Can I read books on YouTube?  Can you read books on YouTube?  No, we can’t.

Can I read books on YouTube? Can you read books on YouTube? No, we can’t.

Hi everybody. It’s sad video time. It just occurred to me as I was drawing the sad face. That sad face right there. That I’ve never really talked to any of you, even though I’ve spoken and you’ve heard me in the past, I’ve never talked to you outside of reading, and as you’re probably noticing now, I’m probably better at reading than I am at talking. But I can’t do that anymore as we’ll get to in a minute so this is what we’re left with: me talking to you. Depending on when you’re reading, huh sorry, when you’re watching this video you are either watching it because you’re a subscriber of mine and you’re wondering what happened. Or you’re watching it because you’re wondering if you can read books on the Internet at all. And I’m gonna address both of those things but the second part a little bit later. So first we’ll talk about what happened to the Channel.
I started in 2016 with this Channel. It was always about reading books and it started out actually with me reading books that were around my house. Just ones that were laying around that I already owned and my thinking at the time when I first started was not everybody has access to books. I’m gonna read this book, and that book, and that other book there on YouTube and just see if people want to see the books. And…. there were a few rationales for it in my mind. One was: I’m in a privileged position in my life and I have access to books, in a library, in a store, and the financial resources to get more and not everyone does. And so just like a library in my local community shares books with people who… either can’t get them another way, or wants to get them through the library, or that’s the easiest way, or the most affordable way, I can share them on the internet and see if there’s an interest in that. So that was part of it. Ummm… It started out really small with just stuff around my house as I said. But YouTube is fun. And the comments and the statistics and the analytics and the
growth that you see, both in views and comments and it just makes you want to do it more often. You want… you want to see that continue. So at first, I mean I was getting one view a day. Some books I wouldn’t get any views. ummm… But over time it just picks up and you… it’s… it’s contagious and you want to do more of it. So it kept going and getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Really slowly at first but then eventually over time it became a bit of a snowball effect. And then I started buying books that I liked and reading those. And my rationale when I was becoming a bigger Channel for why it made sense for both me and the publishers or authors of the books that I was reading was that I was promoting the books. And sales of those books were likely happening, well were happening, but more so than what I was seeing were likely happening quite a bit as a result of what I was doing on YouTube. And if you were a subscriber to the Channel and you ever looked at the comments or the descriptions you know
that in my descriptions I would link to the books. And then below that in my comments I would pin comments to the top of the comments linking to the books as well so there’d be… and actually in the description there were two links. There was a link at the top and then lower down there was another link with more of an explanation of why you should consider buying the book. And I.. I kept analytics on people linking through so I know that people were buying the books. That’s for sure the case. But, ummm… I think outside of YouTube and
them directly linking, a lot of purchases were being made of these books. And some people realized that. I had authors and publishers reach out to me and ask me to read their books quite a bit which if you were a subscriber to the Channel you know because you’d see it in the comments – people asking me to read their books all the time. ummm… The strategy worked for a time. ummm… But then it didn’t. And there were some early indications that it wasn’t gonna work and then there was the final moments of me realizing that it had to end. ummm… Early on I would get a takedown notice for copyright infringement once every one to six months. I… I… Even when the channel was pretty big I could go at times for many months without getting a notice but once in a while I would get one and when I would get one what I would do is just stop reading for that publisher. Cause’ typically it would be the publisher that did the takedown. So I’d get a takedown notice or for copyright infringement, which means that the books gone. It’s off YouTube. And then as the “creator” you get a, well you have to go to copyright school which is a little online course that you do. And you have to acknowledge what constitutes copyright infringement, and basically commit that you’re not gonna do that again. Umm… My thinking was: Well, I’ve got publishers and authors who are asking me to read their books in some cases. And so this publisher has made it clear that they don’t want me to read theirs, so I’ll just stop reading their books and I won’t have a problem with that publisher
again. I will get no more takedown notices from this publisher because I don’t read their books and everything will be fine. And, as I said that worked for a while but it stopped working recently for me for a couple reasons. I… I didn’t have my channel deleted. The way YouTube works is if you have three copyright infringement takedowns within a 90-day period you lose your Channel. What that means is you do not have your Channel anymore. It is gone. And everything on it is gone. And depending on who you ask you might not be able to be on YouTube anymore as a “Creator” even if you try to
start a new Channel because YouTube has pretty advanced ways of determining whether or not someone is creating multiple Channels and trying to get
around their rules associated with copyright infringement or Community Guidelines strikes. So… what happened to me was at first it was just the publishers or representatives of authors that would ask me to stop through… through a takedown notice. But then later what I was getting was takedown notices from companies that represent publishers. And those are more difficult to determine where they’re coming from and who they represent because these companies can represent multiple authors, multiple publishers. And once I started getting those, and I, and specifically, once I got two within 35 days I realized that I had to make a decision about whether or not I wanted to just keep my Channel up until I was taken down – which I thought was just a matter of time, or put a stop to it. And so, I made the tough choice of putting a stop to it by taking down everything that I had ever put up and deleting it off YouTube. It’s gone, and it will never go back up because for me being on YouTube and being able to create content, different content in the future, is more important than what I was doing before staying up for who knows how long: another day, another week. It’s possible that it would have made it through 90 days and then reset for me but the writing was on the wall. It was clear that it wasn’t gonna be sustainable and it wasn’t gonna continue. And the other piece that made that clear to me was that all the other Channels that were big have already gone away. And if you’ve watched those other channels you know they’re gone. I was the only one that was big that was left. I was the biggest kid-focused book-reading channel left on YouTube when I made the decision to take down all of my content, which in fairness is not really my content. It’s the content of the publishers and authors and creators of the content. I was really just reading the books so you know in fairness I have to recognize that what I was doing was wrong and even though I tried to rationalize it and justify it by saying: Well, I’m promoting these books. I didn’t have explicit permission of these publishers or authors to do that so I got what I deserved. It needed to come down and it has. So, lesson learned. It’s over. ummm… To those of you who are doing it now or considering doing it I would say don’t bother. It’s just going to be a frustrating experience because at the end of the day you’re going to have your
Channel taken down. And I thought you know at one point I thought if my Channel gets taken down so be it but the reality is, had my Channel gotten taken… had my Channel been taken down and I had lost everything and not been able to be on YouTube anymore I would be sad about that. Even more so than I am now. And believe me I’m sad already, but not being able to be on the platform at all would be worse. So I would say don’t bother. Ummm… I guess that’s the answer to the question of can you publish books on YouTube or can you read books on YouTube. No, you can’t. The books are copyrighted and those copyright owners, unless they give you explicit written permission or ask you to read them, you can’t read them. That’s the answer. And even though it won’t happen right away, eventually you’ll get kicked off YouTube. And there’s also other possible implications that could come from it. A publisher could sue you, or who knows I mean it’s just, it’s just not worth doing so that’s my feeling on it. I mean, different people have different thoughts, but based on my experience and also seeing all these other Channels that were so big get taken down over the years, I think it’s pretty clear you can’t do it. You shouldn’t do it. Don’t bother doing it. As far as this Channel is concerned: I’m gonna change the Channel into something else. Obviously
it’s gonna be, ummm… TOTALLY DIFFERENT. I have a lot of subscribers, maybe you’re one of them. I would say stick around, you might like what you see. I’m gonna try to do my best for, well, what my skill set is which I think is, ummm… well the same sort of style
of videos but just with different content. uhhh.. Definitely not reading though, well, not reading books anyway. So, I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to see what
that turns into. Whether or not you stay with me though, thanks for all the fun times over the last three years. I really enjoyed reading the books to you, and getting your feedback on the experience of… of hearing me read the books, and it means a lot to me – all the interactions that we had, and I had a lot of fun. So, hopefully stick around, if you don’t take care and regardless of what happens with that THANK YOU enjoy the rest of today.

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  1. Thank you so much that you read a book for us. My son love to see you read a book so much so he can learn english from you a lot!!

  2. it helped us discover more books and i was able to select our favorite which we purchased for our home library thanks to you. we will stay subscribe to see what will happen next on this channel. i hope you will keep it literacy/children orientated, though

  3. My son would watch this every day during our morning commute. It exposed him to books he wouldn't have normally picked up at the library or book store. So sad it's gone. Thank you for all the work you put in over the years

  4. I bought books that I wouldn’t usually pick because of your channel! That is very sad! I can’t understand why useful channels such this one are under scrutiny while other channels that promote zero value are encouraged and embraced! Anyhow, thank you very much for being part of my family’s night routine, we really appreciate your work, thank you very much

  5. 41 videos removed from our homeschool read aloud list. You have been much appreciated in our home. I thank you and hope you find your niche within the YT community. We'll be waiting in the wings to see what the channel evolves into.

  6. You have been a treasure to my boys and I. There are lots of read aloud books on YouTube but we love your reading style and book selection. I'm so sorry you have to end things.

  7. If you decide to make your own website, please let us all know so that we can support you and go to your site. Youtube is awful and so are all of these rules. Millennials will change that hopefully as soon as baby boomers start dropping out of the workforce. We all love you and are so sorry to hear about this.

  8. I'm so sad. My students love your channel. We are a small rural school with limited access to books. There is no library nearby, and 30+ miles to the closest store. We depend heavily on resources like you to expose our students to literacy.

  9. Heartbroken. Thanks for all your time and energy for bringing books to kids. You made a difference and impact. My girls would come out of the bath each night excited, knowing we would get to hear you read a new book that we don't own or have exposure to (and you read in a way that was very pleasant manner for parents to listen along too!). As a lawyer, I understand the rules but it sucks and is counter their business intentions – why wouldn't you want more potential buyers exposed to their books…We bought many that you read and whole series!
    Regardless, thanks so much. We are excited for whatever content you bring forward and are here/subscribed!

  10. Thank you for your work. You read to my cub when I was unavailable. I purchased Robert Munsch and others because of you.

  11. Thank you for all you did. Maybe try reviewing books that way we can discover new books we have never thought to add to our reading library

  12. Thank you so much for your work. It's sad that YouTube and the publishers cant see how beneficial channels like this are to people.


  14. Despite this set back, you remain so informative and so honest. I would watch your videos to get better at my storytelling skills as well as which books to buy for my kids. Wish you all the best and good luck.

  15. I’m sorry this happened to you. 😭 my daughter and i would watch your videos to see if we wanted to buy the books ourselves and now we can’t. 😔 she loves books and would watch your videos all the time.

  16. Reading the comments … I suggest you could teach us how to have great story telling skills using stories that are now in the public domain. It would be different than your style for sure but why not?

  17. My son and I would watch your videos and several other channels that read children's books every night for bedtime stories. He absolutely loves it! Most recently, we watched "Toot!" and we got a good laugh!!
    Thank you so much for what you have done! It is so sad that something as innocent as reading children's books aloud has to be ruined, because large corporations are determined to make a profit. Perhaps you could reach out to small/independent writers who would want you to read their books online?
    Thank you nonetheless! 👍Good Luck!

  18. I understand why you had to do it. My daughter loved your channel. There are some nights when I couldn't read to her she would watch this channel. Good Luck to your future project.

  19. Thank you for what you have done so far. I have really enjoyed your channel. Please do not ever take down this last video. I had planned to start a book reading channel and I needed to hear this. Maybe you could do a vlog on what you can and can not do on YouTube in regard to copy wrong?

  20. So sad! My kids and I appreciate all your hard work and we always looked forward to you reading the books! You are so amazing at reading books. Such a shame! Thank you for bringing stories to life for us for so long! Take care! Wishing you all the best for your new venture 🙂

  21. I'll stay with you to see what happens next. I hope it stays kid focused though in some form of fashion, literature or education. This was a good way to get my kids some extra reading material when I was doing chores. Even put it on in the doctors office once while we were waiting. Sad to see it go.

  22. Hello friend! This is very sad to hear! It was being a fan of your channel and our children enjoying us to read to them that inspired us to take the leap and create our own channel! Although our channel is no where near as big as yours we, to have begun to have trouble with the channel so we completely understand what your going through because we had the same mindset as you. The Authors that have reached out to us to read there books are telling us it is getting them more sales so we also thought it was helping them all until we received our 1st strike a few days ago on a book from the library. Thanks for sharing this and we are looking forward to what you turn the channel into! Have a great day!

  23. I’m so sad! Nooooo! I just subscribed after I found you about a month ago..
    My 14 month old and I watch a book a day from your channel. Your videos will be missed.

  24. :….( I would hear this for my homework :..( You were my favorite and i did not like any of the other people who readed them 🙁 Rip😩🙏

  25. OMG!! I am so sad! I was sharing your videos with my students! And actually I really enjoyed them too even though I had some of the books. But thank you so much for having done this so long.

  26. What a big loss to this community. We get it, we do. Just so sad for the gut wrenching decision you had to make about closing this channel. Thank you for caring as much as you do… my kids have truly loved hearing you read to them. I have to confess, on nights when I was too tired to read, we’d turn on your channel and have a laugh together. So we’re staying put! Thanks again and looking forward to whatever it is you create next, it’s going to be great! 🙏🏼

  27. I’m very upset!! My daughter loves your channel! She falls asleep to you reading every single time! I’m sorry this is happening and I really wish it wasn’t and hope they change their minds!
    Idk how you can go to the next level but pls do, you’re amazing!! You have such a nice tone and have so much enthusiasm when reading.
    God bless you and thank you for everything you’ve read to us!❤️

  28. I have a child who is severely autistic. Reading to him was impossible. Until seeing your video of Goodnight Moon. He watched it over and over, until he memorized it word by word; the author, the illustrator, even the intonation with which you read the story. He has memorized about 12 books now through your channel. This is a child who was never "supposed" to talk, or read, or write, any of that. Your narrations were that piece to the breakthrough that I couldn't make with him. He can read and sound out words, his speech still consists mainly of things he's heard, but he can apply it to the circumstances, and he can tell me what books he wants to get at the library, who wrote them, and it's amazing. It's horrible that it's come to what it has with the channel, but I am so grateful to you for the impact you and your narrations have had on my little boy. Thank you.

  29. How short sighted of these authors and publishers. It is a symptom of art not being for everyone, and capitalism ruining the gifts people bring to this world, and limiting whom gets to enjoy them, and free advertising to boot. Please find a way to continue what you bring to others with your gifts, maybe market yourself to a digital publisher or self published authors looking for exposure. Good luck!

  30. This breaks my heart. My daughter and I loved listening to you read these stories. I don't understand how you did anything wrong. Good luck with your future endeavors!

  31. I feel sad too. My kids liked listening to your reading books. English isn’t my first language, so I liked to let my kids read English books on your channel. ;(

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