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Bookshelf tours, hauls, and filming on her iPhone: a Q&A with booktuber Jen Campbell


Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to booktuber Jen Campbell and find out ALL the answers to what life is like on YouTube, how she got started, and why people are so obsessed with her bookshelves!

What first attracted you to booktube and made you begin posting your own videos? I’d been watching booktube for several years, and had been writing a blog for six or so years before that; it seemed like a natural progression to join in with the conversation by making my own videos, too.

How long have you been an active member of the community? Just over a year.

What equipment do you use to film your videos? For the first nine months or so I used my iPhone, now I have a Canon700D, and I just use natural light.

For anyone unfamiliar, can you describe your channel and content in only one sentence? I’m a writer and I make videos about a wide variety of books – poetry, short stories, magical realism; generally books that are underhyped.

Booktube has become a massive online influencer in its own right, growing and growing each day. What sets your channel apart from the mass? I’m an author myself, with four books published and more in the pipeline and I’ve worked in the book trade for ten years, so I talk about the industry and writing process quite a bit.

Your 2015 bookshelf tour is one of your most popular videos. Can you tell us what went into making it and what it’s reception from your viewers was like? Bookshelf tours are pretty much always the most popular videos for booktubers, because we’re all curious and want to see each other’s shelves. It took a long time to make, and my shelves look rather different now, so I’m sure I’ll be doing an updated one at some point in the future.

Thanks so much to Jen for chatting to us! If you’re interested in her videos you can watch them here, or tweet your own questions to her @aeroplanegirl.

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