AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).
This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of journeys and tragedies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, are as follows:
- Solo by Kwame Alexander, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel about a budding musician struggling with the effects of drug addicted washed-up rock star father on his life and the absence of his deceased mother, making a journey to Ghana to uncover his true history after family secrets come to light; read by the author himself, with audio performances by singer Randy Preston, from Blink, available worldwide
- The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea, an investigative journalism account of a 2001 tragedy in which a group of 26 Mexican immigrants attempted to cross into Arizona via a grueling path, with only 12 survivors remaining afterwards, which won the Laman Literary Award winner and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; read by the author himself, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 10th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).
UPDATE: Libro.fm has extended part of the offer through May 1st, for Brain Rulesfor Aging Well and the two audio samplers.
As part of a special promotion to celebrate the annual Independent Bookstore Day on April 28th this year, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering six full-length audiobooks and two samplers from publishers Macmillan and Penguin Random House, mostly available worldwide in DRM-free MP3 format (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info). If you like, you can also get extra copies for your friends, if you enter a valid email address to send the gift link to.
The six books being offered are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, from children to adult:
- The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole, an educational children’s adventure novel in the popular franchise.
- Strange the Dreamer by National Book Award-winning author Laini Taylor, a YA epic fantasy novel
- Tangerine by Christine Mangan, a literary fiction novel which has been optioned for film
- The Paris Secret by Karen Swan, a literary drama novel starring a fine-art agent tracking down the history behind an enigmatic painting. Geo-restricted to certain countries.
- Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, and Amanda Palmer, a non-fiction book explaining copyright issues for creators and users.
- Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp by John Medina, a self-help book.
There are also two freebie audio samplers, exclusive for Bookstore Day:
- Macmillan Audio Sampler with essays and short stories by Luvvie Ayaji, bestselling thriller authors Jeffrey Archer and Lisa Scottoline, literary fiction author Jeffrey Eugenides, Francesca Serritella, and Lara Williams
- Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler with excerpts from popular works from their bestselling and classic authors.
Offered DRM-free worldwide (mostly) through April 28th, probably just through Eastern Time, and you can read more about the offer on its main page @ Libro.fm.
You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner is is her themed collection of non-fiction essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for March. Several essays were originally published in literary magazines including Chicago Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.
These essays explore various aspects of the human body from hair to feet, pre and post-death, both as life experiences and cultural images, examining the worldwide historical context of the accumulated folklore and beliefs in various societies about the body throughout the ages, as well as more philosophical musings about the author’s own relationship with her body and heritage.
Offered worldwide through March, available directly from the university’s website.
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Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup, a professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, is his academic book about the history of political ideas related to the modern state, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for December. The book focuses on the subtitular trifecta of core threads in the formation of states and their enduring influence and results of their application.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through December, available directly from the university’s website.
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Humor (Humour) by Stefan Kjerkegaard, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, is the is the 52nd in the in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This semi-philosophical cultural essay focuses on the topic of the purposes and benefits of humour in our daily lives and wellbeing and surrounding society, beyond just joking around.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through October 9th, available directly from the university’s website.
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The Secret Lives of Teachers by Anonymous is a combination professional memoir cum analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for September.
This anonymous memoir, written from the perspective of an educator at an elite private school in New York, provides an uncensored inside look at the professional experience and varying challenges within it.
Offered worldwide through September, available directly via the university’s website.
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Tradition and Agency: Tracing cultural continuity and invention edited by Ton Otto, a Professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, & [Poul Pedersen][coeditor-link], an associate professor at the same, is a collection of anthropology essays, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for September.
This anthology of ethnographic essays looks at various contemporary cultures around the world, covering both traditions maintained throughout the generations as well as nearly-forgotten ones revived in modern times and/or invented to fill a cultural need, with case studies as diverse as Papua New Guinean artifacts to cheesemaking in France.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.
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Why Women Fail: The consequences of female evolution by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage accessibly-written pop psychology text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1979 by Wildwood House Ltd.
This was written at the time (circa the 1970s) to be a combination psychology explanation and self-help book to aid women to realize their potential by understanding the author’s premise that the then-recent social freedoms gained by women paradoxically resulted in greater restrictions on their personal expressions of them, for a variety of reasons the reader is encouraged to overcome.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard S. Becker, an influential sociologist and professor at Northwestern University for decades before he retired, is his vintage sociology article, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for July.
The article, which is an in-depth look exploring the users and culture and various other issues surrounding marijuana during the 1950s, was originally published in the American Journal of Sociology in 1953, and this edition includes a new preface.
Offered worldwide through the month of July, directly from the University Press’ website.
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AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).
This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of food and health, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, are as follows:
- Sugar: A Novel by Deirdre Riordan Hall, her contemporary teen life drama novel starring a girl with a difficult relationship with food and nutrition, who begins to make friends with people who care more about her personality and less about her weight, even as she comes to terms with her own struggles battling a family tendency towards obesity; from Brilliance Audio, read by Tara Sands
- The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker, an award-winning Canadian journalist,, is his non-fiction food technology exposé, looking into the decades-old roots of what he perceives to be a contributing factor in the modern tendency towards poor health and increasing incidences of heart attack, diabetes, and obesity—leeching the flavour out of food and blaming carbs and fat while ignoring their benefits in moderation, instead artificially creating substitute “healthy” food which is nutritionally empty; from Dreamscape Media, read by Chris Patton
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).