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October 28, 2005

Podcasting Pocket Guide: Tips & Tools for Podcasting Like a Pro

Sebastopol, CA--Never before has the term "download this" had more meaning than when referring to the latest and greatest podcast. Podcasting, a hybrid term that smashes the MP3-playing iPod into broadcasting, enables ordinary people to record podcasts of opinions, news coverage, editorials, reviews, and features, and post them on the Web. Podcasting makes broadcasters of people all around the world by making their recorded content available for anyone with access to the Internet. With thousands of free podcast offerings being posted daily, listeners need some help to sift through all of the "noise." This is where the Podcasting Pocket Guide (McElhearn, Giles, & Herrington, O’Reilly, US $9.95) steps in to provide some much needed guidance.

Small enough to fit in your pocket, this portable and affordable guide can help you gain access to opinions and ideas that you'd never find on the radio. Now you can find them all--unregulated and uncensored--on podcasts.

The Podcasting Pocket Guide is available exclusively at Borders through this holiday season and available at all stores in January 2006.

This pocket guide is designed to help readers get started in the world of podcasting, both as listeners and podcasters. Readers will 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.

    "The Podcasting Pocket Guide is a quick reference for anyone interested in all aspects of podcasting," said author Richard Giles. "From listening, to finding, to creating your own podcast--this book is a quick start to the world of unlimited information. Find any niche topic, or start one of your own."

    Additional Resources:

    Podcasting Pocket Guide
    Kirk McElhearn, Richard Giles & Jack D. Herrington
    ISBN: 0-596-10230-5, 99 pages, $9.95 US, $13.95 CA
    order@oreilly.com
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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