Discussion: Reaching out with podcasts?
The New York Times just had an article about writers creating audio performances of their work on free podcasts as a way of attracting new readers. I noted Cory Doctorow's podcast in a previous post, and this article mentions other writers who are giving this approach a try.
In case you're not able to access the article, here's a notable quote from one writer:
“I’m just completely impatient with the publishing world,” he said. “Even if a publisher said yes tomorrow, it would be a full year before the book was in the marketplace. Coming from the Internet, that was just insane to me.”
It's been interesting to watch as perceptions of time have become more of a factor in the difference the online and, for lack of a better word, 'traditional' worlds.
The article goes on to note that some of these podcasts have gained thousands of listeners, although I'm not sure how accurate the estimates of podcast audiences are these days. Still, it seems like a development worth watching.
So, how about it, Oort Clouders? (We really do need a name for ourselves, don't we?) Have you listened to any of these podcasts? If you have, what did you think?
And have you ever thought about giving podcasts a try yourself?