BookTube. It’s a Thing.

Issue 47

As I’ve started to shift gears to reading more books than comic books, I’ve come across something (a phenomenon?) called BookTube.

BookTube is not a separate site. From what I can tell it’s all on YouTube. Unsurprisingly, the people apart of this digital subculture refer to themselves as BookTubers.

So what does a BookTuber do? This is what I’ve witnessed:

  • They talk about the books that they have read
    • Sometimes this all the books they have read for the month
    • Sometimes one post is dedicated to a single book
    • Sometimes its a themes like: Great Sci-Fi Novels, or My Least Favorite Popular Books
  • They create and participate in Tags
    • It’s basically a questionnaire that they respond to in a video.
  • They do bookshelf tours
  • They review their book hauls
  • They offer advise for new BookTubers
  • They spend a lot of time editing (ok, I haven’t witnessed this, but it seems…

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