Download free audiobooks for your summer reading

Download free audiobooks for your summer reading

Every year since 2010 the good people at AudioFile magazine have made it their mission to put tons of FREE audiobooks in the hands of teens (ages 13+) all summer long so they can introduce teens to the joys of the listening experience. Last year nearly 172,000 (!!) audiobooks were downloaded via the SYNC program.

If you are or know a teen who loves to read (or who just might fall in love with reading this summer), this is fantastic news. But there’s good news for the rest of us: these books are available to anyone with a web connection and the ability to use (or learn to use) the Overdrive app.

This year’s program runs from April 27 – August. SYNC gives away two complete audiobooks downloads each week: that’s 32 titles total and you can view the whole list right here. The two audiobooks are paired with purpose—you could call it a mini book flight.

Titles are delivered via the free Overdrive app. Many of you know and love Overdrive because it’s the same app you use to borrow books from the library. It functions the same for SYNC titles, with one important difference—once you download these titles, they’re yours to keep, forever.

SYNC gives away two downloads each week, all summer long. Titles are only available for 7 days and change every Thursday morning. Sign up here for notifications when new titles are available, or text syncya to 25827 for alerts on the new titles releases.

The offerings have always been solid and this year’s are no exception. I’m most excited about titles from Christina Diaz Gonzales, Ruth Sepetys, Douglas Adams, Mark Schatzker, and Deirdre Riordan Hall.

Audiobook files can be large (especially if you’re running out of storage space on your iPhone, ahem). I have Overdrive on my desktop so I can download each title I’m interested in without sweating the storage space, and sync them to the phone app when I’m ready to listen.

I hope this resource provides you with abundant summer reading. I adore audiobooks, but they can be expensive. Take this opportunity to try new titles for free!

If you’re hooked on audiobooks—or just want to give them a try—these MMD resources are for you: 40 favorite audiobooks (yours and mine), 40 favorite audiobooks for kids, how to listen to Audible audiobooks for free (with Amazon Prime/Audible Channels), the beginner’s great big guide to audiobooksa trick to save big on audiobooks, and 3 hacks to listen to Audible audiobooks without a membership.

If you have any Overdrive tips and tricks, fantastic summer audiobooks to recommend, or past experiences with the SYNC program, please tell us all about it in comments.

Happy reading, everyone!


  1. Liz Ekstrom says:

    This is amazing! I just downloaded, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is on my TBR. I’m going to sign up for the alerts so I can get more. Thanks for telling us about this!

      • Liz Ekstrom says:

        I downloaded the app onto my Mac. Then I just clicked on the link for the book and it downloaded. I didn’t link it to the app on my phone for storage reasons. I’m not sure how to get it to work for mobile.

  2. CGinAZ says:

    Thanks so much for this. I just downloaded the OverDrive app, and my first two audio books. So looking forward to a summer filled with new experiences.

  3. Gina Boyer says:

    Neither of these titles are available on Overdrive through my library system. Since this is the case, am I to assume there isn’t a way to download these?

    • Chelsey says:

      Since the Sync program isn’t through a library, you should still be able to download them! The Overdrive app is just a vehicle for downloads, not solely connected to your library. I hope that helps!

  4. Gina says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I’m going to keep an eye on the titles – many of them seem a little bizarre so thank you for sharing the ones you’re excited about. I loved Between Shades of Gray. I’d love to listen to it.

  5. The joy of summer for every teenager out there means a lot .Reading some good books makes them to learn and have fun both at the same time.Thanks to guys at the magazine who devoted their time to make the summer holidays fornour kids bettercand joyful.

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