Take a Break from Streaming: Look at The Best Books Every Twitch Streamer Should Read

As content creators look for new avenues of content distribution and marketing, the video streaming platforms are gaining more in importance. Therefore, writers and publishers start to show more interest in streaming platforms and the concept of streaming as a mindset of today’s generation. If you are one of those streamers who never stops in developing new skills and expertise, you will definitely like this post. Below, we’ve gathered some of the most inspiring and interesting books related to streaming and streamers. Here we go:

#1. “Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World” by Jane McGonigal 

In her book, Jane explains why people choose games to escape from reality and why it isn't always a bad thing. In her opinion, games can provide solutions to real-life problems, such as poverty, climate change, hunger, etc., and you as a gamer should learn how to find these solutions.

Who Is The Author? 

Jane McGonigal is a visionary game designer and futurist that writes about alternate reality games and the importance of mobile and digital technologies. Being called “a public face of gamification,” Jane thinks that collective intelligence can positively change the quality of life. She believes that game creators should have the right to be nominated for the Nobel Prize. 

Why To Read? 

This book will make you see gaming from a different perspective. If you want to understand the potential power of digital games and make your streaming more meaningful, this book is for you. The book is written for both gamers and non-gamers and bears a clear message: you can build the future only if you understand, design and play games.

#2. “Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter” by Tom Bissell 

Tom Bissell believes that modern gaming is an artistic achievement. The book features a mixture of personal essays, interviews, and critical articles. In his book, Tom focuses on such games as  “Braid”, “Grand Theft Auto IV”, “Mass Effect and Fallout 3” as examples of artistic advances.

Who Is The Author? 

Tom Bissell is an American journalist, critic, fiction writer, and the real fan of games. The games that inspired Tom to go deeper and write this book were: “Shadow of the Colossus”, “Portal”, “Far Cry 2”, “GTA IV”, and “Fallout 3”. All these games are made in the genre of video-storytelling, are sophisticated and interesting to explore.

Why To Read? 

If you like reading and playing video games with storytelling or simply want to have a critical look at video games, this book will be a perfect time-spending. 

#3. “Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming” by T.L. Taylor 

The book offers a critical view of the revolution in live streaming and esports broadcasting. Inspired by a live esports tournament broadcast in 2012, Taylor started her research on live streaming. She understood that the appearance of Twitch didn’t come out of left field. Instead, it was a natural and predictable evolution of media broadcasting. In the book, the author traces the development of live streaming from radio, TV, “cam culture” to the contemporary moment.

Who Is The Author? 

T. L. Taylor is a sociologist that has been focusing mainly on the Internet and gaming for over two decades. She is also a professor of comparative media studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tailor has already edited several works devoted to streaming and e-sports and managed to show the changes that have happened during the last few years. Tailor is a sought-after speaker, that is why White House, the International Olympics Committee and well-known editions (including The New York Times, PBS, BBC, CBC) сonsider it an honor to invite her to all summits and events related to gaming.

Why To Read? 

The book is smart, insightful, rich in interesting facts, and written with passion. It’s recommended for all who want to learn more about streaming and its perspectives. The third chapter of the book “Home Studio” will be especially interesting for all Twitch streamers. There, Taylor examines different aspects of streaming life from the perspective of a hobby and a career. She looks at streaming as a form of performance.

Check the “Watch Me Play” Book Trailer:


#4. “Crushing It!:  How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too” by Gary Vaynerchuk

This book will teach you how to grow your audience and create a personal brand. It’s full of real-life cases and is a real page-turner. In his book, Gary offers both theoretical and practical tips on how to stand out on social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, as well as podcast platforms, such as Spotify, SoundCloud, Musical.ly, etc. “Crush It!” reveals some little secrets and tweaks to help you build your own path to professional and financial success.

Who Is The Author? 

Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian American entrepreneur who has a lot of hobbies and expertise in different fields. He is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company, and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients. His focus is on personal branding. People love Vayerchuk for his trueness: he not only shares tips to success but shows up real examples of his life. Vayerchuk’s first success story was when he managed to grow up an audience in a wine industry (Wine & Liquor store) where video content wasn’t even existent. He has built a personal brand and renowned marketing agency and earned millions of dollars. Gary Vaynerchuk has much to learn from. 

Why To Read? 

It’s chilling and practical reading. Gary has the talent to inspire people. His message to all streamers is “don’t be fake, share your true story”. Even if you’re not as experienced as other streamers, you can grow and live out all your ups and downs together with the audience. There is nothing to be ashamed of: your story is unique and worth sharing.

Watch a short video “No One Knew Me 10 Years Ago” by Gary Vaynerchuk:


#5. “Long Story Short” by Margot Leitman

Storytelling is an essential skill for every streamer. Entertaining through storytelling is one of the most effective ways to catch the audience's attention. Storytelling is not only about words: your gameplay, interviews, and podcasts are also mini-stories. Live streaming gives you a chance to go from storytelling to story living: you provide people with an experience they wouldn’t otherwise get. The book by Margot Leitman features a practical storytelling guide written in a funny and easy-to-read manner. The book will teach you how to divide your story into concrete components and point out the ways to improve the structure, emotional impact and delivery of your streaming content.

Who Is The Author? 

Margot Leitman is a famous storyteller, best-selling author, speaker, and teacher originally from Matawan, New Jersey. She has written for multiple printed and online editions, including NBC, DreamWorks TV, the Hallmark Channel, the PixL Network, etc. and is a founder of the storytelling program at the UCB Theatre. Just search for some of her YouTube videos to see how brilliant Margot is at storytelling.

Watch one of Margot's Winning Stories:


Why To Read? 

If you want to grip the attention of your audience, it’s good to develop your storytelling skills. Just look at your favorite streamers, public persons or entertainers: almost all of them are exceptional story-tellers. This is because it’s our human nature to love a good story.


If you want to improve your stream, buying the most upgrade equipment is not the only thing you can do. Improving yourself - your communicative, social skills, the ability to entertain people, expertise in gaming and streaming - can bring you even more growth. Remember, your biggest competitive advantage is you. We hope that our list of the best books related to streaming will make you think outside the box and inspire new awesome ideas.