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Podcasting Hacks: Tips and Tools for Blogging Out Loud [Paperback]

by Jack D. Herrington
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August 29, 2005 0596100663 978-0596100667 1

Podcasting does for Internet audio listeners what TiVo does for television viewers--it puts you in charge of when you enjoy a program. Podcasting is a web-based broadcast medium that sends audio content (most commonly in the MP3 format) directly to an iPod or other digital audio player. You subscribe to audio feeds, receive new files automatically, and listen to them at your convenience.

As you can imagine, podcasting is taking the "blogsphere" by storm. A podcast is a professional-quality Internet radio broadcast, and like blogging and HTML before it, this revolutionary new way of publishing to the Internet has become the new outlet for personal expression.

If you've got Internet access and a copy of Podcasting Hacks, you can find out just how easy it is to listen to and create your own Internet audio programs. With Podcasting Hacks, Jack Herrington, a software engineer with 20 years of experience developing applications using a diverse set of languages and tools, delivers the ultimate how-to of podcasting for anyone looking to get the most out of this hot new medium.

Since August 2004 (the month that iPodder.com editor Adam Curry considers the start of podcasting), audio blogging has exploded. Podcasts cover every conceivable topic, including sex, relationships, technology, religion, home brewing, recreational drugs, rock 'n roll, food, entertainment, politics, and much more. There were podcasts from the Democratic National Convention in Fall 2004, and some programs on Air America and NPR are also podcasts.

Podcasting Hacks offers expert tips and tools for blogging out loud--for transmitting (and receiving) audio content worldwide with ease. This groundbreaking volume covers both entry-level and advanced topics perfect for aspiring and experienced podcasters. Herrington shows you how to get started, create quality sound, use the right software, develop a great show, distribute a podcast, and build an audience. More advanced topics include audio editing, podcasting on the go, and even videocasting.


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About the Author

Jack Herrington is an engineer, author and presenter who lives and works in the Bay Area. His mission is to expose his fellow engineers to new technologies. That covers a broad spectrum, from demonstrating programs that write other programs in the book Code Generation in Action. Providing techniques for building customer centered web sites in PHP Hacks. All the way writing a how-to on audio blogging called Podcasting Hacks. All of which make great holiday gifts and are available online here, and at your local bookstore. Jack also writes articles for O'Reilly, DevX and IBM Developerworks.

Jack lives with his wife, daughter and two adopted dogs. When he is not writing software, books or articles you can find him on his bike, running or in the pool training for triathlons. You can keep up with Jack's work and his writing at http://jackherrington.com.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

You can keep up with Jack's work and his writing at http://jackherrington.com.

Jack Herrington is an engineer, author and presenter who lives and works in the Bay Area. His mission is to expose his fellow engineers to new technologies. That covers a broad spectrum, from demonstrating programs that write other programs in the book Code Generation in Action. Providing techniques for building customer centered web sites in PHP Hacks. All the way writing a how-to on audio blogging called Podcasting Hacks. All of which make great holiday gifts and are available online here, and at your local bookstore. Jack also writes articles for O'Reilly, DevX and IBM Developerworks.

Jack lives with his wife, daughter and two adopted dogs. When he is not writing software, books or articles you can find him on his bike, running or in the pool training for triathlons.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for Podcasters of All Skill Levels! October 19, 2005
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books that aren't meant to be read cover to cover. Skim through it, though, because otherwise you might miss out on some great tips -- especially if you think you know it all about podcasting.

The book starts out with some great basic information --how to listen to podcasts. I think a lot of people forget this part -- they hear about podcasting, listen to a couple (usually Adam Curry), and jump right in. And you can tell, because their podcasts sound like it. You have to read before you can write, and you have to listen before you can podcast. Then you get some basic tips about your first show, and sounding professional. These first two sections should be read by everyone, especially those getting ready to start their first podcast.

After recording your first podcast, listen to it critically. Then take a look at the table of contents of this book, and find out what you can do to make it better. Chapter 3 tells how to set up a home studio (with little expense) and control noise. Chapter 4 talks about something that I hadn't even thought of -- establishing a format for your show. I spent a lot of time in college at the campus radio station (9-10 AM weekdays, 10-11 Friday nights), so I am familliar with formatting, so I did it almost subconsciously with my own podcast. It does make things go a lot smoother when you're recording -- you don't have to sit thinking "What's next?" all the time.

Chapter 7 is another one that everyone should read -- Publicity. You podcast to be heard, so you should know what to do to be heard. I thought I had my bases covered here, but I got a few other ideas that I'm getting ready to try out on my own podcast.

The book is full of good advice for podcasters of all levels.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer! October 30, 2005
Format:Paperback
Podcasting appears to be one of the more interesting developments in current culture and technology. It is one of the earliest nonbusiness representations of the value and power of XML (Extensible Markup Language). XML is subtly and quietly being used to link digital documents together, and more significantly, databases, much like the Internet itself linked individual computers into a global network.

The power of XML is yet to be fully recognized, but its expression in podcasting has far-reaching effects and consequences all by itself. Way beyond extending audio distribution over the Internet and providing relatively easy access for creative types to a global distribution channel, podcasting may alter and extend the distribution of content in ways never experienced before, having repercussions for political communication, social expression, and democracy itself.

Podcasting can be considered, in general, a melding of several elements: digital audio, weblogs, radio, Tivo-like recording/playing devices, and RSS (Really Simple Syndication). RSS is the protocol extending XML allowing creators to publish content to audiences who can easily subscribe and partake remotely in both space and time. It is much more than merely an alternative to conventional radio.

Given all of this asserted importance, the new book, "Podcasting Hacks: Tips & Tools for Blogging Out Loud" is perfectly timed to provide guidance on how to find, listen to, and subscribe to podcasts as well as how to create, publish, and market audio and video content. This is a comprehensive introduction to nearly all aspects of podcasting. It covers not only the technological elements but the content and creative elements as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of podcasting information. November 6, 2005
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Format:Paperback
Podcasting. The hobby or profession of blogging in downloadable audio. It is, of this writing, about one year old and has taken the internet by storm. A year ago there were a couple dozen podcasting pioneers; now the podcasters number over ten thousand. The first generation podcaster had to learn the trade by trial and error. The school of hard knocks (to coin another cliché). For the aspiring would-be podcaster in late 2005, written guides are now starting to appear. Jack Harrington's Podcasting Hacks is one such resource. What is a podcast? How do I listen? How do I become a podcaster? Can I podcast with equipment that I already own? Which mic's are recommended? Mixers? How to I upload the podcast to a server? What is RSS? How do I combat bandwidth costs? How do I structure a format for my show? Can I make money at podcasting? This book answers these questions. It provided answers to questions that had never even occurred to me (after having ready another book on this subject!). Mr. Harrington even outlines how to build a home studio and make your own teleprompter!

As with other books in O'Reilly's "hacks" series, this guide is not so much a book written for `hackers' as a resource providing valuable shortcuts from lessons learned.

The book opens by stating that this has been the author's most ambitious research project drawing from the expertise of twenty experts in various fields. In the early chapters, Jack starts with the rock-bottom basics written to an audience that may have never listened to a podcast. It covers the definition of a podcast as-well-as it's brief history. Next, he covers podcast aggregators (client software), net resources. In short - how to be a subscriber.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of tips, tricks, and explanations about...
Jack Herrington's "Podcasting Hacks" (O'Reilly) is an excellent collection of tips, tricks, and explanations about making, publishing, and enjoying podcasts. Read more
Published on March 6, 2007 by Jack Hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Breadth of Topics
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From the title, my impression was that this book would provide several specific technically-advanced strategies to maximize efficiency and enjoyment of... Read more
Published on February 26, 2007 by Amy Neymeyr
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Reilly Doesn't Disappoint
As usual, Oreilly's combination of technical tips and tricks with straightforward implementation is excellent. Read more
Published on February 28, 2006 by B. Reyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Necessity. Complete. Well thought out.
Disclosure: my podcast is mentioned in his book. I find myself reaching for this book nearly every episode I create. Read more
Published on January 18, 2006 by Timothy Shadel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Competent Book by a Competent Writer
If Jack Herrington had been around in 1922, when Powel Crosley, Jr. started turning out the first radios for the masses, he'd have been writing "Radio Broadcast Hacks. Read more
Published on November 5, 2005 by Michael A. Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting started guide for developers
While this book is a solid starting point for newbies, this book is a must read for bloggers, developers, and other tech smarties that are looking to get started with... Read more
Published on October 17, 2005 by Jake McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars For getting started or taking the next step... Good choice!
The podcasting titles are starting to show up fast and furious. I recently received a copy of O'Reilly's Podcasting Hacks - Tips & Tools for Blogging Out Loud by Jack D. Read more
Published on October 9, 2005 by Thomas Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Since I've been podcasting (...) I have questions that I can't get answered, unless I know some audio professional. Read more
Published on September 29, 2005 by Dallas B. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Podcasters, Please read this book.
Podcasting is audio Internet. Everything the web is for text, podcasting is for audio. This new book from O'Reilly explains that it can be wonderful entertainment as a hobby, or... Read more
Published on September 11, 2005 by dpeach
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that I needed next!
After the really great introduction and perspective I gained from Todd Cochrane's "Podcasting: Do It Yourself Guide", and a little bit of experimenting with podcasting on my own,... Read more
Published on August 30, 2005 by San Francisco
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