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What is BookTube?

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.

Creators like WellDoneBooks and Britta Böhler specialize in Literary Fiction like A Man Called Ove and Tana French’s books.

Bookish Four Eyes and ChapterStackss read and review thrillers like The Woman in the Window and Since We Fell.

There are even reviewers for genres like classics and Russian Fiction. Chances are good that you can find someone on BookTube who shares your taste in books.

Want to learn more about BookTube?

Ariel Bissett has some lovely commentary about the BookTube community and how it has affected her reading habits.

Huffington Post and Book Riot have some guides of their own, if you’re interested.

Happy watching!


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Offbeat Book Blogs

Not all book blogs are created equal. Some of them are just cooler than others. Or quirker than others. Or just plain fun.

Below are six unusual internet places that celebrate books.

DEATH ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie.

3-Panel Book Reviews – a reviewer who sums her reading experience up perfectly in a three panel comic per book

AYearofReadingtheWorld – a blog from one of the worldliest readers ever, reviewing English translations of books that were written all over the world. Check out the list here.


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Thug Notes – Explore LITERATURE with yo’ boy Sparky Sweets, PhD. It’s classic literature, original gangster. Always wanted to get into classic literary theory, but find regular English classes too boring? Try Sparky Sweets.

Heads up though, in true “thug” style, these videos use some strong language.

Go Book Yourself – a collection of book recommendations based on the principle of “if you like this book, you’ll like these other ones too.”

The Spaghetti Book Club - Book Reviews by Kids for Kids

Spaghetti Book Club – a collection of book reviews written and illustrated by kids, for kids. These are really, really cute.

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Pemberley Digital –  a web video production company that adapts classic works (like Frankenstein, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice) onto new media formats. Their scripted YouTube videos are fun adaptations in their own right, but are even more fascinating to trace across Tumblr, Pinterest, and other cross-platform tie-ins.



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