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Best Book Podcasts


If you love books and love hearing about books and publishing and authors, you should try listening to some book podcasts. If you’re not familiar with podcasts think of them as radio shows you can subscribe to and listen to on your own time.

Some of them are indeed shows that aired on the radio while others are online only shows put together by the editors of websites (like the New York Times) or individuals. You can listen to them on your iPod, iPhone, or mobile listening device then delete them when you’re all done.

Book podcasts are a great way to stay up-to-date on what’s new in the book world. Depending on the podcast you can hear book reviews, author interviews, what’s new with the fast-paced world of ebooks, or just general book discussion. They are great to listen to while you’re walking the dog or cleaning house. Here is a selection of some great ones you can try.

  • The NPR Books Podcast is a weekly round-up of all the book-related stories NPR aired in the previous week. Recent stories include the new movie adaptation of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” the death of Maya Angelou, and LeVar Burton’s new “Reading Rainbow” campaign. Visit n.pr/1hP5Gck for more information
  • On the Bookworm podcast Michael Silverblatt interviews authors of newly-published books. Recent guests have included Emma Donoghue (“Frog Music”), Mona Simpson (“Casebook”), and Lydia Davis (“Can’t and Won’t”). New episodes are released weekly and each is about 30 minutes. Visit kcrw.com/etc/programs/bw for more information.
  • Books on the Nightstand features Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman talking about the world of books, bookstores, and publishing. They have interesting conversations on such topics as ebooks and what makes a classic a classic, and they also provide book recommendations. Visit booksonthenightstand.com for more information.
  • The BookRiot podcast is provided by the editors of bookriot.com. They talk about book and publishing news as well as book reviews and recommendations. Recently they’ve been discussing the Hachette-Amazon dispute. Episodes are released weekly and last about an hour. Visit bookriot.com/category/podcast/ for more information.
  • You Wrote the Book is a new podcast hosted by Simon Savidge. Guest authors talk about their life as a writer, their experience getting a book published, the books they like to read, and much more. This is a great one to listen to if you have aspirations to be a writer yourself! Visit bookbasedbanter.co.uk/youwrotethebook/ for more information.