSYNC program during this past summer, we've begun working on next summer's list.

Keep your OverDrive app up to date!

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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.

Week 14: Remembering where we've been

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

We end this fine SYNC summer with two World War II stories which demonstrate how important the roles of both author and narrator are to listening and and literary appreciation.

Week 13: The heat of American history

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

You'll hear powerful characters in the intense titles that are paired this week--as well as slices of the American experience that continue to resonate today.

Week 12: The March Family

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Civil War experiences of a New England family make for another easily matched pair from SYNC this week.

Week 10: Let's Go Traveling!

Written by Michele Cobb on Monday, July 6, 2015

We are off on adventures this week with SYNC, so take your free downloaded audiobooks on the road for great listening this week!

Week 9: Matters of Faith

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This week on SYNC, we have a pair of audiobooks featuring characters who are exploring the role of faith in their lives.

Week 7: WW II as Lived by Young Women

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AudioFile Magazine and audiophiles love great recordings, and tales full of challenging situations with fascinating characters only get us more excited.

Week 6: Mother Nature

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This week Mother Nature and the audiobook narrators Henry Leyva and Richard Davidson take us into dangers at sea and have us right where they want us--wrapped right up in the challenges faced by these books' protagonists.

Week 4 Enchantment and Empathic Emotion

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AudioFile editors get to listen to new audiobooks all year long, and as we listen, we often note special recordings that would make excellent additions to SYNC. We also review the many reading lists, published by schools and public libraries, with their suggestions of titles teens would enjoy. By noticing shared themes between these two sources we discovered this week's likely pair.

Week 3 and the voices of Harlem

Written by Michele Cobb on Monday, May 18, 2015

You're invited to meet the people of Harlem in the 1930's and 1940's, and one very particular young man who would, from there, speak to the world.  Take the opportunity to accept this week's invitation to Harlem through these voices.

Week 2: Great Authors and High Achieving Orphans

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Victorian London offers a rich setting for all kinds of stories. It takes skillful writing to create singular characters as riveting as that time and place, and accomplished performers to give those characters the voices they deserve.

Final countdown to SYNC 2015!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Are you ready?  Have you made sure the teens you know are all set to take part in this free program that, over the course of the summer (starting tomorrow!) gives them the opportunity to download, listen to, and keep 28 audiobooks?

Start spreadin' the news!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April is here so that means SYNC's new 2015 season begins next month!  We are hearing buzz about it in some wonderful quarters and hope you'll share with us how you are getting out word to the teens in your own community. 

Full SYNC line-up 2015

Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earbuds program, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive, kicks off its sixth year with an exciting lineup that includes bestselling authors such as Walter Dean Myers, Louisa May Alcott, Terry Pratchett and Melissa de la Cruz.

First title announcements for 2015!

Written by Michele Cobb on Thursday, January 29, 2015

We are pleased to share 26 of the 28 SYNC free audiobook download titles for 2015. The season starts May 7th and ends August 13th - encourage your friends, family, students and patrons to sign up for title alerts via email (above) or text (text SYNCYA to 25827).

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