-YourShelf- is a brand new service for book lovers, run by book lovers. We aim to provide our subscribed readers with a monthly bundle of quality books, specifically selected for them by our team of curators based on their preferences, books that they have read previously, and genres or authors that they want to try. We also love terrible puns, but that's not part of our business model. It's just a huge perk.
We're in the early stages right now; call it our launch or our Beta phase (just don't call it late for dinner). This means that if you sign up now, you'll be amongst our earliest, most loyal subscribers!
How does it work?
It's simple. Sign up, answer some questions, and pay a monthly fee. Then, every month, we'll send you three hand-picked books, tied with a bow, and a note from our curators explaining why we've selected these books for you.
Why should you bother?
You work hard to earn your money and you don't want to part with it for no good reason. But if you're like us, and you love to read and to buy books, this service is definitely an investment. We aim to provide you with books that you like, or books that will broaden your horizons (and, in future, books that we don't think you should have to live without). It can be so time consuming to go to the bookstore and browse, or to look for worthy reads online; and there's nothing worse than shelling out your cash for a book that you don't like or never read. -YourShelf- is the solution.
Where's this headed?
Over time, we'd like to start including more with your books, like bookmarks or collectors items. Over time, we'd like supply a series of themed bundles: think "British Staples", "Fan Favourites", "Best of the Year", that sort of thing. Over time, we'd like to stop using the phrase "over time" so much.
What about social media?
The dream is that -YourShelf- will grow into a whole community and platform for readers everywhere. For now, we're planning on hijacking the platforms that already exist (namely Twitter and Instagram!) by using the nifty lil' hashtag #YourShelf. We have a Twitter and Instagram account you can get involved with too: @_yourshelf_. Can't wait to see you all out there tweeting us. We run lots of competitions on there too, so be sure you're not missing out on a chance to get some AMAZING FREE BOOKS. That's the dream, folks.
Can we curate ebooks as well?
No. Call us old-fashioned, but we prefer real shelves to e-shelves. It's nothing personal though (it totally is).
What is the cost for -YourShelf- subscriptions?
Each monthly -YourShelf- bundle costs £30, although every so often we do lower the monthly price as a little added bonus for our lovely subscribers, so make sure to check every month! Postage to ROI, USA and Canada will incur an additional charge (see below). We hope to offer varying services for a range of prices in the future, and certain themed bundles for less than the standard subscription fee, to replace or complement your subscription.
Where is -YourShelf- available?
We are now accepting Beta sign-ups from four countries: UK, ROI, USA and Canada. Outside of the UK, customers will incur some minor additional postage charges; an additional £12.50 shipping charge will apply to all orders going to ROI, and a £17.50 charge to USA/Canada. We hope to expand soon - if you would like to see your country added to the list, let us know!
What if I want to return a book?
We do not accept returns. By placing your order, you agree to receive three books as selected by our curators. In the unlikely event that your books arrive damaged, or you believe we've really messed something up, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as your order arrives with you.
What happened to your old sign-up form?!
Out with the old and in with the new, folks. That's just the way it goes. (It actually still exists, in slightly reincarnated form, if you follow the buttons to sign up either up above or down below.)
If I'm too busy to fill in a complete reader's profile, can I get a random bundle sent to me every month instead?
Yes you absolutely can (we'll do anything for your money). Just sign up, leave your reading info blank and pop a request in the 'Notes' box at the bottom. We'll take it from there!
Isn't the FAQ a tired format for relaying information?
I don't know about that - but it's definitely a tried format. And that's all that matters to us.