You might have seen a few of your friends raving about their subscription boxes on social media—each month, they get a box full of new clothes, fitness gear, beauty products, gourmet coffee, or a variety of other handpicked goodies delivered straight to their doors.
Well, there’s good news for book lovers who would rather get a fresh hard cover than a “Cheese of the Month” on their porch. Book subscription boxes are a thing, and they’re a bookworm’s dream!
We’ve rounded up a list of the best book subscription services, many of which come with book-related goodies and a brand new read for every month.
What Are the Best Book Subscription Boxes?
Below are 17 of the best book subscription boxes that will keep the surprises coming and your book cravings satisfied.
1. Book of the Month
How it works: Each month, the Book of the Month team selects 5 hardcover books to send subscribers (you can choose a specific title or let the team choose for you based on your preferences). Choose the book you’d like to keep, then return the others. (You can also choose to keep up to 2 additional books for $9.99 each!)
Price: $14.99/month (reduced fees for 3 and 12 month subscriptions)
Availability: U.S., U.S. military living overseas
How it works: OwlCrate sends subscribers a brand new hardcover YA novel each month, along with 3–5 keepsakes, which might include pins, accessories, small home goods, and other goodies that relate to that month’s theme.
Available: Worldwide, excluding Mexico and Peru
3. Once Upon a Book Club
How it works: Once Upon a Book Club sends readers a new book each month and pairs them with unique gifts and surprises. Each gift is individually wrapped, with a tag that corresponds to a page number. When you reach that page, open the matching package for a gift that will transport you right into the story!
4. The Bookworm Box
How it works: Every Bookworm Box comes with an autographed YA or romance book, along with fun treats like stationery, keychains, pens, bookmarks, and more! And you can feel good about your purchase, because for each delivery the Bookworm Box team donates a portion of the profits to charity.
5. Fresh Fiction Box
How it works: Each month, the Fresh Fiction Box sends readers 3–5 books, along with 2–4 ebooks from genres like romance, mystery, and more. This box is targeted primarily at women who love a good romantic read.
Available: U.S., Canada
How it works: FairyLoot is THE box for fantasy lovers, offering 5–6 exclusive book-themes surprises and a fantasy YA novel with each order. You can also join the FairyLoot community for access to author interviews, readalongs, monthly theme reveals, and more.
Available: U.S., U.K., and most countries worldwide
7. The Bookish Box
How it works: Whether you want to be showered with books or just awesome bookish gifts, The Bookish Box has you covered. Subscribers receive surprises like shirts, stationery, bath and body products, candles, and of course great books. You can choose what kinds of gifts you’d like to receive, with or without books.
Price: $18/month and up
8. Boxwalla Book Box
How it works: Boxwalla delivers 2 books every other month from authors around the world, including classics and potential Nobel Laureates. With each box, you’ll also get a small, quality gift, like this month’s pocket notebook from Obvious State.
Price: $29.95 every other month
9. Powell’s Indiespensable
How it works: From the iconic Powell’s Books in Portland comes this curated box, featuring autographed titles, a collectible booklet with author interviews, and other insightful materials. This box is a great choice for readers of compelling, engaging literature.
Price: $44.95 every 6–8 weeks
10. Once Upon a Bookcase
How it works: Although the Once Upon a Bookcase box doesn’t include books, it is full of bookish goodies that are curated according to a monthly theme. Each box includes a phone case, a small gift (like a necklace), a bookmark, notepad, a 5″ x 7″ printed quote, and other fabulous accessories.
11. Culture Carton
How it works: The Culture Carton is a men’s lifestyle box that mixes a stylish accessory subscription with a book of the month club. The standard subscription level includes items like neckties, patterned socks, and other items, along with a great book.You can also opt to receive the book alone for just $16/month.
12. Coffee & A Classic
How it works: What goes better with a great book than a great cup of Joe? With the Coffee & A Classic box, readers can choose to receive a book from classic literature, a children’s classic, or a nonfiction classic, along with a yummy beverage—tea, hot chocolate, or coffee.
13. My Thrill Club
How it works: The My Thrill Club sends subscribers 2 books, an ebook, and the occasional surprise (like DVDs of classic thrillers). Choose your favorite genre, from Mystery, Thriller, Horror, or a Surprise Me option
Available: U.S., Canada
Book Subscription Boxes for Children
14. Kid Art Lit
How it works: The Kid Art Lit book box encourages children to engage in story time and exercise their creativity. Each box comes with a newly released picture book, a process-oriented art project, quality supplies for 2 children, illustrated instructions, and a note from the author.
15. Little Fun Club
How it works: Each Little Fun Club box comes with 2–3 handpicked titles for children aged 0–12. The Little Fun Club has access to thousands of titles, from award-winning classics to newly released educational books, so there’s something for every child to love.
16. Unicorn Crate
How it works: Unicorn Crate sends readers a recently published YA fantasy, along with 5–6 book-related gifts and a signed bookplate, when possible. However, note that the subscription is not automatic, so every month you’ll need to reserve a box during a 10–day window. You can also shop past boxes, as well.
17. Wildest Dreams Book Box
How it works: The Wildest Dreams Book Box is truly what a book lover’s dreams are made of: each month, readers receive a newly released YA book, tea, and a book-related bath and body product to pamper yourself while you read.
Available: UK, most countries worldwide
Price: $23.52/month (£18)
Book Subscription Services
A book subscription box might be the gift that keeps on giving for you or a friend who loves books. They’re also a great way to help you stay committed to reading more.
You can also try a subscription service like Kindle Unlimited, which allows for unlimited reading and listening on any device for $9.99/month.
Have you ever tried a book subscription box? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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