Monday, June 1, 2015
It's June! That means it's Audiobook Month!
Yes, it's that time of the year again. Audiobook Month. A chance to celebrate audiobooks and post one of my favorite Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" memes.
Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular as people find they have less time to read -- particularly for pleasure. I tend to listen to a book when I'm doing something mindless like housework and/or exercise. I've always read before going to bed (my nightstand is never without a book along with the current issue of The New Yorker and/or Vanity Fair on it). But there are some nights when my brain is willing but my eyes are tired after a long stint spent recording from a Kindle in my booth/closet and/or editing files on my desktop. On those nights, I put one ear bud in my ear from my Sansa MP3 player and continue listening after turning out the lights. It's so soothing. Right now I'm in the middle of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca narrated by the late actress Anna Massey. I'm loving it.
I actually downloaded Rebecca for free from Audiofile's SYNC program. Each summer, Audiofile hosts downloads of two free audiobooks each week -- a current book and a classic one -- donated from various publishers. The SYNC program runs from May 7th through August 13th -- that's 14 weeks of 2 free audiobooks each week. You can sign up for email alerts so you don't miss out when the new books are released. Here's the official 'purpose' of SYNC: "SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads — a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title — each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer." So head on over here and sign up now!
There are also a lot of contests and drawings going on this month for audiobooks. A good way to keep pace is to look up the hashtags #audiobookmonth and #JIAM2015 on Twitter. LOTS of good stuff out there! I plan to have a drawing for free copies of any of my recordings a little later this month. When I do, I'll post here and advertise on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook. Until then, keep listening!