Get out your earbuds.
It’s not quite ready for primetime, but you are definitely going to want to share SYNC with your students and teachers and parents before they all leave for summer break. Consider sticking this all over your website and blog too.
Seeking to build the audience (13 and older) for audiobooks, the online community plans to give away two free audio downloads each week:
a popular Young Adult title paired with a Classic title that appears on Summer Reading lists–starting July 1 through September 1, 2010.
The download schedule for Summer:
Available July 8 – July 14
Available July 15 – July 21
Available July 22 – July 28
Available July 29 – August 4
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Available August 5 – August 11
Available August 12 – August 18
- Coming Soon…
Available August 19 – August 25
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Available August 26 – September 1
SYNC is hosted by Audiobook Community Ning, a new social networking site for the discovery of audiobooks. Young listeners are welcome to take part in the optional book-related networking opportunities which will include authors, narrators, publishers, librarians, and other listeners.
Librarians and educators are invited to spread the word and join the community, to create profiles for their institutions and reading initiatives, and to be part of discussions about titles, narration, and listen-alikes.
Some tools for sharing: