Powell’s Books Indiespensable Subscription Box Review – Vol. 50
Powell’s Books Indiespensable is a book subscription box that ships every 6 weeks. So many readers recommended this box that I had to sign up!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Powell’s Books Indiespensable
The Cost: $39.95 a shipment (every 6 weeks)
The Products: Exclusive books and extras
Ships to: Worldwide
This box came with a letter from the Powell’s team celebrating the 50th box in the subscription – it started in March 2008!
All My Puny Sorrows Signed First Edition – Value ? (Retail Value of Hardcover book is $24.00).
This book comes with an custom slipcase made just for subscribers. Considering that the Amazon hardcover price is a little less than $17, I love that they include these exclusive extras – it adds to the value and makes the package feel more special than just buying the book on its own.
The box comes with a little booklet that details the items in the box, why they were chosen, and includes addition exclusives, like an interview with author Miriam Toews:
Signed copy of Loitering New & Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio – Value? (Retail Value $16)
Here’s a description of Loitering from Amazon:
Charles D’Ambrosio’s essay collection Orphans spawned something of a cult following. In the decade since the tiny limited-edition volume sold out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their friends, students, and colleagues, only to find themselves begging for their copy’s safe return. For anyone familiar with D’Ambrosio’s writing, this enthusiasm should come as no surprise. His work is exacting and emotionally generous, often as funny as it is devastating. Loitering gathers those eleven original essays with new and previously uncollected work so that a broader audience might discover one of our great living essayists. No matter his subject — Native American whaling, a Pentecostal “hell house,” Mary Kay Letourneau, the work of J. D. Salinger, or, most often, his own family — D’Ambrosio approaches each piece with a singular voice and point of view; each essay, while unique and surprising, is unmistakably his own.
I’m really excited to read both of these books – and a nice chocolate bar is always welcome!
Verdict: Thank you to everyone who recommended I sign up for this subscription – it really does feel special, and I can’t wait to start reading my new books! The value is a little harder to calculate with this subscription since both books are signed, and All My Puny Sorrows also came with an exclusive custom cover, but I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth.
What do you think of Volume 50 from Powell’s Indiespensable?