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

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047027557X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470275573
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. Tee then released in 2004 The Case of The Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery which was earned him honors from ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards. It was in 2005 when his idea -- podcasting a novel -- established him as a pioneer in the Social Media movement, becoming the first author to podcast a book in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.com (with Evo Terra and Chris Miller), the premier site for podcast literature.

Tee took his collaboration with Evo Terra to print in Podcasting for Dummies (featuring Chuck Tomasi in the Second Edition), and penned other social media titles including All a Twitter (Que Publishing) and Sams Teach Yourself Twitter in 10 Minutes (Pearson Education). Other non-fiction titles Tee has contributed to include BenBella Books's Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets, the Complete Guide to Writing fantasy series from Dragon Moon Press, and BenBella Books' So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.

In 2011 Tee Morris returned to his first love -- fiction -- alongside his wife, Pip Ballantine, with Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (Harper Voyager). This title went on to win the 2011 Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature, and was a finalist (the only steampunk to make the final round in any category) for Goodread's Choice Awards under Best Science Fiction of 2011. 2012 saw the release of The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (Harper Voyager). The sequel was also a finalist in Goodreads' Choice Awards Best Science Fiction of 2012, and went on to win Steampunk Chronicle's Readers Choice of 2012 for Best Steampunk Literature. In 2013, their companion podcast Tales from the Archives received a Parsec Award for Best Podcast Anthology. Also in that year, Tee and Pip successfully funded via Kickstarter the anthology Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and The Ministry Initiative, a FATE-core RPG from Galileo Games. 2014 will see the release of Dawn's Early Light: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (Ace Books).

He can still be heard podcasting short fiction with Tales from the Archives, and alongside Pip on The Shared Desk at theshareddesk.com. Find out more about his work and his life at teemorris.com and ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com.

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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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30 of 33 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 Elaine Robinson on February 7, 2007
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Suslock TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 7, 2013
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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 buy.

Fast forward a few years and I was curious to give it another shot, not only is it simpler, it's incredibly more affordable. Armed with a Samson Meteor USB studio microphone Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Cardioid)
a pair of Samson CH700 headphones Samson CH700 Closed-Back Studio Headphones and a copy of "Podcasting For Dummies" I dove in. The book is the effortless crash course I needed to avoid the pitfalls and actually begin creating Podcasts virtually immediately.

The book is packed with easy to read and quite often amusing to down right funny material that answerers your questions and get's you "live" faster than you may have ever imagined. The authors have made a concerted effort to take any mystery out of Podcasting by doing away with the technical jargon and it reads in a light , conversational, easy to follow way. The book is filled with tips and resources and even includes cheat sheet pages in the beginning for those who want to get right to it. I find I rely on these pages quite a bit for sources and recommendations.

One small tip that may help other readers is to make sure you brief yourself on the little icons used throughout this marvelous book. For instance, if something is particularly geeky there's a geeky icon printed by the passage your reading and so on. This adds more fun to the book making it a delightful read.
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