It seems as if there are an endless number of YouTube stars who have authored their own books, and Jim Chapman can now count himself among that group. Chapman, a 29-year-old Brit whose main channel has more than 2.5 million subscribers, is the author of 147 Things, a look at a few of the curious topics that can be found within our universe.
Chapman’s videos tend to be versatile; his interests including fashion, baking, and drawing. His book will reinforce his status as a YouTube polymath of sorts by covering a wide range of subjects. Its subtitle is My User’s Guide to the Universe, from the Big Bang to Bellybuttons, which gives you an idea of the cross-section in play here. “Let me tell you about the rarest thing in creation, why we are all obsessed with our phones, the science of heartbreak, and why waxing your testicles might not be the best idea,” said Chapman in an introductory video for 147 Things.
While the forthcoming book, which will be published by Pan Macmillan, won’t be available until October, Chapman is giving his fans a way to get involved in his writing process. He has set up a survey through which he hopes his fans will tell him “the things that matter” to them, and he will put the names of some respondents into his book. That opportunity is open until May 1st.
The trend of books authored by YouTube stars has been particularly popular in Chapman’s native UK. The list of creators who have worked with publishers on literary works includes Chapman’s wife, beauty guru Tanya Burr.
If you’d like to pre-order a copy of 147 Things ahead of its October 5th release date, you can do so via several booksellers, including Amazon.