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Powells Launching Book Club by Mail


Powell’s Books, home of the largest independent bookstore in the US, is launching a new book club by mail. For $39.95, you’ll receive one box every six weeks with a book and a gift. The book could be anything from a first edition hardcover with a special case or a signed high quality ARC. The gift might be a DVD, CD or mug. Powell’s compares it to the Cracker Jack box surprise.

The goal is to highlight new and emerging authors. Publishers are encouraged to include items for the reader such as a note or a reader response card.

I think this is a neat gift idea. I’ve frequently bought Harry and David’s Fruit of the Month club as gifts but for the bibliophile, the Powell’s subscription sounds like a great idea. I can’t help but wonder why it wasn’t launched before Christmas.

The club is limited to 200 at this point but Powell’s hopes to expand. I believe this will sell out quite soon. I’ve sent the link to Ned with a broad hint that Valentine’s Day is coming up. Chocolate is an illusory pleasure. Books, though, will last forever, like – you know – our love.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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