Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fall Down the Rabbit Hole of Book Tube

We are very excited to have Andi back on the blog today to talk about the awesomeness that is....

BookTube. You may have heard about it, and you may have been really confused. It's simply a pet name for the book community on YouTube! When I first stumbled upon BookTube, I was absolutely amazed at the vast amount of video bloggers who love to read. It was like a whole other world opened up! A portal to a magical land kind of like the blogging community but, like, IN PERSON!  Faces, and accents, and jump cuts, oh my!



In similar fashion to the book blogging community, there are scads of video bloggers...BookTubers, if you will...who vlog about YA books. There's also a healthy contingent of those blogging about a wider variety including contemporary and literary fiction, classics, non-fiction, science fiction, graphic novels and plenty of other kinds of reading.

Most people just stumbling upon BookTube note that the content creators are a young crowd, on the whole. While that's true, the number of BookTubers in their 30s and beyond is certainly growing. In short, if you ever thought about vlogging, don't be afraid. The bookish community at YouTube is comparably warm and welcoming to the bunch of folks who live here in the blogosphere.

BookTube is also really fun for the fact that people's personalities really shine through in their vlogs. Some are soft-spoken and measured. Others are twangy and off-the-cuff (that would be me). And there's a variety in the way that people create their videos. Some use high-quality digital cameras, while some of us rely on our iPhones (also me).

What can you expect when you start ruffling through BookTube videos?

  • Monthly wrap-up videos
  • TBRs
  • Book hauls! Because who doesn't love new books?
  • TAG videos! These are similar to "surveys" or memes in the blogosphere. Lots of fun!
  • Reviews
  • General frivolity and book talk
  • Lots of comments on videos!
If you're interested in learning more about BookTube, but you're not sure where to start, you can peruse my BookTuber playlist! This is a list of videos I love from BookTubers who flip my switch. This also includes fellow blogger and prolific BookTuber, Brooke from The Blog of Litwits. She was my gateway to BookTube, and I could not be happier!


Thank you so much, Andi, for hashing out all the details of Book Tube!  Vlogs are so much fun and it is great to have this as part of the Book Blogging Community!

Please do leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts on Book Tube!

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    1. All your fault, Brooke. All your fault.

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  2. People who can talk on video are brave! I am completely a writer. When I open my mouth, what is in my head never comes out right, but if I write it down, it's pretty much exactly what I want to say. I'd have to use quiet cards!

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    1. Haha! You wouldn't be the only one, Jennine. I know quite a few BookTubers who script their videos. To each their own!

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    2. Jennine- same here! Or I ramble like a crazy person! lol

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  3. Oh my goodness... I probably heard of this and forgot about it but no more! Guess where I'll be spending my play time...

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    1. It's an addiction, Lisa, and it hits quick.

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  4. Okay, this is awesome!! I'm not sure I would be great at BookTube because I have this completely irrational distaste for being in the front of the camera, but I am really excited to check out your playlist. What a fun way to put a face to a name and hear all the accents! (Maybe that would be another reason why I am afraid to do BookTube. I'm told I talk funny!)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it, Tif! I hope you find some channels you like on the playlist.

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  5. I've been a lurker on BookTube :) I prefer my anonymity but LOVE watchings the vids. It really is addictive!

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    1. Toooootally addictive. I'm way behind on my watching and just want to binge watch!

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  6. I wasn't even aware this existed so I'm quite thankful you shared! Off to check this whole new world out!

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  7. Finally got to watch this! I'm a BookTube lurker because I don't have a ton of confidence in my ability to speak about books without sounding like a ditz or stumbling over my words. Maybe practice makes perfect? :)

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    1. Practice definitely makes perfect. Or at least practice loosens one up. lol

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  8. Thanks for this post! I've wanted to more seriously check out what this is about but haven't known where to start.

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    1. I hope you find some channels you like on my playlist! Enjoy falling down the rabbit hole!

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  9. I've heard of Booktube but never really understood what it was so thanks for clearing it up. I'm definitely gonna check it out and maybe even give it a go myself. I've done a couple of videos as an author but never reviewing books - even though I'm a womens fiction reviewer at Fiction Dreams! I think it would be cool to spice it up a little lol! I need to check out your vids too.. but I'll wait til I'm at home (not this cafe!) :)

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    1. Thanks, Suzy! I hope you find all kinds of fun in the BookTube community and decide to take part more!

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