Bookstore Tourism Podcast Debuts, Offering Weekly News and Updates on Unique Travel Niche for Booklovers

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Larry Portzline, creator of the Bookstore Tourism concept and author of the book by the same name, has launched a weekly podcast featuring the latest news about this innovative new travel niche for booklovers, plus tips for listeners to plan their own bookstore road trips and literary adventures.

Larry Portzline, creator of the Bookstore Tourism concept and author of the book by the same name, has launched a weekly podcast featuring the latest news about this innovative new travel niche for booklovers, plus tips for listeners to plan their own bookstore road trips and literary adventures.

The debut program, now available at http://www.bookstoretourism.com, features news about the Southern California Booksellers Association, which is planning a bookstore road trip for booklovers in San Diego; the U.S. Senate's passage of reader privacy safeguards for the USA Patriot Act; and a weekly Bookstore Tourism Tip from Portzline.

"Podcasting is a great new technology, and it's an excellent way to keep booklovers informed about the Bookstore Tourism trend," said Portzline. "It's a grassroots project top to bottom, and it supports independent booksellers by helping to raise awareness about them and stress their importance."

A podcast is essentially a radio program that's broadcast over the web, but because it's in MP3 format, listeners can play it whenever they want -- either on their home computer or on an MP3 player such as an iPod or a Dell DJ. Podcasts use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds that make it easy for web users to access news and information by allowing them to view the latest headlines and summaries from their favorite sites in one place, called a "feed reader" or "news aggregator." RSS feeds also can be viewed on XML-compatible devices such as a cell phone, pager, or handheld computer. This same technology is what allows podcasts to be downloaded to audio devices or home computers, Portzline noted.

"Many news organizations, blogs and websites are now using RSS feeds, making it more convenient than ever for people to stay up-to-date on topics that are important to them," Portzline said. "It's revolutionizing the way information is disseminated, and I want fans of Bookstore Tourism to be at the front-end of that."

Other news about the project is available from the daily Bookstore Tourism blog at http://bookstoretourism.blogspot.com.

To start receiving programs from the Bookstore Tourism Podcast, enter the following address (URL) in your web-based feed reader (such as My Yahoo, My MSN, Bloglines, etc.) or news aggregator: http://www.bookstoretourism.com/podcast.xml.

More information is available at http://www.bookstoretourism.com.

A writer and college instructor in Harrisburg, PA, Portzline was a jury member for Publishers Weekly's 2005 Bookseller of the Year Award. He is the author of "Bookstore Tourism: The Book Addict's Guide to Planning & Promoting Bookstore Road Trips for Bibliophiles & Other Bookshop Junkies."

Kirkus called the book "Engaging reading and an invigorating guide to an appealing and promising concept." The Chicago Tribune said, "This little volume might be just the thing to get people not only reading again but visiting their local independents. Spread the word." USA Today called it "A charming alternative." The Boston Globe said, "Larry Portzline has taken a novel idea on the road." Publishers Weekly said "Bookstore Tourism might be the beginning of a new concept in bookselling." The Midwest Book Review called it "as much fun as it is informational" and "one of the most inexpensive and useful book-oriented resources."

CONTACT:

Larry Portzline

P.O. Box 6067

Harrisburg, PA 17112

717-541-0710

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