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SYNC returns April 29, 2021

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+.

Returning Spring 2021,  SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week.   In 2020, 26 titles were given away over 13 weeks. Titles change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season.

Access Details

    • Titles are accessible in  Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.
    • Most listening devices are supported.
    • Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library  for a period of 7 days (only).
    • Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.


SYNC Program Questions

For questions about the program, titles, and how to use the tool kit to connect with teen students, library patrons, and other teen listeners, please contact the SYNC Manager at [email protected]

For Technical Assistance

Please contact [email protected]


Terms of Use

SYNC audiobooks are intended for personal use only and may not be copied and distributed under any circumstances.

Titles in the SYNC program appeal to a wide range of interests, maturity, and ability levels. Please preview the materials to decide if the titles match your personal needs.


Frequently Asked Questions about SYNC

Can I use Libby or the OverDrive app for the SYNC program instead of the Sora app?

The SYNC program will only work with Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You don’t need to be affiliated with a school to use Sora with the SYNC program.

First register for SYNC 2021. Then set up Sora.

How do I set up Sora? 

      1. Download Sora from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
      2. Open Sora and tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
      3. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync.
      4. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
      5. Tap Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles [SYNC 2021 starts April TBD]

I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles?

If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:

      1. In Sora, open the menu (in the top-right corner).
      2. Select Add a public library.
      3. Search for audiobooksync and select the library from the results.

When does each SYNC week start?

The SYNC week changes overnight Eastern time on Thursdays and titles are available through following Wednesday night Eastern time.

How long is each audiobook available in Sora?

To keep each audiobook you must tap borrow. Each audiobook is available to borrow for one week. Once you’ve borrowed an audiobook, it stays on your Shelf in Sora.

I missed last week's audiobooks. Can I still get them?

No, per our agreement with the publishers, audiobooks are only available during their featured week. 

If you miss an audiobook, we suggest borrowing it from your local library or visiting the title’s page on the SYNC website for purchasing options.

I have students/patrons who love audiobooks. May I give them copies of my audiobook in class or reading/listening group?

SYNC audiobooks are for your personal use only and may not be distributed to others. Please encourage students/patrons to sign up for the SYNC program and download their own copies.

Can I delete the titles from my device?

Yes, you can delete the downloaded audiobook files in Sora if you need to free up space on your device. If you delete the files, the title will stay on your Shelf, and you’ll be able to download and access it again.

To delete a downloaded audiobook’s files, tap the checkmark next to the title on your Shelf. Then, select Stream (when online).

PLEASE NOTE: If you RETURN an audiobook, it will be completely removed from your account in Sora and you’ll lose access to it once its SYNC availability period is over. We don’t recommend doing this!

Can I access the audiobook’s MP3 files?

No, you need to download and listen to the audiobooks entirely in the Sora app. There’s no option to download separate MP3 files.

My question hasn’t been answered. How do I get more help?

Please feel free to contact [email protected], and we’ll be glad to help.


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At the close of each SYNC season, we ask participants to complete an evaluation of their listening experiences during the previous weeks. We collect thousands of comments, as well as anonymized demographic information, from teens, librarians, teachers, and adult family members so that in each new season, we can make appropriate adjustments.


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