I have done a few posts about audiobooks recently, and both of those postings teased a future post about podiobooks. Well, this is that post. This is not going to be like either of those previous posts, by which I mean there will not be a top 5 list. I will give a few recommendations on podiobooks I enjoyed greatly, however, so if you were looking for where to start, this will be informative. The reason for this format change, will be explained later on in this post. For now, let’s move right on to the subject of podiobooks.
What is a podiobook? The word podiobook comes from the combination of two words and worlds. Simply put, a podiobook is an audiobook, done in podcast format. So instead of going out and purchasing an entire audiobook and listening to it, the audiobook is recorded (generally by the author) and self-published as a podcast, around an hour a week. These can be available via iTunes or straight RSS feed. That covers the definition of a podiobook, in a nutshell.
Last week, I put up a post about my favorite Stephen King audiobooks (click here to read) with a promise at the end that I would do another post in the near future about my favorite audiobooks from all authors, not just King. I did this because my favorite question after I meet a Stephen King fan is to ask who else they read. I would assume that is your favorite question as well. I do hear it a lot from people, so I figured I would throw up a post about it. I prefer audiobook format over regular books, because I just do. I get wrapped up in them quicker and easier, which makes the story more enjoyable, to me.
I also wish to state that I am not including podiobooks in this list. Podiobooks will get their own post, simply because of format differences. Also, podiobooks are generally put together by indie authors, and, in my mind at least, it’s not fair to stack them against “The Pros.” One podiobook did make this list, however, and that is purely because it was that good. I also own the e-book of it, even though I will probably never read it. Sorry for that. Once again, if you are not aware of what a podiobook is, then you will have to wait for that post for me to explain it. You could use the “Amazing Google Machine” in front of you now, if you want to learn more.
This is the second part of discussion on The Dark Tower 5: Wolves of the Calla with my buddy Jeff Lane. If you haven’t had a chance to check out his podiobooks yet, head over to www.jefflaneaudiobooks.com and get subscribed on iTunes.
Not a lot of news on this episode, mainly because, I think, no one was expecting this to come out so quickly with such a long hiatus before the last episode. Things are back on track, and I couldn’t be happier!
The two bits of news that I do have are:
The great guys over at Random Download Productions are still trying to fund their Dollar Baby of Stephen King’s “Stationary Bike” that they are just calling “Bike.” Please help them out by contributing anything you can to the production of this short film. You can get more information or make a contribution by going to their IndieGoGo page.
I am hoping to get a table at Stumptown Comic Fest, Oregon’s version of ComiCon, in April. It is going to cost me around $1,000.00 to make that happen, so I was hoping my listeners could help me out. You will find “Donate” buttons on all of the blogs, so if you would like to make a donation, please do. For those of you that don’t want to give money away for no reason at all, you can support my sponsor and grab a free audiobook download from Audible. You get something out of it, and they give me a little commission in return. Link at the end of the shownotes.
Jeff Lane, author of “This Paper World” and “One Way,” amongst other stories, joins me for the discussion portion of this episode. We did discuss the entire book in one sitting, but I wasn’t sure if I should put up the full 2+ hour discussion in one episode or not. My indescision lead me to ask the Facebook and Twitter contingent of listeners, and they decided that I should break the discussion into two seperat episodes, so I did. This is Part 1 of Stephen King’s Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla. The rest of the discussion of the book will be out in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can go check out Jeff Lane’s Podobooks of “This Paper World” and “One Way” on his Website or on iTunes
That’s it for this episode! Join Jeff and I next time for more discussion on Wolves of the Calla!