[Free Audiobooks] Fresh Ink & Hope Nation [YA Multi-Genre Fiction & Personal Essay Anthologies]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of a diversity of authors speaking to readers through short stories and personal experiences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 8th.

  • Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles, read by Guy Lockard, Kim Mai Guest, & Bahni Turpin from publisher Listening Library. An YA anthology of thirteen pieces (10 short stories, a graphic novel, and a 1-act play) about various topics including coming out, coming of age, coping with gentrification and poverty and untimely death, etc. in a variety of genres ranging through from realistic contemporary fiction to adventure to romance.

  • Hope Nation edited by Rose Brock, read by a full cast, published by Listening Library. A collection of inspirational personal experience essays and life stories from leading YA authors known for their works across various genres, including sf/fantasy adventure authors Renée Ahdieh, Ally Condie, and Marie Lu, contemporary romance authors Nicola Yoon and David Levithan, and many more.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 8th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in the Gym, in the Corner, and at Ringside [Boxing Sports Essays]

The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in the Gym, in the Corner, and at Ringside edited by Carlo Rotella, an award-winning columnist and professor of American studies and journalism at Boston College, & Michael Ezra, a professor of multicultural studies at Sonoma State University, is a cultural studies anthology of essays on the sport of boxing, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for May.

The book is a collection of new essays about boxing by contributors from all walks of life including managers, journalists, fiction authors, fans, and more, who have first-hand experience of the sport from various angles, as professionals or appreciative amateurs, with profiles of established and rising stars and hands-on accounts from the fighters’ points of view as well as behind-the-scenes looks and outside perspectives.

Offered worldwide through May (will probably also still be available over the weekend), available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman [1980s Military History Essay]

A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War by Richard Freeman, an historical novelist and naval historian, not to be confused with the cryptozoologist or the economist of the same name, is an historical military conflict essay, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1992.

This essay serves as a quick introduction, with brief retrospective analysis and further reading recommendations, to a particular naval operation during the summer of 1982 in the Falklands War conflict with Argentina, as the British Royal Navy sought to reclaim the islands with an ambitiously large amphibious landing.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Extraordinary Hearts: Reclaiming Gay Sensibility’s Central Role in the Progress of Civilization by Nicholas F. Benton [LGBT History & Culture Essays]

Extraordinary Hearts: Reclaiming Gay Sensibility’s Central Role in the Progress of Civilization by Nicholas F. Benton is a collection of his newspaper column essays about gay historical figures and their cultural contributions, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

These short essays were originally published in the Metro Weekly newspaper between 2010 and 2012 as the “Nick Benton’s Gay Science” column (a reference to the philosopher Nietzsche), and spotlighted many LGBT personages throughout history as well as their works which have had a lasting impact on mainstream culture, and also the changing views towards LGBT persons in their broader communities.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best from Tor.com Non-Fiction [SF/Fantasy & Fandom Essays]

Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best from Tor.com Non-Fiction, edited by Bridget McGovern & Chris Lough, is a collection of speculative fiction-related essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books imprint.

This is a special commemmorative collection to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tor.com website which originally launched on July 20th, featuring articles and essays posted throughout the years on its blog, with contributions on various sfnal and fandom topics from historical fantasy novelist Judith Tarr, horror comedy author Grady Hendrix, Hugo and Nebula Award finalists Kai Ashante Wilson and Jo Walton, and many more.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] 3 issues of Dreamworks [Academic Literary, Poetry, & Science Journal]

Three back issues of Dreamworks: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, a Pushcart Prize-winning academic literary journal edited by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, & Marsha Kinder, a film scholar and Professor of Critical Studies at the University of California, are free for a limited time, courtesy of reprint publisher Story Merchant Books.

These were originally published in the 1980s, and the journal was devoted to bringing together both scientific and artistic viewpoints as it drew upon anthropology, psychology, neurophysiology, and culture and literature to explores dreams and the process of dreaming, which gained contributions from famous filmmakers, authors, and poets including Frederico Fellini, William S. Burroughs, and many more, with a special theme for each issue.

The issues being offered are as follows (available worldwide at Amazon):

If you’re interested, you can also read a retrospective write-up about the journal over at co-editor Kinder’s website.

[Free eBook] Palace of Books by Roger Grenier [Literature & Authorship Essays]

Palace of Books by the late French author Roger Grenier, an award-winning journalist and novelist who was well-connected with the French literary establishment, is themed collection of essays exploring literature and authors, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for April and was originally published in 2011 by Gallimard as Le palais des livres, now translated by Yale University professor Alice Kaplan.

This collection contains essays exploring various aspects of literature and authorship and their influences and effects, with musings upon why and how writers write and observations upon classic works from around the world, as well as anecdotes from Grenier’s decades of work as an author and editor and personal friend to many of the great writers of mid-20th century French literature.

Offered worldwide through April, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Humor by Stefan Kjerkegaard [Danish Academic Cultural Studies Essay]

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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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Smerte by Troels Staehelin Jensen [Danish Academic Pain Research Science Essay]

Smerte (Pain) by Troels Staehelin Jensen, a Professor and pain researcher in the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, is the 51st 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 science research essay focuses on the topic of the sensation of pain, and its drawbacks and benefits in signalling various aspects and statuses of continuing life and health.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through September 11th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World [Academic Anthropology & Culture Essays]

Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World edited by Mikkel Rytter, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, & Karen Fog Olwig, a professor in the Anthropology Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the is the 7th title in the in the Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series of mixed historical archaelogical and current cultural anthropology studies, 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 June. This volume contains ethnographic essays focusing on modern culture and the how the intermingling subtitular factors affect each other and shape the domestic and social lives of migrating persons.

The essays cover not only the experiences of immigrants from the Middle East to the Nordic countries, as one might expect, but also people in areas like the Caribbean and Peru, and focused subgroups such as women and the families of “guest workers” imported for labour who later became middle-class in ensuing generations.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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