BookTubeTV sent out an email today in which it announces that all of it’s properties have been shut down with this email being the last. We’ve reached out to them to ask questions, but so far we’ve not been able to find a functioning email.
The frustration from the group is evident in the wording of the email were it’s obvious they felt publishers were enthusiastic about their platform, but failed to financially support it.
The email reads-
GoodbyeIt is with a sad heart that we have reluctantly decided to cease production of BookTube. Although enthusiastically met by the world of publishing, the project wasn’t financially supported by the industry and it is our conclusion that publishing neither wants nor needs TV and Internet exposure through BookTube at this point. The sad thing was that the show had secured a TV channel and regular broadcasting slots, we had meetings with every major publisher and some enthusiastic independents and even though this was very much a budget entry level for all concerned, the publishing industry and companies could not go that extra mile to invest in the programme. We invested thousands of pounds into this venture but to receive such a poor response has been disappointing. We have had to look at the realistic options open to us to bring a dynamic and diverse book programme to TV and the Internet in the UK and have decided that without any forthcoming investment that the only option left was to end the project.
Many thanks to all of those who met with BookTube to discuss this venture.
Hopefully, some day in the near future a book programme will appear that will stimulate readers to act as a curation device to inform them of some great books they may otherwise never have known about.
We have closed our email, website and social media with sadness.
Last remaining member of BookTube signing out…