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Love Books? These 5 Book Subscription Services Will Make Sure You Get Fresh Reads Every Month

Love Books? These 5 Book Subscription Services Will Make Sure You Get Fresh Reads Every Month
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If you have always been a self-identified bookworm but you don’t know if you should step out of your current genre, or maybe you’re new to the community and you don’t know where to start, book subscription services will be your new best friend.

Jen, 19, has been into reading since she was 13 years old, and used to spend hours at bookstores until closing time. As with a lot of us, she found it difficult to pick just one book to buy with her monthly allowance that would fit her taste and would not disappoint. Until she decided to try something new.

“When I was thirteen, I loved reading Young Adult books of course. But as I got older, I did not know if there was a specific age bracket for certain genres, or if it [was] time for me to stop reading YA and switch to more matured ones. Eventually, I decided to try book subscription services.” Jen says that it helped broaden her book choices and lifted the burden of choosing her monthly read.

If you’re interested in purchasing a subscription, check out these online bookstores!

Mermaid Crate

Mermaid Crate is a monthly YA subscription box based in Quezon City, Philippines. Their boxes include exclusive dust jackets along with the book, tote bags, bandanas, pens, notebooks, and other merchandise, depending on the month.

How it works:

Each month, Mermaid Crate puts together a unique box containing their book of the month and related merchandise. Different order forms are posted per month, so that you are free to cancel your subscription if you want to take a break from reading.

Once you have filled out their order form, they will contact you via email for the payment details.

How much is the subscription?

The prices of their monthly boxes vary from Php 1,700 to Php 2,000, depending on the price of the book and the merchandise included. Their shipping fee starts at Php 170 for NCR, Php 195 for Luzon, and Php 210 for Visayas and Mindanao.

For more information, you can contact Mermaid Crate on Facebook or Instagram.

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Owl Crate

 

Owl Crate is a United States-based subscription service, but they deliver worldwide, including the Philippines. They have two kinds of boxes available: the Owl Crate Box, and the Owl Crate Jr. box.

  • The Owl Crate Box

    This is a Young Adult book box suggested for readers aged 14+. It contains a brand-new YA hardcover novel signed by the author, a handwritten letter from the author, unique bookish goodies from small businesses and artists, collectible enamel pin, and a monthly magazine.

  • The Owl Crate Jr. Box

This is a Middle-Grade box for ages 8 to 12. It contains a brand-new middle grade hardcover novel, an exclusive letter and signed book or bookplate from the author, an activity / game or second book, additional goodies related to their theme of the month, collectible monthly sticker, and magazine.

How it works:

Choose between the Owl Crate and the Owl Crate Jr. subscription, then check out and pay for your box via Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. After that, just sit back and wait for your fresh reads!

How much is the subscription?

The Owl Crate plan is USD 32.99 (Php 1,605) monthly, while the Owl Crate Jr. box is USD 29.99 (Php 1,460) per month. Shipping to the Philippines is USD 36.99 or Php 1,800.

For more information, you can contact Owl Crate through their website or on Instagram.

Oli’s Boxship

 

For those who have kids at home, Oli’s Boxship is the first book-based creative play subscription box in the Philippines. Their boxes include children’s books and craft ideas so your child can read and experiment at home.

How it works:

Sign up on their website and select the length of subscription you would like to avail. You can pay for your boxes through BPI, BDO, GCash, PayPal, and major credit cards like Visa and Mastercard. After payment, you’ll get your first box within a week!

How much is the subscription?

Their monthly subscription costs Php 950, while a single boxship can be purchased for Php 850 if you want to try their services first without commitments. Their nationwide shipping fee is Php 130, added on top of the monthly subscription fee.

For more information, you can contact Oli’s Boxship through their website or on Instagram.

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24 Symbols

If you’re not a fan of physical books, you can go shelf-less with the 24 Symbols subscription service. With their monthly subscription, you can have access to thousands of titles with unlimited reads for all e-books.

How it works:

On the 24 Symbols website, click the “Be Premium” button and sign up for the subscription service. Once subscribed, you will be charged with a monthly fee, but you can cancel anytime. After payment, you can grow your library! Add as many e-books as you want and access them anywhere, anytime.

How much is the subscription?

The subscription is USD 8.99 (Php 450) which can be paid through major credit cards like Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

For more information, you may contact 24 Symbols through their website or on Facebook.

Audible

 

For those who are perpetually busy and are struggling to find time to read, audiobooks are here to help! Audible is a library of audiobooks that you can listen to while working, cleaning the house, or getting ready for bed!

How it works:

To avail subscription, access Audible’s member benefits website and click the “Try Audible Plus!” button. They offer a 30-day trial, after which you will be charged with a subscription fee for the succeeding months. You can cancel your subscription anytime.

How much is the subscription?

The Audible Plus subscription is USD 7.95 (Php 390) a month, and you can pay using your Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit cards.

For more information, you may contact Audible on Instagram.

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