Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A Year On

Thank you everyone for all your help and input in this research project. It was a really interesting topic to cover, in an area which is constantly changing.

Since finishing my research I have been contacted by others also conducting research into BookTube. I know that some are keen to read my research and I have been looking into the best way to do this.  My dissertation is now available for you to read by following the link below.

If you decide to cite any information I used you can reference my dissertation as:

Haddow, M (2015) Can BookTube be Classified as a Community? Oxford Brookes University [Online] Available at:

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Topic 10: An Update

Hi all :)

So, the project has been going well. The input I have had from everyone is excellent. I am so glad that I pick this topic as it has been so much fun discovering new people and new aspects of BookTube. 

Since my last post I have finished collecting the data for my project and I have recently started to write it all up. It is a lot of work especially as I have so much great data. 

Any how I just wanted to let you all know that I have recently uploaded a video of some of my thoughts, so if you would like to join in the discussion then do check it out. 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Topic 9: A delve into BookTube History

Last weekend I had a look into when BookTube as name started, and this is what I found:

Were you around prior to the 16th September 2011? When did BookTube come on to your radar?

Please do contact me on: if you have any further information.

While I was doing the research I stumbled upon an old tag called 'My BookTube Story' which is just perfect for my research. The main questions being:

1. How did you come to booktube? (Why did you start making bookish videos?)

2. And more importantly...why do you stay? (what do you get out of your channel? What keeps you posting?)

I would add to these questions also:

3. Why BookTube? Why not just read the blogs, write blogs, go to a book club, or just read Goodreads? What is it about BookTube that keeps you here?

4. If you are someone who reads blogs and watches BookTube, where do you feel more at home, or are they both equal? What is the difference in community, is there any?


I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Do get in contact with me if you know anything, or wish to add anything.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Topic 8: Catch Up and Tag Videos

Thank you, for answering my questions so far. All your help has been great and it is interesting hearing about how we all seem to view BookTube in similar and yet slightly differing ways.

The BookTube-a-thon was a lot of work and after that I needed to catch up on more research, so that is where I have been. Exploring the community.

If you missed my last few videos from the Read-A-Thon then here they are:

Day 7


I didn't have any questions for these videos but if you have anything that you think I should know about BookTube Read-a-thons then do let me know. For example you could describe what the experience was like for you.


During the read-a-thon I also hit 100 subscribers. This has always seemed to be quite a mile stone for new BookTubers. I was very excited and I made a thank you video. 

I didn't put any questions on this either but:
- How do you choice who to subscribe to?
- What was it like for you to reach 100 subscribers?
- Do you feel you have a sub community with you subscribers? What is your relationship like with them?


After taking a little break from filming, I have a new video today. The Reading Habits book tag. This tag was suggest by a subscriber on my 100 subscriber video.

The dissertation questions I posted on this one were:
1. Do you tend to do tags only if you are tagged, or do you do them even if you are not?
2. Do you tend to tag people at the end?
3. What are tag videos?


Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you think there is anything that I should know about the community then please get in contact with me.

Hopefully in the next two weeks I will put up an update video, about things that I have discovered so far. Do look out for that as I would love to get your opinion on what I have discovered so far.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Topic 7: Twitter Sprints and other social media

Today was Day 3 of the BookTube-A-Thon 2014. Part of the event is something known as 'twitter sprints'. These are reading sessions held on the BookTube-A-Thon's Twitter page by one of the BookTube-A-Thon hosts. I have yet to take part in a complete sprint as my timing seems to be always off by a bit, yet they did make me think.

My questions today does not really have anything to do with the video I uploaded today, it is more about the boundaries of BookTube. BookTube gets its name from Youtube, yet is BookTube just confined to Youtube?

My question today is:

What other parts of the internet are still considered the domain of the BookTube community? What social networks or sites? Or is Youtube, Booktubes only home?

Although the video is not necessarily linked I thought I would post it below:

Topic 6: Day 2 of the BookTube-A-Thon 2014

Yesterday was the second day of the BookTube-A-Thon 2014. I posted my day 2 challenge video, yet I didn't have any questions to ask.

If you want to tell me anything about BookTube and the community, though, then please get in touch with me :)

Here is the video anyway:

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Topic 5: Hyped books and obscure books

Day 1 of the BookTube-A-Thon 2014. This is the first read-a-thon I have participated in, on BookTube. So far I have read one book from my TBR list.

The first days video challenge was to make a video about your top 3 books that you have read because of BookTube.

This theme made me think about the significants of overly hyped books in the community, and how they can enhance peoples involvement in the community or detach people. For example people who have read the book or want to can join in the decision everywhere, but people who haven't may feel left out.

My questions today are:

1. How do you feel about talking about books that are not that hyped? And do you have any books that you wouldn't talk about because you don't feel people would be interested, or for some other reason?

2. Do you sometimes look up a book in the search bar for a review or discussion? If you do, how often would you then subscribe to that person.