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Podcasting For Dummies Paperback – July 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470275573 ISBN-10: 047027557X Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047027557X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470275573
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aimed at everyone from first-time podcasters to experienced producers with a thorough update on the software". (The Bookseller, Friday 14th March 2008)

From the Back Cover

Get to know podcasting software, tools, and methods

Here's what you need to start podcasting or polish up your skills

Podcasting offers anyone the chance to send their voice over the Internet. All you need is a microphone, a computer, and Internet access. This book helps you record a podcast, get it online, and attract listeners. Whether you want to podcast for business or fun, you'll find what you need to get started here.

Discover how to:

  • Outfit your PC or Mac® for recording

  • Edit your podcast and get it online

  • Create a video podcast

  • Promote your podcast

  • Keep your content fresh

  • Attract advertisers


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I found this book very helpful for getting started in podcasting.
L. R. W. Lee, Children's Author
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in podcasting or just wanting to know how it all works.
Sam Bradley
Easy to read, easy to understand and to the point in technique and technical help.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sublime Dharma on January 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book around 1 month ago because I wanted to set up a Podcast and publish it to the web but had no idea how. The moment I opened the cover this book was helpful, it walks you through everything you need to know to set up and publish your Podcast, choose equipment, do interview over the phone, in the studio, or over Skype/iChat and then recommends other For Dummies books if you want to get really into it (say, Web Design for dummies, or something). It even gives you a simple easy to understand overview of the major technologies involved with Podcasting (RRS, XML, etc.) and shows you what the best hosting options are and how to promote and advertise your show! Truly, this book had me up and running in no time, and is constantly helpful, I haven't come across anything that Podcasting For Dummies hasn't been able to help me with. A great book on Podcasting, I would recommend this to everyone.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. Mason on March 8, 2007
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If you are looking for a content and organization guide to start a podcast, then this is the book for you. If you, like me need technical information on the act of podcasting then there are better choices. There is some information on recording and posting, but the book spends the vast majority of it's time on things like structuring your podcast and reaching a wide audience.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Sigler on November 18, 2005
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There is little doubt that Evo Terra and Tee Morris are experts in the podcasting field. Both of them were early pioneers in the field, and have literally taught thousands of people how to podcast before this book ever hit the shelves. If you can only buy one Podcasting book, this is the one.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Ballantine on January 6, 2006
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.... with podcasting this is the book that you need! It covers all those questions I had as a new podcaster; all the technical things, like hardware, all the software, and all the polishing techniques.

With this in hand I feel much more confident.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy T. Sullivan on December 24, 2006
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If you are curious about podcasting, this is the first book to read. Why? Because Tee Morris and Evo Terra do such a great job of explaining this "new media" phenomenon in simple, easy to understand language, step by step, until you have a solid base of knowledge that you can put to practical use. And they don't steer away from some of the tougher subjects, either -- the section on the usually confounding aspects of RSS feeds, an essential podcasting technology, is one of the most clearly written articles I've ever read on this subject. I've put many of the recommendations in this book into practice on several business podcasts that I've produced over the last few months, and all to very good effect. This book is extremely well organized, with an excellent index and table of contents, annotated references, and many side articles full of useful insights and advice. Highly recommended reading for any aspiring podcaster.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Robinson on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Dummies series of books take complex subjects and breaks them into easily understandable sections. These books never seem to disappoint and you won't be with "Podcasting For Dummies". With the explosion of internet blogging, people also began to use audio to get their content online. Listeners only need a computer and a broadband connection to hear what you have to say.

This book is for both podcasters and for those who listen to podcasts. If you want to create your own podcasts, the information in the book will take you to that point and beyond. You can record, produce and host your own podcast.

I knew nothing about creating podcasts and that's why I got the book. Besides a little history of podcasting, the book walks you through (and holds your hand) on how to select the right microphone, any needed peripherals and finding a host. I like the icons that highlight special portions of the chapters. There are icons for warnings, technical stuff, tips and things to remember. The book goes through the different types of podcasts and how to make them successful. You are guided through why it is good to have a script, methods of recording, sound checks, pacing, editing, file size compression, and also touches a bit about copyright rules.

Once you have made a podcast, you will need to know how to upload it to a server. Once there, you need to learn how to publicize and draw in listeners. There's also information on how to gain listener feedback, whether it be via your blog, discussion groups at Google or Yahoo or finding other free online forums. If you want to know how to advertise your podcast for free, it is also included in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Jackson on August 2, 2012
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As the man behind the School of Podcasting and author of the book More Podcast Money: Turn Your Passion into Profits I've read about every book there is to read on Podcasting. When you bring the experience of the authors into the format of a Dummies book you have a winner. This book really helps you avoid the Ready, FIRE, Aim syndrome that many new podcasters fall into. This is one of my favorite books on podcasting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2009
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I suppose as an introduction to getting your feet wet in podcasting, the second edition of this series is a nice starting point for those that need the foundation and background of the subject.

The technical aspects, while good, could have been a little bit better in my opinion, but realizing that this book caters to those assuming they have zero or little experience in the field it's really difficult to judge. There are plenty of fine examples and walk-thru's on various subjects like RSS feeds, FTP posting, exporting files, etc., but most examples didn't get too deep and I had the feeling I was still missing the 'nitty-gritty' in some aspects.

There is talk about various equipment including mixing boards and the various types of microphones and available software, but even now technology changes so fast it's hard for any book to stay current. As one example, the talk about freeware Audacity within these pages is already obsolete, as the current version of the software and add-on's have already progressed to the next incremental versions.

Other topics include what to look for in hosting companies, how much bandwidth is needed, and configurations for things such as Skype, adding music intros, etc. The authors cover some good subjects that you might not really think of at first, or explore them in slightly broader terms that give pause...all good.

My biggest issue with the book however was a few chapters dedicated to what I consider 'fluff'. While some may enjoy chapters on 'How to Interview', and 'How to craft your subject matter and questions' may be nice, I think they are better served in a journalism 'How to' book instead of 'podcasting'. I bought the book to learn the technical aspects of the hobby, not how to conduct or hone my writing skills.
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