In the books world, there's a lot of talk about how the success of Amazon has changed the industry. But guess what? Amazon isn't the only way to get books sent to you in the mail. In fact, there are so many great ways to get books shipped to you, each one with its own flair — which is great news if you want the convenience of having books shipped to you, but still want to support local and small businesses.
I know we're living in the era of apps and smart phones, but if you ask me, snail mail still has its own magical thrill to it. There's nothing quite like the feeling of coming home after a long day to find a package waiting for you on your doorstep. And then when you open that package to discover it contains a book? Eek, it's the most exciting thing!
From fun subscription boxes to online marketplaces, there are so many innovative ways to get book mail. Heck, with all of these ways to get new books delivered right to your door, you may never have to leave your house again. So sign up for one (or all!) of these services, and let the reading frenzy begin!
If you're looking for a specific book, use this instead of Amazon. IndieBound allows you to get any book delivered to you, while also supporting independent bookstores.
2. Book of the Month Club
Book of the Month Club is a subscription service that asks five book influencers to recommend a book every month. Choose one of the five books as part of your subscription fee, and feel free to add more to your cart for an additional fee.
Owlcrate is a YA-reader's dream subscription! Every month, subscribers receive a box that contains a brand new young adult novel, three to five high quality bookish items, and exclusive goodies from the author.
4. LibraryThing Early Reviewers
What's better than free books? How about getting to read a book before anyone else? It's not too good to be true! LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program matches you up with advanced reader's copies of upcoming titles and sends them right to you in exchange for a review.
5. Paperback Swap
Paperback Swap is a cool way to swap books with people online! Send out your books, get points, and request the books you want. (Not limited to paperbacks!)
Remember how Netflix used to work with DVDs in the mail? BookLender is the same model, but with books instead! Create a queue, receive books in the mail, send them back, and then get another batch of books. Amazing.