Bookshelfies Are The Hot New Trend

tumblr_mrqkss5eAm1sfm4w7o1_1280[1]I’ve just come across a new Tumblr that I plan to filter out immediately:

For those who are just tuning in, a bookshelfie is a self-portrait taken in front of a bookshelf. After all, what’s the point of having a bookshelf to show off how literate you are if no one can see it?

That blog appears to have launched only recently, and apparently it’s using the term Bookshelfie as a new twist on an old term. A few minutes of Googling uncovered a #bookshelfie tag on Twitter, but most of those photos simply show books without the person.

The blog, on the other hand, has more photos like this:


I learned of this activity via  HuffPo, and while they may think it’s really cool I have a different opinion.

I’ve never been one to like the idea of vanity shots like selfies, and that goes double when people are showing off their bookshelves. It brings in an element of book culture that I have often found unappealing.

Then again, I am a misanthrope.  You probably shouldn’t pay me any mind.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Chris Meadows21 August, 2013

    I would think there’d be a lot of room to parody this by posting a #bookshelfie shot holding up an e-reader. #ebookshelfie perhaps? 🙂

    1. Nate Hoffelder21 August, 2013

      I can get those from Flickr.

  2. Olivier21 August, 2013

    “Reading a paper books feels so much warmer”. #booksarethenewvinyl

    1. Thomas22 August, 2013

      Only if you set them on fire.

      1. Richard Herley22 August, 2013

        But they SMELL different if you do that!

  3. Johnny Pearseed22 August, 2013

    A better way to show off your erudition is to be an interesting conversationalist. Makes people like you, too.


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