So I spent some time today searching through the different podcast directories. Learning to use podcasts was a fairly easy process. Like many of the other Learning 2.0 tools, I have heard of podcasts, but never really used them until recently. I downloaded iTunes and browsed through their podcast lists. I found quite a few podcasts about novels I love. I'm a HUGE Jane Austen fan so, of course, one of the first items I had to look for was Pride and Prejudice. Sure enough I found a podcast on that. I also found a podcast on Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, which is one of my favorite works of his.
Podcast.net and Yahoo Podcasts would not work on my computer, but I checked out Podcastalley.com. I did not really like it all that much because I couldn't really find anything that stood out to me. I did, however, listen to a couple of book review podcasts. Perhaps the most interesting of them was ABC Book Review in which two librarians from the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio discuss heir thoughts on various books. It was a couple years old, but still okay to listen to. I also found a Jane Austen podnovel in which Northanger Abbey (my 2nd favorite Austen novel) was read. Podcastalley.com also had a series of podcasts pertaining to news and events from different public and academic libraries, such as "The Library Channel" from Arizona State University Library and a podcast from Lansing Public Library in Michigan.
NPR also had a huge selection of podcasts on all kinds of topics: music, cars, news, money, etc. They had quite a selection of podcasts pertaining to books reviews and interviews with different authors.
In all honesty, I cannot really see myself listening to podcasts a great deal. However, I am glad to at least I know how they work and what the different podcast directories are.