Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Visit Tynga’s Reviews to learn more about this weekly meme.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell: This was not a “traditional” purchase. I’ve written before about my love of subscription boxes. I’ve subscribed to the Book Riot subscription box on Quarterly since day one. I’ve been generally happy with it, so when they announced a second subscription box, called Riot Read, I decided to give it a shot. Unlike the original box, the Riot Read box would consist of a single book versus the numerous books and other bookish goodies in the original box. It would also cost $30, while the original box is $50. I don’t know about you, but paying $30 for a book is not something I would normally do, unless it’s something like the Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros. The way Book Riot promoted this is that $30 is what you would pay for a new hardcover from an indie, plus shipping. But they also touted, as an added value, all of this exciting content they would feature on their site to go along with the book, including podcasts, interviews, discussions, etc. I could have sworn that they said that the content would be exclusive to subscribers. I figured that even though $30 was pricey, I would check out the box and the content at least once, to see if it seemed like a good value.
Fast forward to this week, and the box showed up at my door, and inside was Landline. Awesome! I’d been dying to read this book, and in fact, I had just picked it up earlier that day at the library. I went to check out BR’s site, and I found…the content is not exclusive. So, I paid $30 for a book that is $15 at Amazon and B&N (and I have free shipping at both), and essentially, I paid an additional $15 for content that anyone else could access for free. I complained about it on Twitter, and one of BR’s founders replied that the online content is free so that people outside the U.S. can participate, since they can’t subscribe to the box. OK, I’m glad everyone around the world can share in the Landline love, but I don’t like that I had to pay twice as much as everyone (including people in the U.S.) without a subscription.
Needless to say, I immediately cancelled Riot Read.
Let me know what hit your shelves this week!