Monday, July 26, 2010

Mailbox Monday: Powell's indieSpensable

Is Powell's "indieSpensable" or not? I decided to find out. In my mailbox last week came my first "indieSpensable" box.

Here's how they tempted a self-diagnosed book addict:
  • Autographed book in a specially designed slip cover
  • Advanced Reader's Copy of an upcoming novel 
  • Surprise treats added to the box. 

This fix cost $39 (postage included). I tried to resist for a few days but in the end I was completely weak.

I knew ahead of time that The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake would be included. The author signed copy looks nice in its case. For this I paid premium.

The Advanced Reader's Copy turned out to be, The False Friend by Myla Goldberg. It's scheduled for release in October. According to the book notes, it's "...the mysterious and deeply resonant story of childhood friends, the truths that we question, and the lies that we accept as truth." Sounds deep.

The surprise extras included notes from an interview Powell's conducted with Aimee Bender. Also in the box was a set of coasters advertising the reprint of the 1950's, The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto. They added a 30 percent discount coupon should I decide to buy. Tempt me.

"IndieSpensable" pays special attention to independent publishers (although this package contained books by Doubleday). Every six weeks a new box arrives. It's ongoing until you tell Powell's to stop.

Would you be tempted by "indieSpensable?"

FTC Notes: Unfortunately, I paid full price for this pleasure. No deals. Bummer. 


  1. Oh, I really enjoyed The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake!

  2. I've never heard of this so, of course, I'll check out the link and see what it's all about!

  3. I hadn't heard of this! It's a cool idea, but probably not one I could afford to indulge for long.

  4. If I keep following your advice, Rob, I'm going to go broke! First the Book Passage first editions (which I LOVE, thank you) now this. Sigh.

    I look at those each month and think maybe next month...

  5. I caved. Luckily I had enough Powells credits (have you ever sold your used books to them...I love that program!) to finance my weakness. :-D

  6. i haven't heard about this program but am sure to soon be parting with scads of hard-earned money! :) i read and reviewed 'the particular sadness...' a few weeks back. hope you enjoy it!


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