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Podcasting For Dummies [Paperback]

by Tee Morris, Chuck Tomasi, Evo Terra, Kreg Steppe
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July 28, 2008 047027557X 978-0470275573 2
New tools have made it easier to create a podcast. The second edition of Podcasting For Dummies shows you how you can create and distribute your own online recordings using tools you already have. This edition also covers what you need to build a top-notch podcasting studio. Expert podcasters Tee Morris and Evo Terra are joined on this edition by a fellow podcasting guru, Chuck Tomasi, to walk you through recording, editing, posting, and promoting a podcast. Chapters cover:
  • Choosing a topic that fits your expertise
  • Writing an outline or script for your podcast
  • Turning your existing computer into a desktop podcasting studio
  • Picking the microphone, headphones, and audio editing software that best suit your needs
  • Upgrading to pro-level podcasting equipment
  • Conducting interviews and recording an interview subject who’s not in the room with you
  • Navigating the XML code you need to share your podcast
  • Finding a place to host your podcast online
  • Promoting your podcasts in the blogosphere, online discussion groups, and social networking sites
  • Seeking out sponsors, advertising, and subscriptions to make your podcast pay
  • Creating podcasts designed to promote a business

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Editorial Reviews


"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

Product Details

  • 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 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The. Best. Book. On. Podcasting. January 29, 2006
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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected March 8, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Evo & Tee write the Podcasting Gospel November 18, 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars When you need a little help.... January 6, 2006
.... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book to read about podcasting December 24, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All In Here! February 7, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Podcasting 101 Book 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book, albeit some 'fluff' 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars satisfied
Well-organized guide to novice podcasters like myself. Easy to read and easy to find different sections to consult as needed.
Published 1 month ago by Richard D. Costa
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs revised
Good read, but many links are outdated. Could use a revision and some expansion on recording software. I would rate it higher if it was current.
Published 2 months ago by Charles Neighbors
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I found this book very helpful for getting started in podcasting. It had detailed instructions for some of the programs you can use that were very helpful.
Published 3 months ago by L. R. W. Lee, Children's Author
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Starting Place
This is a great book for the beginner, and has good tips for those more experienced also. The only issue I have is that they need to put out a newer edition. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need To know - Plus A Few Laughs
Many years ago I looked into Podcasting around the time it was exploding on the web. I remember not only finding it complicated but expensive as far as the hardware you needed to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Suslock
4.0 out of 5 stars i started my own podcast almost immediately
this guide book is really good.
after the first two chapters I HAD so much motivation to start my own podcast that within a week of reading this I had already recorded two... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information
Great information for the beginner --- keeps the information simple and direct. And all the software is free!
good stuff.
Published 13 months ago by Tova Roseman
5.0 out of 5 stars got me started
very easy to read and very good info. a must read for anyone wanting to get into podcasting. i have aready started recording and its good to have this to refrents back back to
Published 22 months ago by Rain
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book
Very helpful, I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to get started podcasting. I originally thought I could find what I needed with a few well written google... Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Hank
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpdul
I have purchased a few Dummies books over the years and have found them helpful for the most part. Still, there have been some that have left me scratching my head and even more... Read more
Published on March 25, 2011 by Dan Davis
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