First there were books, and then there were e-books, and now there's...bookstagram? You bet your book-loving butt there's bookstagram.
The game is no longer for critics alone. Thanks to Booktube, young people with webcams are enthusiastically giving book reviews on Youtube. Some have even achieved star status and have been invited to give talks at book conventions and bookstores. Even major publishers are getting in on the game by sponsoring popular Booktubers.
Bookstagram is the place to be for book lifestyle images on Instagram. We get serious envy when we see a photo of someone curled up with a colorful book and their dog. Or a shot of perfectly color-coordinated bookshelves. Or one of those overhead views of perfectly splayed books, a succulent, coffee, and a typewriter. Bookstagram not only elevates the bookish lifestyle, but it can be a place to get good book recommendations. You suddenly have an urge to buy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when you see it artfully arranged on a coffee table.
If you want to know what your best friend is reading, or your favorite author, Goodreads is your answer. Let the world know your opinions on the latest big book release. This site enables users to share what they are currently reading, write reviews for books, and keep track of page count. So you can compare the size of your reading list to your frenemy’s. Not that you would do anything so petty.
Wish you could talk to your favorite author, but can't make it out to your local book signing? Twitter is your savior. Authors are pretty active on Twitter, and they're usually responsive to fans’ tweets. We may or may not have freaked out when Rainbow Rowell liked one of our tweets to her. Besides the ability to communicate easily with your favorite writers, you can find out fun facts about them and get a peek into their life and writing process. There's also a large book community on Twitter. Get on there and get social.
Figure out your litfluence, people. A mash-up of Goodreads and Instagram, Litsy comes at you with great book recommendations. The app lets you discover books, post quotes and blurbs, and get recommendations from actual people. Download the app and follow Quirk Books!
We all know trailers are the best part about going to the movies. Now authors are creating trailers to promote their books. Our only complaint is that it can interfere with our mental picture of the characters—but we can totally get over that.
We don't know about you, but our parents were obsessed with those catalogue Book of the Month clubs. Fast forward and the Internet has given them a major facelift. With the advent of Etsy and the abundance of small, book-related businesses, it's no longer just about the book, but also the book-related swag. Not only do you get fun goodies like book-scented candles, but you can also get boxes curated by your favorite author. Sign us up!