Are book subscriptions worth it? Relove Book subscription review

Have you ever had a subscription to something? Maybe it was the paper, a magazine or a gardening club. When I was younger I remember my mum subscribing me up to a crafting magazine that would every month send you crafting materials and a magazine filled with ideas for things you could make. It was called ‘Make it Groovy‘ (yes it was as awesome as it sounds).

I guess these days there’s Pinterest for our crafting inspiration!

Subscriptions have been around for some time now, and in today’s internet dominated society you can find a subscription for just about anything! Including books. If you’ve been hearing about ‘Book boxes’ or considering a book subscription service todays post is for you.

Today on the blog I’m going to be talking about the Relove Print book subscription service specifically. This review isn’t a paid ad, all opinions are my own and are honest. I hope you find it useful if you’re considering subscribing to a book subscription service!

I’d like to extend a thank you to Relove Print for being great people and providing a discount code for my readers! Hang around till the end of todays post to receive 15% off your first month with Relove Print.

Time saving and decision making

If you’re someone who is time-poor, a book subscription service might be just right for you. You don’t have to make time to go to the shops, or spend time clicking through online bookstores to find your next great read.

Relove Print personally selects a gently used second-hand book for you to enjoy each month. When signing up you get the opportunity to tell them what genres, books and authors you like and dislike so they get a feeling for what to select for you. No more um-ing and ah-ing in the bookstore isles.

This month my subscription included the book The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff. The blurb sounds amazing and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Environmentally friendly

My favourite thing about this book subscription box is it’s focus on sustainability. Many books once they are read will sit on a shelf, sad and collecting dust. (Unless you take them down regularly to take photos of them of course…). At some point though most books are eventually discarded.

This service gives books another chance by connecting them with readers who will enjoy the words written again. It’s also really affordable compared with buying books new and compared to some other subscription services out there.

One of my previous posts: Five reasons to buy books second hand was all about the benefits of buying second hand books, so naturally finding this book subscription service was a win for me.

Australian based

I was really excited to discover this subscription service because as an Aussie, shipping can be quite expensive. While there are lots of global book subscription services, your location might dictate whether getting a subscription is worth it for you.

I really like to support local business (also is great for the environment!) when I can, so subscribing to Relove Print was a great choice for me.

Extra goodies

Like many book subscription services, Relove Print includes extra items each month in addition to your book. The extra gifts are useful and thoughtfully included. This month I received a handmade up-cycled bookmark made from old encyclopaedia pages and a bamboo toothbrush. (I’ve been looking into getting a bamboo toothbrush to replace my plastic one for some time, so this was pretty exciting for me!).

The extra goodies for the cats in your life? Crinkly paper and twine. Everyone is happy!

Gift idea

Book subscriptions make a great idea for a gift for the bookworm in your life! You can buy one month, three month or ongoing packages. The attention and care put into the selection of the included book is really lovely.


While a book subscription service would never be the only way I find books to read, it certainly has value. I’ve really enjoyed finding books that I may not have picked up myself.

I find visiting a bookstore really fun, but there’s also something fun and exciting to wait for your book mail to arrive. The anticipation, and excitement is real. It’s like a present, and the cute wrapping really adds to that level of the experience for me.

I’m really glad that I gave Relove Print a try, and I will continue to subscribe to them for a while longer. I do still buy some physical books new, use ebooks and frequent my local library, so this is yet another avenue to access books for me.

Will a subscription service be right for you?

I think that largely depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a book subscription service with personalised book selection Relove Print is a great option for you. It’s also really affordable.

However, if you don’t like second-hand books this service probably isn’t for you. There is, with any book subscription service the small chance you will end up with a copy of a book you already own. The information you give Relove Print when you subscribe is important to avoid this. I think with a second-hand book service you’re probably less likely to get double-ups than with a new release book service.

For more details and information on how to subscribe you can check out Relove Print‘s website here.

Discount Code

Hey there! Thank you for reading todays post. If you want to try Relove Print you can use my special discount code: Stephwriting for 15% off your first month with Relove Print. How great is that?!

That’s a really great deal from an awesome subscription service! Visit Relove Prints website and enter the code: Stephwriting at the checkout to get 15% off your first month of subscription.


Let’s talk more

Do you have any subscriptions? Have you tried a book box before, and which one? Let me know in the comments below what your experience was like with other book subscription services.

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  1. I think subscription boxes are nice to spice up your reading habits and get exciting new items that can be quite useful if you got the right box! I haven’t had the chance to subscribe to one in particular but always thought they be cool to check out. I just envy a lot those based in the States as their content is so much more epic than anywhere I else I believe hahah Great post, Steph! 😀


    1. Thanks for reading Lashaan! As someone living outside of the USA I can definitely relate to feeling a bit envious of American based book subscriptions! This is the second book subscription service I’ve tried, and it’s been great so far. If you’re able to find a service that suits you it’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy getting physical mail, as there’s not a lot of it these days!

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