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Old 01-16-2016, 08:50 PM   #16
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SYNC Help --> for additional info see FAQs about SYNC


* What/Why/Who is SYNC?
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What? -- SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 25, 2019, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. In 2018, 26 titles were given away over 13 weeks.

Why? -- SYNC introduces a variety of audiobook experiences to teens to demonstrate that reading can be completed by listening.

Who? -- SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. In advance of accessing the program, download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!
* Are these audiobooks mine to keep or am I just borrowing them?
  • They belong to you. Once downloaded, they are yours to keep forever.

* Download Details
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  • Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible
  • Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app
  • Most listening devices are supported
  • Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only)
  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep
* SYNC Download Prep
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You must have the OverDrive App or Software to download SYNC titles. PLEASE NOTE: The SYNC program does not work with the Libby app.

Download and Install the OverDrive App or Software on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. (SYNC titles won't play without it!) You may transfer titles from your computer to an MP3 player (including iPods).
* SYNC Download Help
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Having trouble?

Make sure your OverDrive app or desktop software is up to date. For more help installing and using OverDrive's app/desktop software, visit OverDrive Help.

For Additional Help, please email synchelp@audiofilemagazine.com

[see above link for detailed instructions on how to download these books to your devices]
* Frequently Asked Questions about SYNC
  • see this link for questions and answers

* I use the Libby app. Can I use this for SYNC titles instead of OverDrive?
  • We are sorry but SYNC will only download using the OverDrive app. It will NOT work with Libby.

* Do any of these audiobooks have DRM restrictions?
  • No - they are delivered as DRM-Free MP3s.

* How long am I allowed to download the audiobook?
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You may download the audiobook onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep.
* Do I need a SYNC account to download these audiobooks?
  • No - SYNC does not require a user account and does not maintain records of the audiobooks you download. All you need to download these titles is a username and email address.

* Do I need an OverDrive account to download these audiobooks?
  • No - OverDrive does not require a user account and does not maintain records of the audiobooks you download. OverDrive acts as the host to deliver these audiobooks during a 7-day window. After that, these audiobooks are no longer available as free downloads.

* Does SYNC or OverDrive keep copies of my audiobooks on their servers?
  • No - since neither company requires user accounts, they have no need to keep backup copies.

* I missed last week's audiobooks. May I still get them?
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We are sorry, but no. Per our agreement with the publishers, the free audiobooks are not available after their original download week (ending at 7am on a Thursday morning). SYNC no longer has access to the audiobook files.
* What happens if I lose my audiobooks?
  • Hopefully, you have backup copies. If not, the files may still be available somewhere on your computer or media device. If not, then you're out of luck. There's no way to legally get them back for free. See previous questions.

* Should I make backup copies of my audiobooks?
  • Yes, most definitely! - make additional copies of your audiobooks in a separate folder on your computer outside of any third party software. Also, make copies on an external hard drive and/or flash drive and/or SD card and/or cloud service and/or CD/DVD. Neither SYNC nor OverDrive maintain records/copies of your downloads. If your only files get deleted or corrupted due to user error, device failure, or third party software compromise, you may end up losing your audiobooks. See the next question for a real life example.
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***Please note: These are large files that will quickly fill up your smartphone/tablet, and these titles may disappear from the OverDrive app after software upgrades. For long-term access to SYNC audiobook files, please save them on your computer and transfer them onto a smartphone or tablet when you are ready to listen, or download titles to both devices in case you want to remove them from your mobile device later.
* Were audiobooks lost during the 2013 iOS 7 update?
* How do I know if I got the whole audiobook?
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You should see a message that indicates your device is downloading each part of the audiobook. You can also check to see if all of the audiobook’s parts have downloaded successfully using these steps:

Spoiler:
If you have OverDrive’s desktop software for Windows or Mac: Right-click (control-click on a Mac) on the audiobook in OverDrive’s software and select “Download.” A popup notice will let you know if all of the audiobook’s parts have already been downloaded, or will prompt you to download missing parts.

If you have OverDrive’s app for Windows 8: Click or tap on the audiobook in the OverDrive app, then scroll all the way to the right. You should see a list of audiobook parts that shows which ones have downloaded successfully, and allows you to download missing parts.

If you have OverDrive’s app on any other device: Look for the “Files” section of the app. This section will list how many of the audiobook’s parts have downloaded successfully. If an audiobook is incomplete, you should be able to open it from the “Files” section of the app and download the missing parts.

If you are unable to download missing parts for your audiobook using the steps above, search your device for the .odm file, then delete all old .odm files.

Once you’ve deleted the old .odm files, return to www.audiobooksync.com from your browser and start the process again.
* How do I recover incomplete downloads?
  • See this post from koland in the closed "Current Audiobook Specials" thread.

* Do any of these audiobooks have geographic restrictions?
  • Yes, 11 of them do - see Listeners Outside the U.S. for a listing.
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    Many of you living outside of the United States would like to know if SYNC is available to you. Of course we want you all to participate, but some of the individual titles have international restrictions that originate from the original publisher contracts. If you are accessing titles from an IP address within a country restricted by rights we are sadly unable to provide the titles. Our apologies! If you are on a US military base outside the US and having issues please email us at sync@audiofilemagazine.com
* Previous Years
  • SYNC Audio 2019 --> 14 weeks / 28 titles --> 25 Apr ~ 01 Aug 2019
  • SYNC Audio 2018 --> 13 weeks / 26 titles --> 26 Apr ~ 25 July 2018
  • SYNC Audio 2017 --> 16 weeks / 32 titles --> 27 Apr ~ 16 Aug 2017
  • SYNC Audio 2016 --> 15 weeks / 30 titles --> 05 May ~ 17 Aug 2016
  • SYNC Audio 2015 --> 14 weeks / 28 titles --> 07 May ~ 12 Aug 2015
  • SYNC Audio 2014 --> 13 weeks / 26 titles --> 15 May ~ 13 Aug 2014
  • SYNC Audio 2013 --> 12 weeks / 24 titles --> 30 May ~ 21 Aug 2013
  • SYNC Audio 2012 --> 10 weeks / 20 titles --> 14 Jun ~ 29 Aug 2012
  • SYNC Audio 2011 --> 08 weeks / 16 titles --> 23 Jun ~ 17 Aug 2011
  • SYNC Audio 2010 --> 08 weeks / 16 titles --> 01 July ~ 01 Sep 2010 --> 1st year of program

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