Netstuff: Podiobooks article in the New York Times online


There is an article in the Books section of the New York Times online today about one of my favorite websites,

Podiobooks combines the concepts of audiobooks and podcasts to deliver free, full-length novels (fiction and non-fiction) in regular, bite-sized installments to your favorite podcatcher (I use iTunes).

After signing up for a free account, you can browse the site and subscribe to more than 90 titles. Once you’ve subscribed, chapters from the novel(s) are delivered to your podcatcher on a weekly basis. Feeds are customizable, so if you want to receive chapters more frequently you can tweak the delivery settings to meet your preference.

With most podcasts, when you subscribe your podcatcher downloads the latest episode; if you go to J.C. Hutchins’ 7th Son website right now and subscribe to his feed, you’ll get the latest episode of the second novel in his trilogy, which is definitely not where you want to begin listening.

On Podiobooks, when you subscribe to Hutchins’ first novel, 7th Son: Descent, (and you should), you get a custom feed that starts from the beginning of the book and delivers a new chapter on whatever schedule you like. That’s what makes Podiobooks unique.

Read the article, then go sign up for an account at If you want some recommendations, I can suggest a few titles:

  • Ancestor by Scott Sigler.Am I the only one who finds the idea of Scott Sigler recording in a closet absolutely hilarious? I hope not. I want a poster made of that photo! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read the New York Times article, dammit! Most of the action Sigler’s second podcast novel takes place on a fictional island in Lake Superior, where scientists are hard at work creating beastly critters that want to eat us all. I enjoyed the hell out of this book, but I have one bone to pick with Mr. Sigler: No self-respecting Yooper would name his dog “Pasty”.
  • 7th Son: Descent by J.C. Hutchins. I’ve talked about this book on and on The Round Table more times than I can count, and with good reason: it rocks. After a four-year-old boy kills the President of the United States, seven men are suddenly ripped away from their ordinary lives to discover that they are all clones of the man responsible assassination, and only by working together can they stop him.
  • The Red Panda Adventures by Decoder Ring Theater. Radio drama in the style of The Shadow and The Green Hornet. The Red Panda and The Flying Squirrel use clever gadgets, hypnosis and fisticuffs to fight crime on the streets of Toronto. By day, the costumed vigilantes are actually one of the city’s wealthiest menUnless I missed something, The Red Panda’s alter ego is never named throughout Season One. I only realized this about halfway into the season, so I’ll admit I wasn’t listening for the name in the first few episodes. Very clever. and his sassy driver, Kit Baxter.
  • Voices: New Media Fiction edited by Mur Lafferty. A collection of previously-podcasted short stories from authors like Cory Doctorow, Tee Morris, James Patrick Kelly and Patrick McLean (whose “Death of a Dishwasher” is one of the collection’s highlights).
  • The Curious Education of Epitome Quirkstandard by A.F. Harrold. How to describe this one? At the risk of insulting the author and the citizens of the United Kingdom, I’ll call it “very British”. Epitome Quirkstandard is an English dandy who — thanks to World War I — finds himself without a cadre of servants waiting on him hand and foot. Simone Crepuscular ran away from home to join the circus and accidentally joined the army, instead. After a long tour in India, Crepuscular leaves the service and travels across Asia and Europe, eventually returning to England where he self-publishes an astonishing number of pamphlets that contain the length and breadth of his considerable knowledge and experience. When the clueless Quirkstandard passes out near Crepuscular’s pamphlet shop, it marks the beginning of his curious eduction.

5 responses to “Netstuff: Podiobooks article in the New York Times online”

  1. P.G. Holyfield Avatar

    scott skyped me last night with the link to the article, and I just laughed and called my wife over to see the photo of him in his closet…

    because it’s exactly where I’m recording now too — well, not his closet… but you get the idea.

    I’d also recommend:

    The Immortals

  2. KJToo Avatar

    [Comment ID #8840 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I’m subscribed to both Singularity and The Immortals (not to mention Pocket and Pendant, Brave Men Run and Nina Kimberly the Merciless). Alas, I’ve not had time to listen to them yet.

    What you do in Scott Sigler’s closet is between you, Sigler, and his leather jacket.

  3. Greg Avatar

    Ah – I see you took Mr. Hutchins request to spread the word. 🙂 Listened to that episode this morning. Unfortunately, I spent way too much time blogging about gaves I’ve quit, and now I’ve got work to catch up on.

  4. KJToo Avatar

    [Comment ID #8842 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I’m way behind on Deceit, so I haven’t heard J.C.’s request to spread the word. Chris Miller tweeted the story this morning, so I figured I’d give Podiobooks some well-deserved face time today.

  5. Rae Avatar

    The Immortals is excellent…but appears to have either stopped, or my feed is dead. I want to know how it ends!

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