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Planning SYNC Tie-in Programs

Planning SYNC Tie-in Programs

Read More AudiobookSYNC has been a staple in a variety of teen summer reading programs where listening to books is (rightfully, we think) accepted as good summer reading engagement. We always work to get some titles onto the annual roster that reflect popularly assigned books from required summer reading lists, too.
Book Group Suggestions

Book Group Suggestions

Read More Have you started planning a book group or other media discussion program for summertime? Remember that SYNC can be a great resource for everyone in the group to have access to a selected title.
SYNC for Graduate Students in Education and Library Science

SYNC for Graduate Students in Education and Library Science

Read More As veteran participants know, our SYNC program targets the interests and some academic needs of teenagers. Each summer we offer free-to-keep audiobooks to individuals (not institutions) and takers may well fall outside that specific target age range. One such participant group we’ve heard about, and celebrate, are the graduate school instructors who share SYNC with their students as a way to encourage their broadening of their own reading tastes and preferred format choices to include new titles of high teen interest presented in authentic voices.
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Coming in 2020: New Nonfiction and Award-winning Fiction, Too

Read More We're continuing to thank all the publishers who make the AudiobookSYNC program possible with great listening selections for teens. One of our generous returning publishers is Brilliance Publishing, who again this year is providing audiobooks they’ve produced from a couple different book publishers, including Candlewick. Oasis Audio, another longtime SYNC supporter, is also returning for another summer of SYNC audiobook giveaways.
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A Round of Applause for Inspiring Listeners

Read More This week we are featuring three returning publishers who reliably provide AudiobookSYNC participants with unexpected gems. All four of these contributions to SYNC give listening readers opportunity to experience the importance of tones and accents in creating and maintaining characters as well as supplying mood information that conveys important plot points.  
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.
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