Thanks to Brene Duggins and Sheila Allen for this post about FREE YA audiobooks from SYNC.
When someone on the Internet tells us that we can receive something for free, we have learned to be skeptical and rightfully so. But SYNC Audiobooks for Teens is totally free, no strings attached. SYNC started in the summer of 2010, to introduce the listening experience to a teen audience and to demonstrate that Required Reading can be completed by listening. Sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, the titles are delivered by OverDrive, the same program the Davidson County Public Library uses to deliver audio titles.
We have been with Audiobook SYNC since the beginning, Brene (1st year) and Sheila (2nd year). Through these past 6 years we have learned a lot, the biggest takeaway is that this is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of books with students and teachers, especially those reluctant readers that are more open to listening to a book rather than actually reading it. Some of the titles that are available each year are the beginning of a series, personally we have found that after listening to these we end up finding the rest of the series to read.
The great thing that you can share with students and staff is that this FREE resource is available to EVERYONE! No strings, just download the books each week. Remember to get them when they are available because once they are gone, they are no longer available to download! We listen to them in the car, doing yard work, in the bed, and even when taking a walk or run! Another tip is that you can download them on multiple devices. Laptop, iPad, Phone, etc.
So how do we get started….
Starting May 5th - August 17th, 2016, SYNC will give away two audiobook downloads each week (30 titles). Each week one contemporary title is paired with a similar classic title. These books are selected for students 13+ and cover a wide range of topics.
It’s easy to start, go to www.audiobooksync.com and signup for alerts when a new title is available. Titles change each week at 7am ET on Thursday mornings. Download the Overdrive app on your device(s) and follow the onscreen prompts.
To help you spread the word, SYNC has an Educator Toolkit with posters, bookmarks, and trifolds ready to use. By starting the downloads in early May, we can help students find and download the audiobooks on their personal devices.
Download them all, download a few, they are yours to keep.
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