What makes Page 1 Books special? Why wouldn't I choose another book subscription box? Or order from a very large company that started as a website selling books (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)?
YOU. You are what makes what we do so special. We like to say that you are not an algorithm. You are a reader like no other reader. We listen to you. We think about you. We are inspired to share books we know you will love.
We don't just give you five books to pick from. And we are not 'pushing' titles that have big marketing budgets or sales goals. We are sharing our love of books with you, and sometimes that means a book that came out 10, 20, or 50 years ago. Where would Jane Austen be if we all only read bestsellers?
What do I actually get each month?
Page 1 Books sends you a new book each month that we have hand-chosen for you based on your tastes. We also usually include a little something extra as a surprise. Books will be a mixture of paperback and hardcover.
When will I get my books?
Books ship throughout each month for subscriptions purchased by the 25th of the prior month. You should receive your books around the same time each month. Subscriptions ordered after the 25th will ship out the month after. You will receive a tracking number when your books ship.
Please note that we ship books via USPS media mail as our standard delivery service, which usually takes 2-8 days during normal times. There is the option to upgrade to Priority Mail. Once the package leaves our shop, we unfortunately have no control over the speed of its delivery, especially with the USPS slow down during COVID. Please be patient with the delivery of your package.
What if I already have the book?
We want the experience to be as easy for you as possible. If you have the book or don't like what we chose, we will send you a new one straight away. No need to even go to the post office and return the original one. We ask you pass it along to someone who may enjoy it with our compliments. We think sharing good books is good karma.
How do you know what I will like?
We have a literary crystal ball in the back room. Just kidding. First, we listen. Then we rely on what we know and what we've read. Our staff loves books and authors and readers. And this is what we talk about most of the day, in our down time, during breaks, to just about anyone who will listen. Our social feeds aren't puppies or kittens, they are books. (Okay, with a few cute furry animals thrown in!)
How do I let you know what I like?
Our sneaky smart system won't let you finalize the order if you don't tell us your preferences. You will be prompted to answer a few questions in the text boxes. Type as much as you like. Tell us everything. Write your own novel! Also, a Goodreads handle is very helpful to avoid sending you books you've already read.
What do you charge for shipping?
We ship via media mail to keep costs down. The shipping cost is built into the cost of our subscriptions. There is a Priority option if you simply can't wait to get your books.
What if I want to change my book preferences or need to change my address?
We would be happy to update anything in your profile. Please send the changes to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 25th of the month to have them apply to the next month's shipment. Please note, changing your address in your account on our website does not change your address on our end. Address changes must be emailed to us.
Do you ship internationally?
We hate to disappoint readers. Yes, we will ship internationally. Unfortunately, it is often prohibitively expensive. If you try to check out and it appears we don't ship to you, please contact us and we will create a quote for you.
Can I mix and match digital and physical book subscriptions?
Because the physical book and digital book subscriptions have different pricing, you cannot mix and match within the same subscription. Your subscription will be for all digital books or all physical books and gift cards purchased for a digital subscription cannot be applied towards a physical subscription (or vice versa) because the gift cards are coded differently, for payment purposes.
Can I come visit you?
YES! Please come to our storefront at 1808 Central Street in Evanston, IL. Check out all our bookish goodies in person. We'd love to meet you!
What if I want to cancel my subscription?
Because we offer replacements and do not auto renew subscriptions, we do not accept cancellations or offer refunds. As mentioned above, we will do everything in our power to make sure you love your books!