For bibliophiles, a trip to the local bookstore can easily end up becoming an all-day affair—not to mention a major drain on the wallet. While we still adore bookstores and all that they have to offer, sometimes, too many options can be daunting.
That’s where Page 1 comes in. This book subscription service curates a selection of books tailored to your personal interests, so you don’t have to spend countless hours browsing. Its team of “literary matchmakers” will send you a box each month containing one hand-selected book, and usually “a little something extra” as a bonus.
According to Page 1, its business model is not designed to push books that have high sales targets, so you’ll probably end up with a classic or two, if it’s in line with your interests. “We are sharing our love of books with you, and sometimes that means a book that came out 10, 20, or 50 years ago,” Page 1 writes in its FAQ section. “Where would Jane Austen be if we all only read bestsellers?”
The boxes contain a mix of hardcover and paperback books, but you can opt for the hardcover-only option for an additional fee. There’s also a subscription service for kids that selects books based on the child’s age, reading level, and interests. (Plus, Page 1 offers a subscription box via the Book & Wine Club, but that, of course, is for adults.)
When you sign up online, you’ll be asked whether you want a three-month ($65), six-month ($120), or 12-month ($225) subscription. After that, just fill out a short questionnaire about the books and authors you love, and the ones you’d rather do without. If you have a Goodreads profile, you can drop a link in the application to prevent them from sending books you’ve already read. But if this happens, you can keep the book or give it to a friend, and then request a different title to replace it. The same guarantee applies if you don’t like the book chosen.