Many of you have probably already heard about BlogTalkRadio, but I hadn't until I saw it today over at BookClubGirl's blog. Here's the blurb from the site:
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BlogTalkRadio is the social radio network that allows users to connect quickly and directly with their audience. Using an ordinary telephone and computer hosts can create free, live, call-in talk shows with unlimited participants that are automatically archived and made available as podcasts. No software download is required. Listeners can subscribe to shows via RSS into iTunes and other feed readers. Our network has produced tens of thousands of episodes since it launched in August of 2006.
There's a wide variety of topics on the site, including politics, current events, business, comedy, entertainment and a whole lot more. The category for 'books' currently has 726 episodes available. Jennifer, aka BookClubGirl, used the technology to record and post an author interview in which book club members phoned into the show with their questions.You can listen to Jennifer's interview with author Jamie Saul here.
You can sign up to be a host or a listener or both. I haven't had time to do anything more than simply listen to this one post, but I can definitely see the value of this technology. This is just one more way for readers to connect with the authors and books that they love.