You may have heard of YouTube, but do you know BookTube? This vibrant, video-based community that makes content about books. The videos can be anything from book reviews to artistic reinterpretations of classic stories to reading advice to strange memes and delightful animations. There are literally thousands of hours of free content available about books! But where to start…
Want to learn about literature?
Try Crash Course Literature – a whole series of videos about those classic books you had to read for school. These fast paced, clever videos pack an impressive amount of information into every second, and the supporting sound and graphics teams behind each video make for a very polished product that’s perfect for pulling in people new to YouTube.
If Crash Course goes too fast for you, consider the slower paced, more colloquial Thug Notes. These informational videos mix “thug”-style language with classical video analysis to make for a truly unique experience, very likely to make information stick in your head. Just be aware that these videos do feature some strong language.
Looking for a new interpretation of an old classic?
Try checking out some of Pemberley Digital’s modern day, feminist retellings of classic stories like Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Little Women,
Or if you like C.S. Lewis, watch this illustrator draw at super speed to illustrate C.S. Lewis’ work in time with its audio.
Want to hear some book reviews?
Most of booktube is pretty young, and tends to specialize in reviews of YA, comics, and genre fiction. The Readables, for instance, or bookswithdylan are a good example of typical BookTube fare. But not all BookTube is flashy, social media-infused YA commentary.
Want to learn more about BookTube?
Ariel Bissett has some lovely commentary about the BookTube community and how it has affected her reading habits.