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Booktube vs Book blogging | Discussion Post #4

Hey Guys! So, you may have noticed that the time between my second and third discussion posts and third and fourth discussion posts varies. Like I literally just did the discussion on Read-a-thons and here I am with a discussion on Booktube vs Book Blogging! You may wonder why so? Well, the answer is the YOU! A lot of my readers told me that they enjoy reading discussion posts so well, here I am giving in to the demands of my dear readers! Because without you, this *waves vaguely in the direction of the blog* wouldn’t exist.

Okay, that was too cheesy and a bit cringey.

There is also the fact that this was a topic that was weighing in on my mind ever since I discovered the joys of booktube- so here goes nothing.

Anywho, let’s move on to the topic of the post: BOOKTUBE VS BOOK BLOGGING.

A few months ago, when I started blogging, I was introduced to the world of book blogging. Like, literally. Never before had I read blogs or gone online to read books. It was like a whole new bookish world out here and it was so much fun! And about a month ago, when I was just checking new post ideas- read-a-thons, tags etc. – I found many bloggers took their inspirations from Booktube. I was intrigued about this new-to-me community. I knew people reviewed stuff on Youtube, but this was so much more! There are so many content ideas on booktube and it is so much more larger than the blogging community. I also think it is rather unfair to the blogging community as there are so many talented bloggers out there and none of them gets the praise they deserve. Like I have never seen a book blogger with more than 10,000 followers whereas booktubers have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. I am not saying that those booktubers are not talented- they are- I really enjoy watching some of the booktubers’ takes on different topics. I am just saying the blogging community deserves more praise too. They too create content and contribute to the bookish community.

Here is a table comparing booktube and book blogs.

Book tubeBook blogging
1.Booktube has loads of more original content than the blogging community. Booktubers end up creating more content in terms of tags, read-a-thons and discussions.The blogging community is great for the promotion of all such content, but it doesn’t have as much original content as Booktube.
2.Booktube is good for people who are not all into book reviews and like other stuff more- like tags and read-a-thonsThe blogging community is great for people who enjoy reading book reviews. There are tags and read-a-thons too but personally, booktube is more handy for that.
3.A booktuber must show his/her face and cannot be anonymous while creating content.A blogger need not show his/her face and may keep his/her identity hidden
4.You need a proper background, lighting etc. to create a good videoYou need nothing but a device and a smart, creative mind to blog
5. Booktubers get paidBloggers do get paid but it is often much lesser than booktubers
6. It is relatively easier to build an audienceIt is relatively difficult to build an audience
7. Video editing and stuff might not be everyone’s cup of teaManaging a blog and writing and editing stuff for a blog is comparatively easier.

So, these were the major contrasts between book blogging and booktubing.

Now, here are a few thoughts on booktubing and book blogging in general. (You thought I was done? Nuh uh)

Booktubing and book blogging- both of them are important in their own way. They are extremely important to the community and without them, a reader is incomplete. But while I am slowly following in love with booktube (to the extent that I am thinking of starting my own channel!), I believe that book blogging, as a community needs more upliftment. Bloggers should definitely have access to more free books and should be at par with booktubers.

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For those of you who are new to the book blogging community- here are a few old (not very old though) book blogs that you can visit.

  1. Tiction @Fictionally Crazy
  2. Nehal @Books and Words
  3. Naemi @A Book Owlโ€™s Corner
  4. Becca @Toastie Books
  5. Priyasha @Books and Co.
  6. Sofii @A Book. A Thought
  7. Carl @The Pine-Scented Chronicles
  8. Leah @Leahโ€™s Books
  9. Cherelle @A Bolt Out of the Book
  10. Madeline @The Bookish Mutant

For those of you who are new to booktube or want to give it a shot after this post (I would highly suggest that you do)- here are a few channels you can subscribe to.

  1. Jesse @Jesse the reader (This one is my absolute favourite- Jesse is so damn funny!)
  2. Leonie @The Book Leo
  3. Regan @Peruse Project
  4. Mackenzie Lane
  5. Kasey @Kasey Can Read (She co-hosted the Taylor Swift read-a-thon I took part in)
  6. Joel @Fictional Fates
  7. Hailey @Hailey in Bookland

And that’s all for today my friends! I hope I did help you find some new blogs and booktubers!! Hope you enjoyed reading this post!

What are your thoughts on booktube and book blogging? Do you think that I will be able to run a booktube? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. Thanks for including my blog on your list – it really means a lot to me. Iโ€™m super shy and not very handy with tech, so editing and being in front of a camera is my worst nightmare! But running a blog allows me to ramble about books, have fun with book tags, participate in readathons, and make awesome connections with other cool people (like you). ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  2. Thanks for including mine, thats very sweet๐Ÿ˜ƒ.
    And boy do I agree that Jesse is the best ๐Ÿ˜†.
    And yeah, I think you’ll.rock booktube. I’ve always wanted to start my own chaneel too but I finally settled blogging.

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  3. I think you’d be an amazing booktuber! Though I definitely won’t be joining you. Like ever ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Truly, people do not need to see my awkwardness on camera, thank you very much.
    I’m also not really sure whether I agree with the fact that writing blog posts is comparatively easier than making videos. Sure, at first it’s probably true, but once you’ve figured out the basics, I actually think it could be very refreshing to just pick up a camera and ramble on and on about something rather than having to type it all out, edit, and get your point across in a blog post that isn’t so long that it’ll scare everyone off… But obviously, I can’t really say anything for sure, since I haven’t ever been on BookTube. So once you’ve experienced both, you’ll have to let us know your updated thoughts! ๐Ÿ˜
    And thank you so much for the shout-out ๐Ÿ˜Š It really means a lot that you like my blog enough to consider me worthy of such an honor โค

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    1. Thanks Naemi! I surely won’t be joining booktube anytime soon because of school work and stuff, so well.
      Well, yes that is indeed true- both of the things have their perks and downs.
      Ah no biggie!

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  4. Ahh you are on the roll with discussions Riddhi! I loved this post so much! You made a really good point about BookTube being more original but I would like to think that book bloggers also came up with a lot of activities themselves… and definitely, BookTube is easier to build an audience with, especially since it’s easier for the BookTuber’s personality to shine through the videos… a lot of the videos are entertaining and thus may appeal to non-readers while book blogs take a bit of effort to read…
    Anyway, omg thank you so much for mentioning me Riddhi- I don’t think my blog is that super but I’m so touched… also I’m recognising some of the BookTubers in your list – I love watching Jesse the reader as well!! Great post and I’m looking forward to more discussions!!

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  5. Great discussion points. I have been considering doing a booktube but there are a lot of things that need to be considered – lighting, aesthetics, setting and all. And of course editing. Plus I hate how my voice comes across in videos or even audios. HAHA!

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    1. Thanks Carl! And yes, that is so true. Even if I do start a booktube, I am not sure if I will be able to edit stuff that well. I do look forward to seeing your booktube, though!
      P.S.- I hate my voice in videos and audios too๐Ÿ˜‚

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  6. I second (third? fourth?) you having the makings of a great booktuber!

    I haven’t watched any booktuber’s videos yet, but I think it’s awesome how bloggers are also coming up with new content recently and adapting content from videos. It was a lot of fun seeing several bloggers participate in readathons, like that Taylor Swift one! I’d like to try one of those if I get the time to do so! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, thank you so much for mentioning me, bachha is flattered.๐Ÿ˜
    And ooh, yes, you’d make a good booktuber, congrats, girl, you just got one of your subscribers in advance!๐Ÿ˜†

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  8. OH MY GOD this was brilliant!! I’ve been a fan of booktube for ages, but it’s not really my thing. And, just like you, I didn’t know anything about this community until I joined ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Everything you said was so true Riddhi!! Loved it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. I quite like booktube, it’s where I’ve found a lot of my TBR list. I have a couple of people I watch regularly. Blogging is more my speed though. I like meeting other bloggers, like you, and having the time to express what I want to without looking like a bumbling fool.

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