New Book: Podcasting Pocket Guide

Podcasting Pocket Guide
Kirk McElhearn, Richard Giles and Jack D. Herrington
112 pages. O’Reilly, 2005. $10

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With thousands of free podcasts available from Apple’s iTunes, as well as other podcast software and directories, podcasting is undeniably hot. Podcasting Pocket Guide is a non-technical guide for the non-geek who wants in on this revolutionary new online medium–for those interested in enjoying the best podcasts or producing them.

While podcasts seem like Internet “radio programs,” they are definitely not radio. And that’s a very good thing for people like you with something to say. Radio waves, after all, are heavily regulated, which means you can’t say whatever you want on them (in fact, most of you can’t say anything on them, assuming you don’t happen to be DJs). But anyone who can make an MP3 recording, host it on a web site, and publish a “feed” for it can be a podcaster. And anyone who wants access to opinions and ideas that you won’t get on the radio can find them on a podcast.

Small enough to fit in your pocket, the portable and affordable Podcasting Pocket Guide shows you how to tune into the best podcasts and download them to your favorite portable device so you can listen to them wherever and whenever you want. Find out how to get the most out of iTunes and your iPod to get all the right podcasts, and to organize them efficiently.

This handy reference also includes a listener’s guide with reviews of some of the most interesting and unusual podcasts available today. From unique views on current events to music you’d never hear otherwise to soundseeing tours that take you all over the world, there’s something for everyone on virtually every conceivable topic.

For aspiring podcasters, Podcasting Pocket Guide introduces you to the tools and techniques you’ll need to make and publish podcasts with the most basic of equipment: a computer, a microphone, and some free software. It includes practical tips and how-tos for creating, recording, editing, and uploading your own, professional-quality podcast. Once you’ve made that first recording, you can publish it online, get it listed, and start obsessing over the size of your audience!

This pocket guide is designed to help you get started in the world of podcasting, both as listener and podcaster. You’ll learn how to:

  • Find, Subscribe and Listen–Easily find and subscribe to favorite podcasts
  • Download Podcasts–Learn how to download favorite podcasts to portable devices and listen to them anytime, anywhere
  • Create, Record and Edit a Podcast–Use the most basic equipment to create podcasts: a computer, a microphone, and some free software
  • Adopt a Format–Define a style and learn how to arrange a great podcasting program or show
  • Edit Podcasts, Fix Problems–Reduce wind noise, fix a muffled voice, remove hiss, simulate a phone, and simulate a radio

You’ll also find recommendations on 30 great podcasts, so you can hear first-hand what makes a good podcast.