Discussing the reoccurring conversation in the overall book reviewing community regarding blogging vs. booktubing.

Even though I said it at least 3 times in the video, I am discussing a VERY small portion of the blogging community and overall the blogging community is lovely.

Please keep all comments civil and respectful.

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17 Responses to Booktubing vs. Blogging | Book Chat

  • The Library Lush says:

    I'm a book blogger and I love booktube! Like you said, we all have different platforms we work on, and it's all personal preference! Doesn't mean one is better than the other. One reason I like booktube is because I feel it's more personal than a blog; you can really put yourself out there and make sure your voice gets heard the way you want it to. When I'm writing I can't control how people read/interpret what I write. Booktubers have a little more control with that (ie. tone, inflection, facial expression, etc.). Anyway, I'm rambling but just want to reiterate that I love booktube and I love your videos!

  • Guillermo Andrade says:

    You're super super smart Sam! Your discussion videos are life goals!

  • BIYATUU says:

    It's just jealousy.  Booktubers are obviously getting more attention.

  • Kirstin Reads says:

    Tbh i didn't know this was something happened! I always thought bloggers and book tubers were quite I don't know like friendly.This was a really insightful video!

  • Karintha says:

    This is so interesting to me. I hadn't heard about all of this but it doesn't make any sense to me. Reading a book and have thoughts about said book and having the bravery to voice those opinions – it's all the same. As someone who aims to eventually blog, vlog and gram about books, I see value in all of it.
    Personally, I haven't gotten into videos because I see BookTubing as something that is really daunting, time consuming and braver in some ways than writing behind a computer screen so it's funny that it seems people see it the opposite way.
    Great video! Completely needed to be said.

  • Lily says:

    I prefer to listen to book tube now rather then read a blog post for the simple reason, I can listen to a review while I clean or cook or get ready for work. I can't read and multitask I get too sucked in if I read, but I can split my mind when listening. It's strange but it works for me.

  • Kaugummiqueen Bloggerin says:

    I think this was a really interesting discussion. But I also think that it was quite one-sided.

    I am a BookBLOGGER and I love watching BookTube. I know that Bloggers don't reach as many people as BookTubers, but I decided to use the Blogger platform because I don't want to stay in front of a camera. So it was my own decision to write and not to film.

    I watch most of the "bigger" BookTubers, because I really like them. Of course there are some which I don't watch because I don't like their taste of books or their way of videomaking, but not because they are "big".

    I decided for myself that I don't want ARCs. I get several request every month, but I've already noted on my blog that I don't want any ARCs. Because I feel pressured to read these books in a short time and then I don't want to read them at all. I don't care whether BookTuber or BookBlogger read a lot of ARCs or not. It's totally fine with me.

    My only issue with the English-Speaking-BookTubers is, that they often hype some YA books like crazy and in 99% of the cases when I give in to the hype, I hated the book in the end. So I just don't read hyped books anymore which are really popular on BookTube (because that's indeed a difference between BookTubers and BookBloggers, BookTubers are way faster with hyping a book). But I do love watching discussions or rants about those hyped books, like ACOTAR or stuff like that.

    Greetings, KQ

  • Sereniti Irish says:

    thank you for making this video!! it's very that the hate needs to stop its unnecessary. also could you recommend any good blogs please???

  • TheMirrorWorld says:

    I feel like you are the booktube mom 😀 Not in a bad way, but like you're the reasonable voice of the community (not that everybody else is crazy, there are a lot of great people out there!)

  • Stephanie says:

    I’m newer to the book reviewing community in terms of personally creating content within the community. I finally started my own blog a few months ago because I read so much and have a lot of opinions and thoughts, even questions, and I don't have many people in my personal life who read, let alone read or care about the same books. I chose a blog platform because I'm extremely camera shy and, to be honest, I didn't realize booktube was a growing thing until recently (and I mean within the last month recently, my bad). It is saddening to look at three different platforms (YouTube, Blogs, and Instagram) sharing their equal love for books, yet trying to distinguish this unnecessary hierarchy. In my not so important opinion being someone who is still just a blip on the book community radar, I find it debatable to say one platform is better due to intellectual capacity. Building an audience relies heavily on your ability to produce consistent content, genre focus (if any), and personality. Sorry to say, but even I can admit that I tend to gravitate toward one blog/vlog/Instagram over another because I enjoy the person behind the books/posts. I'm more likely to subscribe/follow a content creator that I enjoy on a more personal level as well as what they discuss. There is so much more to be said on this topic and thank you for bringing it to the table.

  • Amity Miller says:

    I have been an avid reader for my entire life, however I am super new to the concept of Booktubing/Book blogging/Bookstagram etc. and i have to say, I love them all! I feel like they all add an extra angle and they need each other.

    I love this video, and I think some of the problems you brought up definitely needed addressing.

    Hit the nail on the head girl! New subscriber right here.

  • Jishnu Bandyopadhyay says:

    I am a Book Blogger and I really second her on the opinion that we, Booktubers, Bookstagrammers etc. are together and a single community of book lovers. If we segregate among ourselves, we are dividing our own audience and misleading them.

  • Hannah Court says:

    I have a lot of respect for Booktubers, I am a book blogger I would love to do YouTube videos however like you explained, making a video takes a lot longer than a blog post. I can sit in my PJ's when making a blog post. Your thoughts were well explained. I would never bash a fellow Book reviewer.

  • Tasha Chambers says:

    This is the best weblog for anybody who needs to search out out about this topic. You notice so much its almost onerous to argue with you (not that I truly would needHaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just nice!

  • Ashley Holdren says:

    I am new to the idea of book blogging (I plan to start doing this in the near future) so I am in shock that this is even a thing to be arguing about. Like, we're all discussing books so what's the big deal??? Honestly, people just want something to complain or argue about!!! "I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school… I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy…" and read and converse about books.

    Hahaha! ^_^

  • Emily Martin says:

    What are ARCs? Sorry.

  • JackInards says:

    Some bloggers are like some movie reviewers, IDIOTS. They actually believe they are more legitimate at talking about something because they are not in front of a camera. They put themselves on a false pedestal that makes them believe that the are elite.



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