From computers to books

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Kids these days don’t just watch TV, as you know. They are big fans of streaming videos, many of them amateurs who get thousands of views and attain some level of popularity or fame. Publishers are taking notice and publishing books that derive from these amateur bloggers (or vloggers- video loggers).

    Zoe Sugg, a 20-something sensation with upwards of 16 million YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram followers co-wrote “Girl Online.” According to PW, “Sugg’s novel broke the record for highest first-week sales for a debut author in the U.K., selling 78,109 copies—besting J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter titles and E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey.”  While less popular in the US, Sugg’s has still managed almost 50,000 book sales here. Sooo… another area to watch for: video streamers and bloggers getting opted for books. An interesting twist.

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