Friday, 23 June 2017

A Guide to Book Subscription Boxes




I've never purchased a bookish subscription box, because frankly, there are just so many on the market, and the idea of researching them all scared me slightly. They are all different prices and have different items and aghhhhh how do I choose?
So, I've decided to make a blog post comparing 10 of the most popular boxes so that y'all have somewhere to go to see all the features of the various boxes.All pictures do not belong to me, they're from each box's website.

First, here's a table of all the various boxes and then I'll describe each of them. Enjoy!




  
Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover YA book
  • Signed bookplate (or book is signed by the author)
  • 1-2 bookish items
  • Handwritten, personalised note

Details
  • Monthly
  • Ships to US, Puerto Rico and Canada
  • $23/month
  • Shipping: $6.50 (US) or $22.75 (Canada)
  • Box without exclusive bookish items also available, costs $13.99 + shipping

Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover YA book
  • Bookish keepsakes from small businesses
  • Exclusive items from authors and publishers
  • A handwritten letter from the author, signed bookplates as much as possible
  • Collectable flyer

Details
  • Monthly
  • Ships Woldwide
  • $29.99/month, slightly cheaper if you purchase several months at once.
  • Shipping: $6.99 (US), $10.59 (Canada) or $19.99 (Worldwide)

 


  

Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover YA book
  • Unique buddy reading hashtag to link you up with another reader
  • 5-6 bookish items related to the theme of the month
  • Fairyscoop, a mini newsletter
  • A letter and signed bookplate from the author, wherever available.
  • Promotional items for other YA books
  • Packing list with artwork

Details
  • Monthly
  • Ships Worldwide
  • £26/month, slightly cheaper if you buy a 6 or 12 month subscription
  • Shipping variable depending on country e.g. UK - £3.95, US - $18.30

  


Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover YA book
  • 4+ bookish items
  • Handwritten, personalised note

Details
  •  Monthly
  • Ships Worldwide
  • $29.99/month
  • Shipping: variable dependant on country
  

  


Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover YA book
  • 2-4 bookish items

Details
  • Monhtly
  • Ships Internationally
  • $29.99/month, slightly cheaper if you buy a 6 or 12 month subscription
  • Shipping: variable, dependent on country
  

Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover YA book
  • 3-6 bookish items
  • Branded bookmark

Details
  • Monthly
  • Ships Worldwide
  • $39.99/month, slightly cheaper if purchased in 6 or 12 month subscriptions
  • Shipping: $9.99 (AUS&NZ) or $22.99 (Worldwide)


Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover YA book
  • Variable number of bookish items

Details
  • Monthly
  • Ships Worldwide
  • £29.99
  • Shipping: £4.99 to £13.99 depending on location


Each box contains:
  • 1 brand new, hardcover, Sci-fi/Fantasy YA book
  • 3+ bookish items

Details
  • Monthly
  • Ships Worldwide
  • $29.99/month, slighly cheaper with 3 month or 6 plans
  • Shipping: $7.99 (US), $14.99 (CAN) or $22.99 (Worldwide)

Each box contains:
  • 1 new hardcover book, filled with handwritten author notes and exclusive content
  • 2 books chosen by the author of the box

Details
  • Quarterly
  • Ships Internationally
  • $49 quarterly
  • Shipping: Variable based on location

  • Signed, first edition of a brand new, hardcover YA book
  • Selection of YA bookish items


Details
  • Run by The Strand Bookstore
  • Quarterly
  • Ships Worldwide
  • $30 quarterly
  • Shipping: $3.99 (US), $9.99 (Canada) or $17.99 (International)
I hope this was helpful,guys! Have any of you ever tried a bookish box? What did you think of it? If you haven't, which one do you think looks best? I'd love to know.

Love,


44 comments:

  1. WONDERFUL post!! I haven't subscribed to a subscription box either, but I hope to one day try a few out! :)

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    1. Aww , thank you so much Erica! Let me know which one you end up subscribing too <3

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  2. Wow there are so many! I've probably heard of Owlcrate and Fairyloot the most, and both have looked good from what I've seen from blog posts and unboxings. I'm debating whether to do one of these ...

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    1. I know! The more I researched, the more boxes I found. There are even more that I didn't include! :)

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  3. There's the Book Box Club http://www.bookboxclub.com

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  4. I have gotten 5 or 6 Litjoy crates.

    I like them for the most part. My sister and I share them, so if there's something one of us doesn't want, the other probably does.

    Most of the books were books I had heard about, and you get them just a week or two after they come out, so it's a good deal as far as I'm concerned. :)

    Some of these others look neat, though. I might have to do a pause on LJC and try out a different one.

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    1. Ooh, that sounds really good! I think I would like that box. If you try any others out, let me know <3

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  5. I haven't tried a book box subscription yet but I want to so bad

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    1. Me too! But they all look so good so I struggle to choose! :)

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  6. Once Upon a Book Club YA and Adult I love both of those

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    1. I just looked those up and wow, they look so good!

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  8. Indie Book Connect ships worldwide and sends out two autographed books and a bookmark each month for just $20! I love them!

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    1. That sounds AMAZING! I'll have to look into it :)

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  9. I wish I could subscribe to at least one of these but I don't have the money for it and the international shipping to my country will probably cost as much as the subscription itself if not more. I can only wish.

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    1. I'm in the same boat with that one. International shipping costs are THE WORST.

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  10. I started with Owlcrate 2 month ago and I loved it. This month I was crazy and also got Fairyloot and Whimsify. Whimsify was so great! Fairyloot is still on it's way. Can hardly wait ��

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    1. I've heard so many good things about Fairyloot - I hope you love your box!

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  11. I run Ninja Book Box. We're UK based with free UK shipping and all the books in our boxes are from independent publishers across all genres and gifts from small businesses,and we ship worldwide!

    I've also tried Fairyloot which I really like,and Prudence and the Crow which is lovely for preloved books 😊 oh,and Book Voyage which I LOVE - each box contains a book from a different country and snacks also from that country!

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    1. I will defiantly be checking these out, its getting harder to find anything in the UK anymore! Unless I'm looking wrong...
      Do you know any adult based book boxes?

      Kay xxx

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    2. Woah, your box sounds amazing, I'll definately be investigating it! :D

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  12. Very good! I'd mention that Fairyloot has a very limited number of spots so you have to jump on it if you want it!

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    1. Thanks Colleen, I didn't know that!

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  13. Illumicrate is actually quarterly, not monthly. It's nice seeing them side by side. I've only ever subscribed to Shelflove Crate and YA Chronicles, but I've liked every box I've received.

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    1. Ahhhh, thanks for pointing that out, I'll change it! Those both sound like really great boxes :D

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  14. Wow - I didn't realize that there were so many - thanks for giving me all the options!
    @kay - I'm pretty sure the Strand boxes (Book Hookup) include a lot of genres including general fiction, art/photography, even feminist!

    Megan, thanks so much for the shout-out on Twitter. That was so kind of you!

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Aww, you're so welcome, Jen! You're such a lovely blogging friend :D
      I know, I thought there were only 2 or 3 and then I started researching and more and more of them appeared. These aren't even all of them!

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  15. I tend to be pretty fussy about what I read so can't imagine finding one that would include the books I enjoy - though I can imagine subscribing to something that has quirky bookish tshirts or similar.

    Of course postage (to Australia) is a killer for most subscription boxes!

    Great post!

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    1. I'm always a little worried I'll get a book I already have too. And yes, postage is so annoying! :)

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  16. Thank you! I didn't know about pretty much all of these :D

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  17. Thank you SO MUCH for this post!

    There are so many subscriptions available it's not always easy to remember which ones might benefit best to a particular person. For one, I've seen Owlcrate, lllumicrate and Litjoycrate everywhere but now that I've seen your info on Fairyloot, that box seems so much cooler in that sense you get someone to read your book with! How much fun is that? You get connected to fellow book readers!

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    1. I know, it sounds amazing! Can you imagine sharing your thoughts on the book with someone from the other side of the world?

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  18. I've only tried Uppercase, but I really liked it!

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    1. It looks really good, I wish they shipped internationally!

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  19. I've personally never tried a book subscription box, but I'm intrigued by the concept. I love the idea of a unique hashtag to hook up with a reading buddy from Fairyloot! I've done a few of the beauty subscription boxes, and honestly, I canceled them because I'd rather pick things out myself. I guess I would worry that the book I received wasn't one I'd be interested in reading? But maybe that's silly, because honestly, I want to read all the things!
    Lauren @ Bookgirl Secrets

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    1. I have that fear too, and also that I might already own the book? I don't know, I guess I'm just nervous because I've never tried a bookish subscription box!

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  20. Those look awesome!

    I gave your blog a follow, and I would truly appreciate it if you could check out my book reviews blog located at https://elsbookreviews.blogspot.ca/ and possibly give it a follow as well! Looking forward to reading more of your reviews!

    - El

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    1. I followed you! Looking forward to reading your posts! :D

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  21. I've always wanted to sign up to a bookish box just to give it a try — but I can never justify the costs! The shipping from the US/UK to Australia is absolutely ridiculous, and the Aussie box that you've featured (The YA Chronicles) is also really expensive.

    I really want to try them out one day — specifically OwlCrate or FairyLoot. Just need to be richer ha.

    Joy @ Thoughts By J

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    1. Haha me too. I can't afford a box at the moment, but I can see how it might be a fun surprise!

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  22. Very cool and much needed post!! I totally didn't know the difference between these boxes and actually it seems like there isn't a lot of difference besides like 10ish dollars and 1-2 items? I always think I want a box, but then I remember that they usually come with a book in them and I want to pick what books I want and don't want. I'd be more likely to buy a bookish box without the book!

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  23. I've never done one of these subscriptions either, mostly because I'm nervous about getting repeats of books I've already read. But I'm intrigued by the idea that Quarterly YA has handwritten notes---that makes it really special.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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