A perfect text to get you started down the podcasting road, The Best Solution for the Novice Podcaster... Get This Book. If you're interested in starting your own podcast and want to learn the smallest of details without being or feeling bogged down with a lot of information, this book is for you. This book takes you pretty much step-by-step from how to obtain third-party podcasts to learn how others do it, to downloading tools and Web sites of interest. It provides detailed information on the types of equipment you need, from a simple mic plugged into your computer to mixers and other hardware you may wish to have, and how to use them effectively for your podcast. It goes into great depth on how to record your podcast effectively, and how to edit and improve your sound quality, all the while warning you on the little pitfalls that can make your podcast difficult to listen to. It also explains how to get your podcast on the Net, from registering your own domain and finding hosting (or using services such as Blogger) or using an existing provider, as well as how to set up the extremely important RSS feed and get distribution like through iTunes. You are even given advice on how to make money as a podcaster. The material makes this an excellent, insightful book that will aid the novice into making well-produced podcasts. This book covers a subject that can be a bit intimidating and makes it extremely approachable. It doesn't target the techno-geek who understands all the technology. Instead, it assumes 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. It covers the more popular tools and techniques currently on the market. Because of that, you get to avoid the dead-ends that are so common when you get started with a new toy. You will be impressed with the span of coverage given to the subject. Everything from 'what is a podcast' to 'how to do preproduction' to 'how to do postproduction'. Everything you absolutely need to know to start down that path is in here. Very good book, clear information, and great writing, Highly recommended if podcasting is on your radar screen.