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Books Podcast

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Do you ever listen to book-related podcasts? If so, which ones and why? (Include the URLs for people who aren’t familiar with them.)

I rarely listen to audio books but I do listen to a weekly podcast. Every Thursday, the National Public Radio updates its book podcast, a 20-minute broadcast on author interviews, suggested reading, and reviews. This is a great resource for new books, noteworthy books, and news of authors. You can subscribe to the Books Podcast directly using your preferred podcasting tool such as iTunes or Zune. You can also download the MP3/4 file of the latest podcast to your computer. Podcast is easy, it’s like electronic transfer, every Thursday morning, the podcast is there waiting for me!

7 Responses

  1. I subscribe to NPR Books but I haven’t listened to it in a long time. Today’s BTT has me reconsidering my habits!

  2. For New Book info, I listen to the NYT Book Review podcast and the Guardian, but they aren’t amongst my favourite podcasts, which are less New Book focussed and more Writer focussed, like Eleanor Wachtel’s Writers & Company interviews; these offer me a new slant on writers whose works I know and often introduce me to international writers with whom I’m unfamiliar.

  3. Thanks for reminding me about this one. I listened once or twice when I heard about it a few months ago and then forgot about it. I love listening to some of the shows on Book TV on CSPAN although they only cover non-fiction for the most part.

    • Some local bookstores have podcasts but they are not updated on a regular basis. I find NPR the most consistent in length and content.

  4. I listen to the NYT Book Review podcast. I also enjoy a podcast called Books on the Nightstand (www.booksonthenightstand.com). They publish a new podcast every Wednesday. The format is pretty informal and they frequently use contributions from their listeners. The hosts are employees of Random House, but the podcast is not a Random House project. Don’t know how much influence the Random House connection actually has in the reviews, but I don’t think it is much. Though it’s hard not to be cynical these days…

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