I just discovered something fantastic. I'm very excited about this, and I don't even listen to audiobooks all that much.
SYNC, an online community (it's a Ning, like the Nerdfighters community) that wants to build up a bigger audience for audiobooks, is giving us all FREE audiobooks for the rest of the summer.
On top of all that, they are books you will actually WANT to read--or listen to in this case--because they are good!
They give you two titles each week--they started on July 1, so you have only the remainder of today to get this week's selection--one YA novel and one "classic" that goes along with it. The books might have similar themes, one might be a retelling on the other, both might have horrifying monsters--you get the idea.
Without further ado, the schedule:
July 1 - July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
July 8 - July 14
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
July 15 - July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
July 22 - July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
July 29 - August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
August 5 - August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
August 12 - August 18
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
August 19 - August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
August 26 - September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
This is what you need to do!
1. You go to the SYNC website.
2. You click on the "YA Literature Listeners: Watch video and enter here" link. Or you can just click the word "here" right here.
3. Click the "Download audiobooks" link, or this one [Note: That particular link might expire when the two titles this week change, be warned. Just use the link to SYNC in that case.] It tells you some stuff about the books, like that they're in MP3 format and so forth, and that you must first download OverDrive, which takes less than five minutes and is also FREE. You'll need that program later.
4. Once you've downloaded OverDrive, on the audiobook download page (link up in #3), you will see the two book titles on your right, under the green SYNC logo. Click "Get your SYNC Link" for the book you want (you can go back and get the other later).
5. It will ask for your name and e-mail, type them in and hit "Submit"--you'll be redirected to the actual download page.
6. Click "Get your SYNC Link" again
7. Click "Download (Whatever book you choose) Now!"
8. Overdrive, the program you downloaded earlier, will pop open, ask you where you want your book stored, click "Okay" and then ask what parts of the book you want, just tell it to download them all--the default option.
9. When your book has fully downloaded, it's in OverDrive whenever you want it. You can burn it to a CD (or several) or easily transfer it to your iPod or other MP3-capable device. Like your phone. Or your Kindle. *Pulls Kindle out of bag, downloads books onto Kindle*
This whole process takes less than five minutes. Trust me.
What's awesome is that even though each title is only free for a week, the download never expires--those books are yours FOREVER. Meaning the next time your parents decide to drag you halfway across the country by car, you have something to entertain yourself with that doesn't involve hitting your siblings, fighting with your siblings, throwing things at your siblings until they finally notice, shoving things up the nose or in the ears of your sleeping sibling...you get the idea. And don't pretend you are "too old" to do any of those things. I'm in my 20's and I STILL do all of those things to my younger brother and would do far worse to him if I didn't know he could now hit harder than I can, and run faster.
If you want to, you can even use the Ning community to talk about the books you're listening to, or you can talk to us on Facebook or here on the blog. Or in person, because I'm around the library every day (mostly).
So go download free books now!
And here's the link to SYNC again...just in case scrolling up to look for it sounds too much like work.