Podcasts Are Great For Learning About New Books

I love podcasts! It’s an opportunity to get some “me” time, and find out what’s going on in the world from a variety of perspectives. I listen to them while walking, on the exercycle, or in the car.

I also find it the best way to keep up with new books and hear directly from the authors. I wanted to share 3 with you today.

You can listen to these podcasts online without requiring an ipod or mp3 player.

1. Charlotte Randall (from The Arts on Sunday, 6 March 2011) discusses her new book Hokitika Town. Halfie, a Maori boy runs away from home to Hokitika to try and make his fortune in the height of the gold rush in the 1860s. Charlotte talks about why she chose Hokitika as a setting and Halfie’s patois as he learns to speak English. The audio also includes a reading from the book. I was intrigued enough to place a reserve on it.

2. What’s new in business books (from The Cranky Middle Manager, 4 Feb 2011).
An interview with Todd Sattersten discussing business books of 2010. Todd discusses the most popular topics (global financial crisis, intrinsic motivation) and lists his top 10 business books for 2010. I’d read reviews of most of these, but it was good to hear them discussed as a collection.

3. Think Small! An interview with Phil Simon, author of The New Small (from People and Projects, 1 Feb 2011)
An interview with Phil Simon about his new book
The new small:  how a new breed of small business is harvesting the power of emerging technologies. The book contains 11 case studies about a variety of small businesses and how they have used emerging technologies to achieve fantastic results, including how they moved from traditional infrastructure to emerging technologies and the lessons learned. Small businesses don’t have usually have a lot of time or money, so books and advice that addresses their needs, will usually address those of libraries. The book’s website has a host of information, including the first chapter.

Some other podcasts I listen to include:

Which podcasts do you listen to?


  1. Anne P says:

    I love podcasts and listen to them all the time – in the car, on the bus, on holiday, in bed through my digital radio as speaker. They are a marvellous learning resource – for lots of stuff as well as books.

    I use iTunes, iTunesU and Academic Earth for lecture series from universities, libraries, museums across the world.
    BBC podcasts cover the best of Radio 4 and World Service output – particularly recommend In Our Time for history and culture.
    Guardian Tech Weekly is great for tech stuff.
    New York Times Book Review for book reviews.
    Radio Lingua network for language podcasts – Coffee Break Spanish particularly recommended.
    My favourite podcast is Digital Campus which covers all kinds of digital humanities topics from education, libraries, museums, publishing.

    1. Sally says:

      Hi Anne, Thanks for the suggestions, I haven’t tried these, so I’ve loaded them onto my ipod for a test run.

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