A quick start guide to podcasting : creating your own audio and visual material for iPods, Blackberries, mobile phones, and websites
Mark Harnett.
London ; Philadelphia, Pa. : Kogan Page, 2010.
This pocket (5x8") guide explains how to use podcasts to establish a corporate, commercial, or individual online presence. It gives technical information on types of equipment needed (some available free online), along with info on recording, editing, and uploading the podcast. In addition to technical details, the book also gives advice on how to make the podcast compelling by writing for the ear. Part 1 covers audio, with advice on microphone placement and recording outdoors or indoors. Video chapters explain various types of shots and how to avoid common mistakes. The third part of the book explains how to upload audio and video and how to add a podcast to the iTunes website. Each chapter ends with top tips, questions, and activities. Techniques are demonstrated with case studies from real professionals. An appendix covers domain names, URLs, and hosting. Harnett is a search marketing and social networking expert. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Create your own blog : [6 easy projects to start blogging like a pro ; personal blog, business blog, blog for podcasting, video blog, portfoloio blog for artists, lifestreaming blog]
Indianapolis, Ind. : Sams Pub., c2010.
Hussey (speaker, teacher, social media consultant, and long-time blogger) offers step-by-step guidance for creating a professional-quality blog. He takes it from the beginning with planning a first blog, installing and setting it up, and creating the conversation. He also discusses how to build an audience, create personal and business blogs, and podcasting and video blogs--not to mention how to make money with it. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Word of Year

The New Oxford American Dictionary declared 'podcasting' its Word of the Year in 2005. 

Will these words be next?

Podsafe music

(get definitions)

Podcasting is quickly gaining popularity, especially with people who own mobile devices. A podcast can be thought of as an Internet-based radio series that is designed for offline listening.

People subscribe to these podcasts and can receive notification when new episodes are ready to be downloaded. Often these episodes can be downloaded directly from the website. Some people use programs called podcatchers to automatically download and store the files containing the episodes to play later.

While the Apple iPod (More about iPods) is used by many people, it is not necessary to have an iPod to get these episodes. Any MP3 or other digital audio player or computer with speakers (or a headset) can be used.

Podcasts can be found about almost any subject--music, religion (godcasting), conferences, and audio books to name a few. There is something for everyone.

My podcast

To create your own podcast:

Create the audio file
Export file to hosting service
Use blog or podcast directory to invite subscribers

(CNET shows you how)

Originally podcasting allowed individuals, and later media giants, to distribute their own 'radio programs'. But podcasts are now being used in many other ways:

Many websites, especially blogs and news sites, offer podcasts. Mainstream content providers such as ESPN, NPR and CNN quickly picked up the podcasting format. Podcast schedules are available on their websites. Schedules for programs provided by independent podcasters are also available.

Podcasts provide a convenient new way to catch up on news, opinion, and entertainment.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff