Bookish Podcasts

By Allison Riggs

 As we continue to shelter in place, now might be a great time to try a new podcast. Whether you are looking for a new form of entertainment, want to work on some collection development, or want to hear about how COVID-19 is affecting the publishing industry, libraries, and readers, this list has a podcast for you!

As an avid podcast listener, I had a fun time curating this list for you. I just want to note that I only featured podcasts that are still releasing new episodes, and that I have listened to at least one episode of every podcast featured. This list could have been much longer, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with options. If you want even more recommendations, you can check out a few other lists that I provide below. Happy listening!

Book Industry Podcasts

Book Riot: The Podcast – Book Riot has a lot of podcasts for you to check out, but I chose this one because it’s a helpful source for news in the publishing industry.

Professional Book Nerds – Adam and Jill work at OverDrive and share their love of books with reading recommendations, discussing new releases, and author interviews.

This is the Author – This podcast is for audiobook fans. Produced by Penguin Random House Audio, each episode has authors talking about what it was like narrating their audiobooks.

From the Front Porch – A bookseller discusses all things books and the bookstore life. Each episode begins with a quote from a book that matches the theme of the episode.

Library Podcasts

The Librarian is In – This is New York Public Library’s podcast that talks about books, culture, and what to read next.

Well-Read– Librarians from the Beaufort County Library discuss what they are currently reading, librarian reading challenges, upcoming books to keep an eye out for, and more.

Teen Title Talk – Two librarians from Derry Public Library review two YA books every two weeks, and discuss library life.

Dewey Decibel – This monthly podcast all about libraries is brought to you by American Libraries, the magazine of ALA.

General Bookish Podcasts

Currently Reading – Currently Reading is a wonderful weekly podcast run by three ladies who love reading and the library. Each week they share their bookish moment of the week, what they are currently reading, deep dive into a bookish topic, and press a book into readers’ hands.

Reading Women – “Reclaim half the bookshelf.” These podcasters discuss books by and about women.

The Readerly Report – Hosted by Nicole Bonia and Gayle Weiswasser, The Readerly Report is a podcast and website about books and the reading life.

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live – Each week Sarah features a guest and they share two old books they loved, two new books they love, one book they don’t love, and one new release they are excited about.

Want even more bookish podcasts recommendations to try out?

Book Riot’s Podcast List

13 Must-Hear Librarian Podcasts

Stuck in the Stacks: Bookish Podcasts

12 Podcast Recommendations for Book Lovers


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