Our bespoke book subscription services –
hand-picked books delivered to the recipient’s door!
If you’d like to buy a bookish gift for a friend or loved one and are unsure what to choose, let our dedicated team of experts do the hard work for you with one of our bespoke subscription services. We offer two different types of subscriptions, one for adults (fiction/non-fiction), and one for children (fiction by age group).
Over the course of the subscription (3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your preference), the recipient will receive a hand-picked book every month, beautifully wrapped and delivered to their door. The recipient will be invited to tailor the services in line with their reading preferences and interests, making it the ideal present for the readers in your life.
Our friendly and knowledgeable book curators have a broad understanding of all things literary, from the latest releases to modern classics, enabling them to match the right books with the right readers as effectively as possible.
How our subscriptions work
Setting up a subscription
Book subscriptions can be purchased online, in the shop or over the phone. As the buyer, you can either choose the first book with the help of one our expert book curators or allow the recipient to kick start the subscription on receipt.
The recipient will receive a ‘welcome’ card informing them of the subscription and an explanation of how it will work. In addition, they will be invited to have a conversation with one of our book curators to enable us to establish their reading preferences and interests – ideally, the types of books they enjoy and any categories they would like to avoid.
This will usually be a telephone conversation at a mutually convenient time; alternatively, if the recipient lives nearby, they may wish to pop into the shop and chat to us in person.
The subscription itself
The recipient will then receive a beautifully wrapped book at the beginning of each month for the duration of their subscription. Each book will be hand-picked in line with the recipient’s preferences, enabling the service to be as ‘tailored’ as possible. After the first 2 or 3 months, we will contact the recipient to see how they are finding their books and to check whether we need to tweak our choices in any way.
Our book subscriptions – the perfect gift
For Adults: Buy an Adult Paperback Subscription
For Children: Buy a Children’s Book Subscription
Terms and Conditions
If the subscription recipient is sent a book they have already read, we will exchange it for a different book providing it is returned to us in resaleable condition within 14 days of receipt. The recipient can either post the book back to us (at their own cost) or drop it into one of our shops for an exchange. We will cover the cost of posting the replacement book to the recipient if they do not live locally or are unable to come to the shops.
If the purchaser or recipient chooses to renew an existing subscription for 6 months or 12 months, the following discounts will apply to the costs of renewal:
- Renewal for 6 months: 5% discount
- Renewal for 12 months 10% discount
(As is the case with book tokens, shop tokens, events and stamps, our subscriptions services are excluded from any other discounts and offers, including ‘book group member’ discounts and occasional seasonal offers.)