YouTubers Who've Written Books

You've watched them online,now you can read their stories

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Becoming one of YouTube's most influential users is a lot like reaching major Hollywood celeb status.

These individuals entertain millions of people every day, snag huge endorsement deals from big companies, sell tons of their own branded merchandise and get to fly out to all sorts of different countries across the world to participate in special events.

The next big thing to do? Write a book, of course!

More big YouTubers are jumping on the book-publishing bandwagon, hoping to tell their stories and lessons to their fans in a more descriptive and complete way.

Here are 10 wildly popular YouTube celebs who have done it already.

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

Gabriel Olsen

Shane Dawson has always been known in the YouTube world for his wacky films and crazy characters (many of which he plays himself). He released a memoir, "I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays," in early 2015. Despite being known by his fans as a hilariously creative entertainer who's not afraid to get weird and tell it like it is, he offers them a glimpse into the harsh struggles he faced growing up as a kid that largely influenced his YouTube work and who he is today.


Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley

Stefanie Keenan

Tyler Oakley's charismatic personality has left one of the biggest marks on the internet and pop culture ever. He's a highly sought-after influencer to host and appear at big events, and he's the biggest YouTuber recognized for his LGBTQ role. His first book, "Binge," is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2015 and will feature some of the best moments and highlights of his star-studded YouTube career. 

Grace Helbig

Grace Helbig

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In addition to the regular videos she uploads to her popular YouTube show "it'sGrace," Grace Helbig is a web series creator, a podcast host and the star of "The Grace Helbig Show" on E! Through her book, "Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up," she reaches out to her millennial audience to offer them tips based on her own life experiences about everything from apartment decorating, to getting a job.

John Green (of the VlogBrothers, John and Hank Green)

John Green

John Lamparski

John Green is one of the rare YouTubers who was an author before he found fame on the video platform. Together with his brother Hank, the both of them have launched several successful ventures in addition to the work they do on their main VlogBrothers channel. They include the annual VidCon video conference, DFTBA Records and several more educational YouTube channels like SciShow and CrashCourse. He's the author of the wildly popular young adult fiction book "The Fault in Our Stars," which went on to become a major motion picture.

Other Books: "Looking for Alaska," "Paper Towns" and much more |

Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

Zoe Sugg

David M. Benett

Zoe Sugg (known as Zoella) has quickly become a top go-to person for fashion and beauty on YouTube. Her videos feature makeup and clothing hauls, product giveaways, collaborations with other guests, Q&As and discussions about everyday lifestyle issues. Her first book, "Girl Online," came out in 2014 and broke the record for the highest sales from a brand new novelist during its first week.

Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan

Dave Kotinsky

Michelle Phan is one of the most prominent names on YouTube for her incredible makeup and beauty tutorials. She often lets her creativity run wild by featuring completely bizarre, shocking and stunning looks that only a very talented makeup artist could pull off. In 2010, she was hired by Lancôme to represent its products. Her book, "Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off," was released in 2014 and features all her best tips about beauty and relevant lifestyle topics.

Justine Ezarik (iJustine)

Justine Ezarik (iJustine)

Gabriel Olsen

Justine Ezarik, or iJustine as she's known on YouTube, is the geek girl who was never afraid to show off her love of video games and Apple products. She's been recognized as a "lifecaster" -- some who spends almost all her time digitally capturing and communicating what goes on in her life, where she goes and what she does. Her memoir, I, Justine, was released in 2015 and takes her fans far deeper into her personal story than what she typically puts out online.

Shay Carl Butler (of the SHAYTARDS)

Shay Carl Butler (of the SHAYTARDS)

Alberto E. Rodriguez

Shay Carl is the king of home video on YouTube. Spending years uploading daily vlogs of his everyday life with his wife, kids, and extended family, he quickly rose to fame for sharing how much of a great family man he really is. He also collaborates with other influential YouTubers and was one of the individuals behind the crowdfunded documentary film, "Vlogumentary." His memoir, "Fat Dad, Fat Kid," follows the weight loss journeys of him and his oldest son -- scheduled to be released at the end of 2015.

Colleen Ballinger (Miranda Sings)

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Colleen Ballinger, the genius comedian behind her internet character Miranda Sings, has really solidified her personality in the eyes of her fans as a weird and quirky girl who actually thinks she's pretty great and wants her haters to know it. Marked by her messy hairdo and overdone red lipstick, she takes inspiration from her character in her book, "Self-Help," to give readers a very Miranda-style take on life lessons and common issues we all face.

Trisha Paytas

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Trisha Paytas is a YouTube star, actress, singer, and plus-size model. She often collaborates with other big YouTubers on her own channel, uploading vlogs on all sorts of different topics, questions and issues. She recently released her first EP, "Fat Chicks," and already has a collection of books published. In early 2015, she announced she was planning to release eight more books in the future. The first of eight, called "Lust," is a fictional novel set to be available in the summer of 2015.