I have a soft spot in my heart for all things books, and most definitely for anything from Powell’s Bookstore. You see, Powells’ is one of my favorite places in the whole world. It’s located in Portland, Oregon (my very much missed home town), and it is just the best bookstore ever. I could (and have) spent entire days wandering the aisles of Powell’s. So, you guys get it then…I’m obsessed.
Powell’s offers a subscription book service called Indiespensable, and it was the first “subscription” box that I ever subscribed to. I put “subscription” in quotes because though this box is auto billing and recurring, it isn’t on a monthly basis. New Indiespensable boxes are released roughly every six weeks. And believe me, the wait in between shipments is the longest six weeks ever!
Indiespensable delivers the best new books, with special attention paid to independent publishers. Selections are often first editions, or inventive sets, or exclusive printings, and each book is signed by the author! Besides the super awesome book that you get, one of the coolest things about this service is that Powell’s also curates a number of surprises, often along the theme of the book, to include in the shipment.
Here is what I received in my most recent Indiespensable shipment.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – I’ve never read anything by this author, but am excited to dive into this book. This was the main book for the box. It was hardback, was housed in a custom canvas slip case, and was signed by the author.
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison – This was one of the surprise items in the box. It has received good reviews, and it’s nice that this copy was also signed by the author.
A die-pressed graphite heart writing tool was also included in the box. It’s definitely an interesting addition, and not something I’ve ever seen before. I tried it out…It’s actually a pretty neat thing to write with!
Here are the details if you’d like to subscribe:
What: Powell’s Indiespensable
Cost: $39.95 per shipment, includes shipping if shipped within the United States. Subscribers outside the continental U.S., should add $12 per package for shipping.
I can’t stress enough how much I love getting this box. The folks over at Powell’s really know what they’re doing, and I always trust that even though the selections and authors may be new to me, that I will always enjoy the selections. The curation of the boxes is always top notch as well.
Past Indiespensable boxes have included books by Donna Tartt, Karen Thompson Walker, Jeffrey Eugenides, Erin Morgenstern, and Ann Patchett. Here is a list of all their past installments.
Have you ever been to Powell’s Books? Are you subscribed to Indiespensable? Do you love it as much as I do?