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Book Review - Podcast Solutions by Michael W. Geoghegan and Dan Klass

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Obviously I'm familiar with blogging, as I've been doing it for the last 2+ years.  And I'm aware of the quick rise of "podcasting" but I have to admit I've remained willfully ignorant of the details.  A copy of Podcast Solutions - The Complete Guide to Podcasting by Michael W. Geoghegan and Dan Klass arrived in the mail the other day, and I'm ignorant no longer...  at least about podcasting...

Contents:  Podcasting 101; Listening to Podcasts; Podcasting How-To; Planning Your Podcast; Podcasting Tools; Recording Your Podcast; Putting It All Together; Preparing Your File; Serving It Up; Getting Heard; Making Money with Podcasting; Conclusion; Glossary; Podcasting Resources at a Glance; Index

Geoghegan and Klass have taken a subject that can be a bit intimidating and made it extremely approachable.  They don't target the techno-geek who understands all the technology.  Instead, they assume that the reader is someone who is reasonably intelligent, just getting started in (or interested in) podcasting, and needs assistance to get up and running.  They cover some of the more popular tools and techniques currently on the market without trying to cover every last option.  Because of that, you get the benefit of their experience and can avoid the dead-ends that are so common when you get started with a new toy.

I was impressed with the span of coverage they gave the subject.  Everything from "what is a podcast" to "how to do preproduction" to "how to do postproduction".  While you may not end up being an A-List podcaster, everything you absolutely need to know to start down that path is in here.  I don't know that I'm personally ever going to produce a podcast, but after reading the book, I'm much more likely to check into listening and subscribing to a few.  And who knows what will happen from there...

Very good book, clear information, and great writing...  Highly recommended if podcasting in on your radar screen...


Gravatar Image1 - I'd tend to disagree to a point. The details (sites, software, etc.) will definitely change, and the authors acknowledge that along the way. But the basic concepts (what it is, how to produce a show, how to conceptualize your subject, etc.) won't. If you're forever waiting for "the next release" or the "next upgrade" in order to jump in, you'll forever remain on the sidelines. This book was tailor-made for jumping in and getting started. Once you understand what you're doing, you'll be able to grow with the technology.

And nearly *any* tech book has some level of lifespan. I think this one is better than six to nine months...

Gravatar Image2 - I've been listening to podcasts for the past 9 months. In fact, Adam Curry (formerly of MTV fame) is considered the "Podfather" (Godfather) of podcasting. He was playing a podcast on one of his shows, "Daily Source Code", that discussed this book. The show host questioned how accurate and current the information will be in 6 to 9 months considering how fast podcasting is changing. Any thoughts?

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