This idea came to me when I was chatting to someone on twitter. She was super excited when I posted a BEA haul video because I was “vlogging now”. But I replied saying I probably wouldn’t do many more—if any—videos.
Are book haul videos still interesting if you don’t have a physical book to show?
I only read ebooks (except when I go to BEA and get like 20 physical ARCs). I don’t buy physical books at all anymore and I only get eARCs from publishers. I’ve always loved the idea of filming book haul videos, but I always felt like I couldn’t do that with ebooks. It’s fun to sit there with a huge pile of physical books and hold them up one by one. It’s not so fun to hold up a Kindle with a black and white cover that’s typography only (usually no cover art other than the title).
Videos are all about visuals, and I just feel like holding up an eBook cover (or pasting one into the video) isn’t as exciting and visual as physical books.
The same can be said for reviews
This also goes for review videos. If you read physical books, you can hold up the book while you chat about it and flip through the pages. But if you have an eBook, you don’t have any visuals to show off as part of the video. There’s no book to hold up—just a Kindle with stripped down, black and white cover art.
Even if you paste the book covers into the video, is it still as exciting as holding a physical book? I think part of the fun of video hauls is seeing a physical copy of the book in a video.