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The Vlogger's Handbook

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There have been numerous times throughout my years as a bookblogger that I have considered expanding my platform and beginning a Booktube. This book was requested during one of those moments in an attempt to learn helpful tips that might assist me in making that jump. Seeing as I read The Vlogger's Handbook by Shane Birley and illustrated by Audrey Malo, you can obviously tell that it didn't quite work for me. That said, this is more due to my camera shyness than anything else. In general, I actually found this book to be quite helpful.

Admittedly, I did know a fair bit of the information provided in this book before reading it. The truth is that The Vlogger's Handbook is a great read for newcomers, the sort of people who have done cursory research and are looking for just the right amount of information to get started. It's filled with helpful tips and tricks to make a vlogging channel work well. And it's all in an easy to understand format, making it so that young adults could navigate this easily on their own.

The colorfully illustrated format is nice, too. Instead of existing as some dull rendition of a textbook to provide the information, this book has some really beautiful artwork to go along with it. I, personally, loved this about The Vlogger's Handbook. While I won't go as far as to say it was necessary, I think it was a really nice touch.

All in all, The Vlogger's Handbook is a great starting place for anyone looking to get involved in visual media online. It's not just geared toward those interested in being part of the online book community, but can be useful for literally anyone interested in making videos and posting them online. The book offers advice and recommends tools that will help those who are genuinely planning to give this sort of thing a shot.

If you do, good luck!

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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My Thoughts
Vlogging is something I keep thinking of doing, but somehow never have gotten around to yet; and then there are my teens – especially my dd – who is getting videos ready for becoming a vlogger herself.

So when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it, for the both of us. And I am glad I did. The book covers the basics of vlogging and it includes many important topics; safety issues (which is the most important, from the parent perspective); how to pick the theme(s) of your vlog; equipment needed; and some details on creating and editing videos for the vlog. It also includes tips and Q&A type of sessions with popular vloggers.
The colorful illustrations and easy-to-navigate format along with the broad range of information make this perfect for the targeted audience of beginning vloggers.

In Summary
A great ‘introduction and inspiration’ resource for all those who are venturing into the world of vlogging, regardless of their age.

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Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital ARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading the book.
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This was fine. There wasn't anything special or unique about it, and I don't think it accurately portrayed Booktube very well. It is targeting teens, but you have to be 13 to be on YouTube, but I think that the audience that it was trying to target was for a younger age group. It would have been great for kids, but it I think there were some things that even teens would have been bored or uninterested in.
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I had mixed feelings about this book. 

Ultimately I came across to me as the sort of book an adult would want to know their vlogging youngster had read and/or is a book the adult would read to understand (and maybe help with) what their youngster was doing. 

For example, it has notes about being safe online, and setting up bother a P.O. Box and an alternate email address, to keep distinctions between the vlogger and their private information. 

But... the explanations of what vlogging is and who wants to do it, those felt very... to-who-it-May-concern-y. A vibe sort-of covering bases just to double-check everything was covered.  “As you know, Bob, we like to talk about things on the internet, and there are many others like us. And different!”

The content as starter content seems worth 4 stars, but I question either it would be particularly engaging for its target audience of 10-13yos. The listed length is only 97 pages, but it seemed to be often talking to the adults reading over the kids’ shoulders. 

Definitely would check in with your tween before buying this particular book to help with the latest project/interest. 

(Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for providing a digital copy of this book for review.)
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Cute little book with nice ideas. In my eyes it's clearly targeted towards kids and them wanting to be come part of the vlogging or YouTube world, but as a book to get some ideas or starting points from it's a nice little thing to look through.
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With a fresh, stylish design and bite-sized text and project prompt, this is a no-nonsense approach to learning about vlogging. Includes sections on Setting up and uploading a vlog, Inspiration, How to storyboard a vlog, Lighting and props, Advanced video skills, Editing your vlog, Adding sounds and effects, Building an audience and making your vlog pay.

At first, I thought this was going to be very childish and not really relevant to me (Yes I am thinking of vlogging) but the chapter about safety really changed my mind.

It goes into real detail about how to avoid being doxxed and defrauded and has some great advice. Despite the childish drawings and set-type, it was really very informative without being too patronising and I am thinking about buying a copy for myself.
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The Vlogger's Handbook wasn't the most informative guide in my opinion. The tips felt flawed and general.
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This is the perfect gift for the young person who wants to get into the word of vlogging. It is a colourful and engaging book with lots of helpful advise or information.
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For my work at the library, I often try to connect with other players like the youth center, schools and kindergarten.

And right now, it is an important issue to try and and help the children to get a better understanding of our digital world and how to live in it.
And what better way than to make your own Vlog and in that context, talk about the importance of net security and what to say and what better not to say.

This book is written in a good and comprehensive language and it gives many opportunities to work out some lectures on your own.

I am very thankful that I got the opportunity to read it.
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If you are a very young beginner vlogger and you need a round up of what you need to prepare in terms of both technical and content knowledge, this short and colourfully illutrated book is for you. Regardless what your domain is - or you want it to be - (product reviews, travel, hobby, book reviews to name only few options) you need to acquire some basic skills and understand some technical requirements, such as regarding lights and sound. Although it does not take the information on a next level - such as the tremendous work required by the editing of a video, it offers a general frame to have in mind before starting a career in this field or just sharing your passion through videos. In fact, besides some short useful links at the end of the book for additional information about editing programs and other technical tutorials, most of the information suits very well an extended article about why and how to get ito vlogging. If this is exactly what are you looking for, this book is for you.
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A really useful introduction to the world of vlogging. The handbook covers the basics that teens often forget to think about in their quest to start vlogging - online safety, how to choose your "theme"/"topics" for your vlog, basic equipment you need to get started - and then it moves on to "how to create a vlog" using ideas like storyboards, and detailing lighting, sound & video editing. It does also touch on things like more advanced equipment that you may want to invest in if this becomes a longer term hobby, but it doesn't get into advanced skills. There are some useful list of resources and details of where to find public domain images, sounds etc that could be used.
There are Q&As with vloggers, giving hints & tips and sharing their own stories as to how they got started. 

Overall, I was impressed by the range of information contained in this book and the way it is presented appeals directly to the age group it is targetted at. I will be purchasing a copy for my teen youth group as several are interested in Vlogging! 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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The Vlogger's Handbook gives a broad and interesting introduction to the world of vlogging. Presented in a colourful and easy-to-navigate format, the book offers valuable information and creative ideas for aspiring vloggers.

I was impressed that the book offered a rounded view of vlogging, presenting topics such as password protection, online safety and privacy, as well as practical tips for producing videos and creative video ideas. While a broad range of topics are discussed, the book lacks detail. For example, there are no instructions on how to use a camera or edit videos. Instead, the book presents ideas and issues for the reader to consider, which makes The Vlogger's Handbook more suitable as an introduction to vlogging, rather than a comprehensive guide.

Overall, I was impressed by the range of information contained in this book and the accessible and aesthetic style in which it was presented. This would be an inspiring read for any wannabe-vlogger and I am willing to purchase this resource for my library if the students show interest in the topic.
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Nice informative. Kids will love it. Even I as an adult annoyed the book

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.
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Great for those who are on the younger side and have an interest in vlogging and making videos. And it does have some great tips that can be taken by those who are older and are starting. Things from equipment, filming, and online safety are talked about. Does given some options to what ones can use and purchase - though it may make it seem that one needs to buy some of the stuff right away (like lighting, but does mention natural light so there is a bit of a balance cost wise).
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Basic information on vlogging. Includes information on on-line safety, editing and equipment. This would be a good introduction to the aspiring YouTuber.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   Thank you NetGalley!

My children and I both adored this book!   It was a great mix of informational and easy to follow for the kids.    both of kids have told me nonstop they want to be youtubers.  haha.. so this should help right?!
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So what is vlogging and why would you want to do it?  Beats me, so I thought I'd find out as my children have been known to upload videos to YouTube of their pets or their video gaming,   The book is aimed at kids rather than adults, but I'm sure I will get something out of it.

This book starts with an Introduction entitled "Let's Vlog" which explains why people vlog, the different types and trying it out yourself.  There are then nine further chapters which cover: 
~ Think, write, invent
~ To share or not to share?
~ The tools you'll need
~ Filming your vlog
~ Lighting your Vlog
~ How does it sound?
~ Cutting & editing
~ Going online
~ Conclusion

Throughout the book are Q&As with real vloggers, giving tips and their own personal stories as to how they got started.  It also includes cute drawings throughout the book to illustrate some of the points.

Whilst it's good at explaining some things, it a little limited in other areas and doesn't seem to indicate that on certain social media sites you need to be 13 years old to join.

At the back of the book is a list of resources for blogging platforms, open source video and audio editing, Photo and image editing and where to find public domain images, sounds and videos that can be used.

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.
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This book is full of useful information if you’re serious about stating a vlog. While I struggled a bit with a lot of the information in this book I can appreciate its necessity in today’s world. 

I loved the illustrations and I’ve shown my daughter who is 13 and she liked this book.
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"The Vlogger's Handbook" provides basic advice on how to get started vlogging. It appears to be aimed at younger people (teenagers and up), and the author chose four young vloggers to offer tips and advice on each vlogging topic. The author covered how to decide on what type of vlog you want to do, how to come up with ideas to vlog about, online safety, what basic equipment is needed and what equipment you might like to get someday, the basics of filming, lighting, sound, and editing, and choosing what online platforms to use. If you've never really done video or audio editing or have never learned to storyboard or create a story sequence, then this book will get you started off quickly with good advice and basic information. However, this book didn't provide much detail (no step-by-step projects) or cover more advanced skills, so it might not be useful if you've already done some video work.
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This book is great for tweens and teens who are interested in vlogging. As a librarian, this is an area where I get a lot of questions from young people and I think this is the best book on the topic that is both simple yet thorough. Can be read by teens and parents alike.
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