what is bookstagram

Bookstagram: What is it and Why Should I Care?

Have you heard the word “bookstagram” before? Have you wondered WTF it is? Well let me clear that up right now: it is literally just photos of books on Instagram.  As far as I’m concerned, this is the best thing ever. Why look through a series of photos of your friends having fun at the beach while you sit alone in your house when you could look at photos of books?! Read on for reasons that you should be following bookstagrammers.

1. Find out about LOADS of new books.

Follow bookstagrammers and you’re going to find what new books are coming out, what people are buying, what people are loving (and sometimes what they’re not loving), and more! It’s so easy to stay up-to-date on new releases and what books are getting all the hype!

2. Win free books! 

Search hashtags like #bookgiveaway and you’ll find all sorts of awesome books that are being given away! Here was what came up when I searched that hashtag. One of those posts was a subscription box giveaway *gasp*!

3. Connect with bookish friends.

How many of you feel like you have NO ONE to talk to about books? Well fear no more! Now you can search for books you’ve read and actually discuss things with the bookstagrammer who posted about it! I have become friends with numerous users just from fangirling over the same book. Search the name of your book with the # as follows:

4. Your eyes will thank you. 

Bookstagram can be SUPER PRETTY. People take gorgeous photos of books, and it’s so fun to see the creative things people are photographing. Here are just a couple of my favorite bookstagrammers (can you tell I’m a sucker for the white background with brightly colored books??):

Casey’s Bookstagram!
Maria’s Bookstagram!
So what are you waiting for? Search #bookstagram and find all sorts of new bookish friends! And be sure to check out my bookstagram, too.
And keep your eyes out for future “Bookstagram” posts where I’ll featuring various ‘grammers and lots of beautiful photos!

Do you have a bookstagram account? Comment your link/username! 

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    1. Well I think everyone has their outlet that appeals to them the most. Instagram is what I like the most of all my blogging platforms – twitter the least (I’m terrible at it). You have an AWESOME blog, and I wish I could be as amazing at blogging as you are!

  1. although i follow multiple bookstagrammers and hype their pictures up everytime, i don’t think i’d ever be able to mantain an account. i already have an instagram account for different purposes (it’s very kpop related, oops) and i don’t think i can keep both of them, at the same time. but one thing i love about the instagram community is that, in general, it feels very welcoming. of course there will be arguments, fights and negativity, but i feel much more comfortable there than on twitter, for example.

    1. Yes, I agree! It’s very friendly compared to other social media. And I totally get only being able to have one account. OMG I tried to start a pet account once (while I had my book account), and I was like NOPE this is TOO MUCH WORK. They’re a lot to maintain!

  2. Bookstagram is super pretty 🙂 but I like using it to share nice quotes, mostly. I don’t have print copies and I don’t have crazy photo skillz (lol), so I just share what I can 🙂 I still love it.
    I have never taken part in a giveaway though, cause I’m silly and don’t really understand Instagram giveaways! Like, most of the time you have to save and repost someone else’s photo? How do I even do that? And it’s so weird reposting a photo I didn’t take..? Maybe I’m missing something crucial here? 😀 can you explain?
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    1. Hahahaa, giveaways are pretty simple – you just follow the instructions set out by the person doing the giveaway! But yes, you do often have to repost a photo. I usually just screenshot it and repost it that way (if you don’t know how to take a screenshot, just google it – it’s easy). I suppose it is weird to share someone else’s photo, especially if it’s incongruous with your feed (which is often why I don’t participate in giveaways that require that step), so you’re not alone in finding that unappealing!

  3. Bookstagram is hard for me to maintain, tbh. With my thesis and writing – blog not included – I sometimes struggle to fit time in for IG. But I do have an accound @camille.sedai because I love, love the beautiful photos on IG. All the reasons listed above are so legit, especially about how pleasing it is to look at bookish photographs!

    1. Yes, it is definitely NOT for everyone! Of all my social media outlets, I do bookstagram the most, blog the second most and then poor twitter and pinterest are left to dust XD We all have to pick and choose what to do with our free time, and bookstagram isn’t for everyone!