I adore Powell`s quarterly book box. I’ve been a subscriber for well/over a year. The box is a bit pricey, $39.95, but ships every 6-8 weeks, so you’re not shelling that much out every mont, which helps.
Each box includes a signed, hardcover first edition of a new release book, and I understand many of these editions (which come with a custom, exclusive slipcover) have gone on to be quite valuable.
The box also includes goodies, such as snacks, water bottles, ARCs, and other bonus books. This box included an ARC of Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. The bonus book was cleverly packaged as a VHS rental (if you’re not sure what that is, go ask your parents).
The book looked so intriguing, I started reading right then and there. Expect a review to come out a bit closer to publishing time. Suffice it to say it was a creepy and original story, and I liked it quite a bit.
The focus of the box was Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. I haven’t read any of Foer’s other works, but the description of this book sounds great!
Above are pics of the book with and without the slipcover.
All told, I feel that Powell’s Indiespensable is a good deal for the money. Their picks are consistently great, even when the books are outside my comfort zone. Be warned: this box tends to sell out fast (the next box, due out in October, is already sold out), so be prepared for some hovering in order to secure your place.
You can check out the Indiespensable box info for yourself here.