A well-tailored book subscription program is one of the greatest services an indie (and only an indie) bookshop can offer.
WARNING: As you read the following description, you might find yourself responding, like one Avid book subscriber did: "**GASP** This is even better than I had imagined - sign me right...up."
The Avid Book Subscriptions Program is one of the most wonderful services Avid provides. Each month, the program manager (bookseller and author Will Walton) hand-selects a separate title for each subscriber, each one tailored to suit his, her, or their individual tastes.
HOW DO WE TAILOR OUR SELECTIONS?
Each subscriber will fill out a short preliminary survey before the program manager makes the first selection. This survey will give the manager an idea of what to select, as well as what NOT to select, for a subscriber.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A SUBSCRIBER IS DISSATISFIED WITH A SELECTION? Avid accepts exchanges for subscription books in-store only, and only if the book is in sellable (brand-new) condition.
That said, let the program manager know if you don't like a book. Odds are you'll get a little bonus to make up for it in the following month's package.
HOW LONG DOES A SUBSCRIPTION LAST? Avid offers both six-month and twelve-month options. Payment plans are available if a customer prefers not to pay for an entire subscription in one transaction. We are also willing to stagger the arrival of the books to suit each subscriber's reading schedule. For example, we have a couple subscribers who like to receive their books every other month, rather than month by month. Sign Up Today
PROGRAM MANAGER'S CAVEAT:
"Part of what makes our book subscription so unique and cool is that it is also extremely interactive--or, well, I should say as interactive as the subscriber wishes for it to be. I welcome and look forward to each subscriber's commentary following a month's delivery. My hope is always that, if one month's book doesn't quite fit the bill, the subscriber will shoot me an email/phone call to let me know." -Will Sign Up Today
Nuts and Bolts
We have a few different subscription package options. One for picture books, one for young readers (ages 6-12, approx.), one for young adult readers (ages 13-18, approx.), and one for adults.
*Note: Prices below include all applicable sales taxes and shipping.
I loved mine and Will totally nailed the selections for me!!!
I seriously love this so much! I've gotten the six month sub twice and it was awesome.
#bookmail day is the best damn day...
Will, who’s in charge of the book subscriptions, has superb taste and is an author himself . . . Give [Avid] a call and they can hook you up (you don’t need to be from Athens!)..
All of the books have been a smash hit!
One certain thing is that this program is a perfect extension of great independent handselling. A strong bookseller and real communication is a quantum leap better than any algorithm. In this sense, Avid’s program exemplifies the sort of outreach that extends rather than dilutes a store’s persona
Bookmail! Love my Avid Bookshop book subscription . . . [Avid] has sent me such great stuff that I've often never even heard about. Can't wait to crack this [most recent] one
...I tried to buy [Outline by Rachel Cusk] for myself at @avidbookshop last week and had to be stopped, because @willdwalton read my mind and had already sent it to me. #AmazonDontKnowMeLikeThat..
...Book Subscription day is here and @willdwalton is the best (at both picking books and writing notes)!!
Get on this [Avid Bookshop] subscription for a present in your mailbox every month
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