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i was scrolling through my twitter feed when i saw a conversation bubbling between sydeny (from a daring adventure) and jacquelyn (from ya bookmark) about book subscription boxes. i joined in, but after i’d realized how much i had to say, i thought it was best to write a seperate discussion post dedicated for the topic. 140 characters is NOT ENOUGH.
book subscription boxes have gotten a lot of hype these past few months – especially in YA. the concept is really cool: you pay some money every month and get a curated box of goodies with – best of all – a book! but there are pros and cons. if you’re interested in checking it out, some popoular ones include: uppercase, bookriot, owlcrate, and A TON more. (note: i am not affiliated with any of these companies. i’m just stating my honest opinions. i’ve yet to purchase a subscription box.) (BUT, uppercase is having a giveaway which i seriously think you should enter!)
the book you receive each month is different.
there’s a mysterious aura around what you’re going to get and that’s exciting! it may be an amazing book you never would’ve picked up yourself, and now at your doorstep. you could discover your new favorite author, and who wouldn’t want that? but, what if the book that arrives is one that you already own. or what if it’s in a genre you generally don’t read because you know you won’t like it? there are a bunch of things that could go wrong, but also a bunch of things that could go right. in short, subscribing for a monthly box of mystery is risky.
the book included is sometimes advertised as a “new release.”
the book that i get at my doorstep is fresh off the press? awesome! i know i love newly released books. (though my never-ending tbr pile wouldn’t be too happy ahaha) so the unknown book i’m going to get is newly released, but if it’s a book i’ve been DYING to read, i probably already pre-ordered. or gone to the bookstore the morning of so i can start right away. if i get the box a few weeks later and womp, it’s the book that i finished the day it was released that’s a bit… anti-climatic. i already have a copy of the book AND i finished it. it’s nice to have multiple copies of the same book, but my shelf will have no space if that happens every few months.
the book subscriptions also include bookish goodies!
bookmarks, necklaces, posters, all the things! i think this is what makes these boxes special. some include a handwritten note, socks, stickers, signed things… that is all fantastic and makes me really want to subscribe to one. i can’t find anything wrong with this. i LOVE bookish stuff, and really, who doesn’t?
the prices range from $20 to $50.
here’s the tricky part. you can buy a new hardcover book for maybe $10 to $18. paperbacks are cheaper, and bargain books are even cheaper. if you work in publishing or something related to books (like sydney does), you could probably get great discounts on newly released hardcovers. so… is it worth it to pay an extra $10 to $40 on the other perks? personally, i don’t know because i haven’t purchased any of these (yet?) but what do you think?
as a book blogger, i probably already know or have newly released and “hot” titles. the most i could get out of this would be small things like posters and a signed something. however, if you enjoy reading, but aren’t super enthusastic or up-to-date on what’s being released, i think these are great and completely worth their money. the books they generally send out are fantastic, but i already own it which is a bit problematic for me.