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Produce a podcast like the pros More people than ever are turning to podcasts for on-demand, mobile entertainment and information. Podcasting For Dummies offers a fast and easy way to get the know-how you need to produce and distribute one of your very own. Written by a pair of podcasting pioneers, this book shares insight on the technology behind recording, editing, and s Produce a podcast like the pros More people than ever are turning to podcasts for on-demand, mobile entertainment and information. Podcasting For Dummies offers a fast and easy way to get the know-how you need to produce and distribute one of your very own. Written by a pair of podcasting pioneers, this book shares insight on the technology behind recording, editing, and sharing podcasts, along with tips and tricks on how to produce a pro-level podcast. Podcasting has enjoyed a recent boom thanks to a new crop of hit podcasts catching the ears of the public and media along with the continued growth of mobile and streaming devices as a source for entertainment. If you want to jump on the podcasting bandwagon, you've come to the right place! In this fully updated edition, would-be and experienced podcasters alike will get all the tech information, production insight, and promotional tips they need to either get a podcast off the ground or improve on an existing one. Get the gear you need Find your podcasting voice Find and build an audience Plan your podcast New tools have made it easier than ever to create a podcast—and this book shows you how.


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Produce a podcast like the pros More people than ever are turning to podcasts for on-demand, mobile entertainment and information. Podcasting For Dummies offers a fast and easy way to get the know-how you need to produce and distribute one of your very own. Written by a pair of podcasting pioneers, this book shares insight on the technology behind recording, editing, and s Produce a podcast like the pros More people than ever are turning to podcasts for on-demand, mobile entertainment and information. Podcasting For Dummies offers a fast and easy way to get the know-how you need to produce and distribute one of your very own. Written by a pair of podcasting pioneers, this book shares insight on the technology behind recording, editing, and sharing podcasts, along with tips and tricks on how to produce a pro-level podcast. Podcasting has enjoyed a recent boom thanks to a new crop of hit podcasts catching the ears of the public and media along with the continued growth of mobile and streaming devices as a source for entertainment. If you want to jump on the podcasting bandwagon, you've come to the right place! In this fully updated edition, would-be and experienced podcasters alike will get all the tech information, production insight, and promotional tips they need to either get a podcast off the ground or improve on an existing one. Get the gear you need Find your podcasting voice Find and build an audience Plan your podcast New tools have made it easier than ever to create a podcast—and this book shows you how.

30 review for Podcasting For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    I launched my literary podcast, Classics Considered, about a year ago. Being someone who tends to over-research everything, I decided to just go for it this time, with minimal training (see Roberto Blake's tips on YouTube) and some basic equipment. Thirty episodes later, I picked up this "Dummies" book to see if there were any holes in what I'd learned online and through experience. This is a highly detailed book, covering beginner-to-intermediate knowledge for podcasting, from equipment to plann I launched my literary podcast, Classics Considered, about a year ago. Being someone who tends to over-research everything, I decided to just go for it this time, with minimal training (see Roberto Blake's tips on YouTube) and some basic equipment. Thirty episodes later, I picked up this "Dummies" book to see if there were any holes in what I'd learned online and through experience. This is a highly detailed book, covering beginner-to-intermediate knowledge for podcasting, from equipment to planning to monetization. It even walks you through basic editing in Audacity using screenshots. For those who prefer reading a book over internet research, I think this could be useful, if you have the patience to wade through some of the details, which at times seemed to be a bit much for a "getting started" book. I feel this could be overwhelming for some who just wants to get started quickly and improve iteratively - which is the process I'd recommend. While there wasn't much here that was new to me, the book did confirm some of the things I've been doing, which was reassuring. I also found a handful of suggestions which I'll be testing in my upcoming season. Disclaimer: my rating is based on having skim-read the book, not reading it cover-to-cover.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lino Matteo

    Finally in Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition we have modified their list of ten, Podcasting can allow you to: 1. Develop your credentials as an expert in certain areas; 2. Show your passion; 3. Scratch a creative itch; 4. Even if you don’t like playing with tech toys it helps you stay current and young; 5. Get a little help from your friends, whether old or new; 6. Stay up to date – and yet, it can be a little like being a DJ while in college (do I have to wear a baseball cap backwards?); 7. Contribu Finally in Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition we have modified their list of ten, Podcasting can allow you to: 1. Develop your credentials as an expert in certain areas; 2. Show your passion; 3. Scratch a creative itch; 4. Even if you don’t like playing with tech toys it helps you stay current and young; 5. Get a little help from your friends, whether old or new; 6. Stay up to date – and yet, it can be a little like being a DJ while in college (do I have to wear a baseball cap backwards?); 7. Contribute to society – or more accurately, contribute more to society! 8. Show your good side! Or show the goodness of your bad side! 9. In a lock down period and with a New Normal environment looming you can have a reason to talk to interesting people about their passions and purposes; 10. It can be fun. 11. It can help you help others and maybe even help me – with a referral, a client or by buying a book! Finally and not inconsequentially if can make me smile. The smile might shine through. That might make you smile. That would certainly make me smile….pass it on! Lino Matteo ©™ Twitter at @Lino_Matteo https://linomatteo.wordpress.com/2021...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karla Osorno

    Rating 3 stars. My sweet husband bought this book for me a few years ago when I asked for his help with the behind the scenes of starting a podcast. Gratefully, I was able to find a professional editor (let me know if you want her contact info) and launch my podcast in March 2021. I still wanted to read this book to learn and to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. A lot of what I read I had already implemented from other sources including podcasts and books. This book is helpful for a beginning pod Rating 3 stars. My sweet husband bought this book for me a few years ago when I asked for his help with the behind the scenes of starting a podcast. Gratefully, I was able to find a professional editor (let me know if you want her contact info) and launch my podcast in March 2021. I still wanted to read this book to learn and to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. A lot of what I read I had already implemented from other sources including podcasts and books. This book is helpful for a beginning podcasters. And I recommend reading it to fill in your own gaps. I did create a list of 10 to 15 action items making it worth the investment of time. I also listen to the supplemental podcast that Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi created with the same name. Knowing their voices made it fun to read the book. It was like they were reading it aloud to me and the podcast further supplemented my podcasting knowledge. There is still always more to learn but I am excited and love podcasting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    I must preface this by saying how much I hate the Dummies books. I hate the bright, ugly, yellow color; I hate how flimsy it is, and I hate the general layout of the book. That being said, I enjoyed this book. While I've had a podcast for the last year and a half (http://vforvertigo.blogspot.com) I still found this book extremely helpful. I wish I had gotten it earlier because things might have gone more smoother than they did. I blame my former co-host for that. Even though most technology books I must preface this by saying how much I hate the Dummies books. I hate the bright, ugly, yellow color; I hate how flimsy it is, and I hate the general layout of the book. That being said, I enjoyed this book. While I've had a podcast for the last year and a half (http://vforvertigo.blogspot.com) I still found this book extremely helpful. I wish I had gotten it earlier because things might have gone more smoother than they did. I blame my former co-host for that. Even though most technology books are outdated within a few months to a year, this book is still current. There are a few minor things but there's nothing out of place and that doesn't still apply. The best thing is if you already know about podcasting, you know that the writers words carry a lot of weight with their experience. You never feel like saying, "What does this guy know?" And they explain it in a simple way even the RSS feed, which I didn't understand. If you're thinking about doing a podcast or already have one, read this book. There's also a bunch of short Podcasting for Dummies podcasts that you could listen to too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Looper

    This book was a good introductory book about podcasting and what it takes to set up your own podcast. It covered the technology end of things, as well as other issues like getting listeners, copyright issues when using music on your podcast, other good podcasts to listen to, and important people in the world of podcasting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Colona Public Library

    Pretty good guide if you have interest in making a podcast or maintaining one. There are some very helpful tips on how to podcast the only parts I got lost was the more technological savvy parts. You can order this book at the Colona Public Library! ~Ashley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dean

    This is a good book for people looking to get into podcasting but by the time I got to it I was already past most of what this book discussed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Good introduction on audio podcasting. Offered reviews on equipment, where to upload your podcast, and how to manage your podcast.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lino Matteo

    Podcast: Help! So, I read the latest version of Podcasting For Dummies, (The 4th Edition) by Tee Morris, and Chuck Tomasi. After reviewing two prior versions my intentions were different this time. I have decided not to do a solo podcasting. Too many things in doing so that do not interest me. I have, however, decided to look for an associate to partner up (joint venture) on doing a Podcast together. If you are someone you know would be or might be interesting in doing this, please let me know by Podcast: Help! So, I read the latest version of Podcasting For Dummies, (The 4th Edition) by Tee Morris, and Chuck Tomasi. After reviewing two prior versions my intentions were different this time. I have decided not to do a solo podcasting. Too many things in doing so that do not interest me. I have, however, decided to look for an associate to partner up (joint venture) on doing a Podcast together. If you are someone you know would be or might be interesting in doing this, please let me know by emailing me at [email protected] The podcast would be about how I and eventually we see the world. Quirky? Zany? It would be Pro • Market forces • Caring and community building • Restorative Justice • Small government • Supported citizens • Fairer taxes • Competition It would not support: • Market bubbles – i.e. Bitcoin • Pollution • Dumping plastics • Killing insects • Destroying human hope • And other things that do not support a caring and nurturing society. Want to know more? Well, there are about 275 blog posts that you can check out – last Thursday was 250 days in a row. Some other random thoughts include: • Wanting to deliver media on a regular basis: everyday learning something new. See my blog posts. • Reaching beyond the boundaries of broadcast media – going direct to an audience. • Having something to say – a weekly podcast seems like a good thing. • Engaging with the public seems like a positive thing for 2022. We would be looking to monetize the podcast in the 2nd part of 2022. We would share on my social media network and the associate would help us expand onto YouTube as well. The goal would be to get to 1000 listeners by 2023. I think. It would be more than just seeking a number it would be about community building of business owners that care; consumers that care and citizens that care and yes, even social activists that understand that using the markets is a good way to promote change for the better. This idea began to dawn on me when reading Michael Larsen’s How to Write a Book Proposal. He has a section on why you would, could, and perhaps should use an agent to bet a book deal etc. It got me think and I have modified his list, do don’t blame him for errors or things you disagree with – blame me. Here goes: • Be impeccably professional in dealing with agents • Treat your relationship with your agent like a working marriage • An agent can help you with the following • Mediator between two realities: you and the marketplace • As scout who knows what publishers are looking for. • A filter who sifts through thousands of submissions a year to discover prose with gold in it and the offers to editors • A midwife • A matchmaker • A negotiator • A liaison • A bookkeeper who checks royalty statements and keeps track of the paperwork • Ad advocate who helps solve problems • A cheerleader • A rainmaker who may be able to obtain assignments for you • A mentor • An oasis of encouragement I continue with: • Producer – technical and assist with business and sponsors • Run an existing sound room that I have access to • Enter into a Joint Venture, they pay me a % of revenue and they keep the rest. • Help in preparing for interviews • Ensuring trouble-free recordings • Minimizing ambient noise • Ensure that the potatoes are out of my mouth and that I enunciate • Help with sponsorship, not advertising • Help formulate a 26 week plan • Watch my back – two heads are better than one • One is the loneliest number, as Three Dog Night sang: “One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do” • And let’s close with a top ten list from the book, Podcasting For Dummies: 1. You are considered a subject matter expert 2. Passionate about the subject 3. Creative itch to scratch 4. You like playing with tech toys 5. Bring your friends together 6. All the cool kids are doing it 7. I can do more 8. Bring out the best in you 9. Talk to interesting people 10. The ultimate thrill ride. Want in? Email me your thoughts and qualifications at [email protected] . Lino Matteo ©™ Twitter @Lino_Matteo PS: To paraphrase an old saying: Trust in yourself but get help! https://linomatteo.wordpress.com/2021...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Calarco

    If you can believe it, I read this for work. I am newly in charge of my program’s podcast and a co-worker kindly gave me a big ‘ole stack of “how-to-podcast” books, including this one. Just as the FCC does not regulate podcasts, there is no managerial body regulating whether or not I can write a review for what is really just a user-friendly instruction manual, with some jokes thrown in for good measure. So I figured why not - here’s my brutally honest review of Podcasting for Dummies (the 2nd e If you can believe it, I read this for work. I am newly in charge of my program’s podcast and a co-worker kindly gave me a big ‘ole stack of “how-to-podcast” books, including this one. Just as the FCC does not regulate podcasts, there is no managerial body regulating whether or not I can write a review for what is really just a user-friendly instruction manual, with some jokes thrown in for good measure. So I figured why not - here’s my brutally honest review of Podcasting for Dummies (the 2nd edition) - it’s okay. Published in 2008, there are parts that are a bit outdated. Choices like the inclusion of long-form URLs are questionable, but I won’t fault someone for citing a source. Do keep these stylistic choices in mind if that ain’t your jam. Given this was written a decade ago, it was hilarious to read how the authors were dumbfounded by the “new” tech of iTunes. Also funny are moments when they recommend utilizing social media by posting to sites that internet archaeologists would refer to as ancient virtual landscapes like “digg” and something called “MySpace.” That said, because it was written prior to the emergence of massively popular podcasting platforms like SoundCloud that do technical work for you, they do provide good information on writing your own RSS feed. Really, this volume is more effective as a history of podcasts than as an effective and relevant how-to manual. That said, I came to this book knowing nothing about podcasts, and now I am not the least bit intimidated by them, so there is that. The book ain’t bad, but I’m sure there are more up-to-date volumes out there.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lino Matteo

    It was a good intro to the subject and then spent more time with the 3rd Edition of the book Finally in Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition we have modified their list of ten, Podcasting can allow you to: 1. Develop your credentials as an expert in certain areas; 2. Show your passion; 3. Scratch a creative itch; 4. Even if you don’t like playing with tech toys it helps you stay current and young; 5. Get a little help from your friends, whether old or new; 6. Stay up to date – and yet, it can be a littl It was a good intro to the subject and then spent more time with the 3rd Edition of the book Finally in Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition we have modified their list of ten, Podcasting can allow you to: 1. Develop your credentials as an expert in certain areas; 2. Show your passion; 3. Scratch a creative itch; 4. Even if you don’t like playing with tech toys it helps you stay current and young; 5. Get a little help from your friends, whether old or new; 6. Stay up to date – and yet, it can be a little like being a DJ while in college (do I have to wear a baseball cap backwards?); 7. Contribute to society – or more accurately, contribute more to society! 8. Show your good side! Or show the goodness of your bad side! 9. In a lock down period and with a New Normal environment looming you can have a reason to talk to interesting people about their passions and purposes; 10. It can be fun. 11. It can help you help others and maybe even help me – with a referral, a client or by buying a book! Finally and not inconsequentially if can make me smile. The smile might shine through. That might make you smile. That would certainly make me smile….pass it on! Lino Matteo ©™ Twitter at @Lino_Matteo https://linomatteo.wordpress.com/2021...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This book delivers what it advertises: a start up guide for those interested in podcasting, or for those asked to help start a podcast because someone thinks they’re tech savvy Note: “tech savvy” simply means “willing to read manuals.” The book is clear, accessible, and easy to digest. I’ll refer to it when helping my friend purchase equipment, record a first show, and make it accessible to podcast aggregators. In other words, I got what I paid for. Why only three stars? Well, this is basically a This book delivers what it advertises: a start up guide for those interested in podcasting, or for those asked to help start a podcast because someone thinks they’re tech savvy Note: “tech savvy” simply means “willing to read manuals.” The book is clear, accessible, and easy to digest. I’ll refer to it when helping my friend purchase equipment, record a first show, and make it accessible to podcast aggregators. In other words, I got what I paid for. Why only three stars? Well, this is basically a tech manual. I grade on overall reading experience, and this is about as well as a tech manual can do.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy. I took notes as I read this. I probably won't be able to start a podcast until I have an empty nest. I can't imagine a better book explaining how to start up a podcast and what equipment and effort are required to make one. Public library copy. I took notes as I read this. I probably won't be able to start a podcast until I have an empty nest. I can't imagine a better book explaining how to start up a podcast and what equipment and effort are required to make one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a bit too nerdy and geeky for me. The constant wordplays and references annoyed me. Also, I found it a bit outdated and sometimes too basic. However, "Podcasting for Dummies" is a good reference book that teached me a lot. This was a bit too nerdy and geeky for me. The constant wordplays and references annoyed me. Also, I found it a bit outdated and sometimes too basic. However, "Podcasting for Dummies" is a good reference book that teached me a lot.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Winkler

    My daughter gave me this book for Christmas, and I read the first few chapters in January when I started my podcasts, but didn’t finish it until now, but this book has loads of practical info about podcasting that has been helpful to me as a newbie.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex Berger

    Set the foundation upon which I got into podcasting and launched my first podcast.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

    Skip read. Usual "for dummies style" Skip read. Usual "for dummies style"

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    This is the first book I have read on this topic so I have nothing to compare it with but they gave me a lot to think about.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Siying Dong

    Very practical.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ian King

    This was a helpful guide, mixed with a little humour. It certainly helped me to 'un-mistify' what podcasting is and what it's about etc., heck, I've even started my own podcasting now and giggle every time my computer spell check says 'error, this word doesn't exist.' Naa, it doesn't really, but it does gives it a wiggly lime under the word. So if you want to learn more about this 'not-so-new' broadcasting opportunity, then this book it a great place to start. Oh, and I really have started my own This was a helpful guide, mixed with a little humour. It certainly helped me to 'un-mistify' what podcasting is and what it's about etc., heck, I've even started my own podcasting now and giggle every time my computer spell check says 'error, this word doesn't exist.' Naa, it doesn't really, but it does gives it a wiggly lime under the word. So if you want to learn more about this 'not-so-new' broadcasting opportunity, then this book it a great place to start. Oh, and I really have started my own podcasting . . . if you're interested, then you can find them at http://dotandtittle.podbean.com . Good luck on your own journey into the great podisphere. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was a great starter book for someone looking to begin a podcast. It contains all of the necessary basics with a little bit extra, so I would not recommend it for people with podcasting experience because it is so elementary. I look forward to now reading more books on the subject before launching my own book-related podcast on iTunes. I will use this book to walk me through the beginning steps and go from there!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ron Arden

    Very good inroduction for anyone wanting to start a podcast. The authors give you the basics, but also delve into enough technical detail to be of great value. They address equipment, software, posting feeds, creating an audience, marketing, making money and a whole lot more. Check out the companion podcasts on iTunes for further information. There is also an expert podcasting book which I will tackle next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Louie

    It was a pretty good book but came up short once I set up with a server. I got error messages about some type of byte stream. This happened on two different servers. I'm not an IT guy so I had no idea how to fix this. The book didn't warn me of this potential problem. I'm assuming that since I got it twice on two different servers that it's probably a common error. It was a pretty good book but came up short once I set up with a server. I got error messages about some type of byte stream. This happened on two different servers. I'm not an IT guy so I had no idea how to fix this. The book didn't warn me of this potential problem. I'm assuming that since I got it twice on two different servers that it's probably a common error.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Johnathon

    Another solid entry in the 'For Dummies' series, this time giving a good & thorough introduction into podcasting. Tee Morris keeps things nicely simple but a bit too technical at times (which does date the material when referencing various tech & websites). However, for anyone interested in podcasting and just curious about the form, a solid read from beginning to end. Another solid entry in the 'For Dummies' series, this time giving a good & thorough introduction into podcasting. Tee Morris keeps things nicely simple but a bit too technical at times (which does date the material when referencing various tech & websites). However, for anyone interested in podcasting and just curious about the form, a solid read from beginning to end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phil Moyer

    A good introductory book for podcasting, including technology selection and software for use. The most useful information, IMHO, was the sections on hosting strategies and web sites, along with mechanisms for including your Podcasts in iTunes and other podcasting services.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Pretty good guide if you have interest in making a podcast or maintaining one. There are some very helpful tips on how to podcast the only parts I got lost was the more technological savvy parts. ~Ashley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    This book has been an invaluable resource to me. It is clearly and concisely written with lots of illustrations and diagrams to further explain key concepts. Highly recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I'm a dummy and I want to make podcasts. I'm a dummy and I want to make podcasts.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Icepick

    Excellent, clearly written and loads of useful content. It turned out to be exactly what I needed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I'm 5% done with Podcasting For Dummies: Just getting started. Can't believe I forgot this was out there. Guess I'm living up to the demographic. I'm 5% done with Podcasting For Dummies: Just getting started. Can't believe I forgot this was out there. Guess I'm living up to the demographic.

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