What is it?
Queer Book Box is a curated fiction subscription service. Every month we deliver one really great book, written by a queer author, with queer main characters and themes.
Is it just all about coming out?
No, it’s the opposite of that actually. It’s about sharing honest stories about our lives, the hilarious things that happen to us, the poignant things, the time we discovered we had a super power, or that time we solved a murder. You know, standard queer things. It’s regular fiction, but with us in it. And maybe some romance you actually relate to.
Is it going to be all Oscar Wilde and Sylvia Plath?
No, we only send books published recently. Not to mention, the queer misery trope has been done to death. What we’re sending you is less Well of Loneliness and more “well this is interesting”.
The use of “queer”
We recognise that the word queer doesn’t sit right with everyone. We use it as an umbrella term for the whole LGBTQIA+ community. We think it’s more inclusive and, frankly, easier to say. We know that for some people “queer” invokes pain. We recognise that. This group has always found power in taking the words used against us and owning them. We are reclaiming the power of the word Queer, and using it to show strength and unity in our community.
Where do you get your books?
We are proudly supplied by independent retailer Gay’s The Word, the UK’s only Gay and Lesbian bookshop. Founded in 1979, Gay’s the Word provided a place for queer people to access resources and literature, meet socially, and feel connected to their community. Selling queer books was a radical move in 1979. Sex between men was still criminalised in parts of the UK, the age of consent was still 21 and Section 28 was looming. HM Customs and Excise, a department of the government, called the books pornographic and regularly raided the shop, seizing thousands of pounds worth of stock.
Gay’s The Word survived this, rising London rent, the arrival of Amazon, and still receives the odd brick through the window. In the face of all this, what we’re left with is a jewel of our community. The shop is warm and inviting. The staff are friendly, conversational, full of recommendations and regularly offer a shoulder to cry on for the people who are overwhelmed being in such a special place.
This is why it’s so awesome that we are partnering with them! By subscribing to Queer Book Box you’re supporting this radical and iconic institution. Click here for more info on them.
Do you offer discreet packaging?
Yes. If you are not out, not sure, or just not into rainbows, we offer discreet packaging and billing. Choose the discreet option when you add a box to your basket, you'll see photos of the discreet option in the product images. Your delivery will be made in a plain package with nothing but your address, postage details and a sender address (in case of delivery failure) which won't include "Queer Book Box". We appear on bills as "QBBuk".
Do you offer gift cards?
Yes! Click here to find out more.
The books we send are always paperbacks. We're working on more accessible ways to access queer books. If you have suggestions for what we could be doing better, get in touch at email@example.com
What if my payment is declined?
Your subscription will renew on the 24th of the month. If the order bounces we'll try again the next day, for a couple of days until it goes through. If it's more than 8 days your subscription will become inactive, and you'll have to resubscribe to stay signed up.
Do you use discount codes/student discount?
As we source our books from a queer-owned independent business we don't get the same huge discount on our stock as we would if we went to a big distributor. This is a decision we've made to support our community and which upholds our values (we're not Fox Books if you know what I'm saying). Discount codes are rare, but we run competitions on our facebook and instagram accounts so make sure you enter those for perks and freebies!
Where do you ship to?
We only ship to the UK right now, but international delivery is in the pipeline. Sign up for emails to hear when it launches. We deliver Royal Mail and there's no added delivery charge.
When will I get my box?
If you order on or before the 23rd of the month your box will be shipped by the end of the month so it should be with you in the first week of the new month. If you order on or after the 24th your box will be shipped at the end of the next month.
Can I order previous boxes?
You will be able to soon! Sign up for emails and we'll let you know when this option is available.
Can I get more than one book per month?
Right now we’re only sending one per month, but depending on the box you choose we’ll also send “if you liked that, try this” recommendations (and loads of other things). If you want the option to have more books let us know!
Can I return books if I already have them?
If you already have the book we've sent, get in touch ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can chat about what to do next.
Can I change my subscription?
Of course, you manage your own subscription, so you’re in control. In "Manage my subscription" in your account section you can pause or skip a delivery month if you're going away.
What’s next for Queer Book Box?
It depends on what you want. We could offer more books per month. We could do a young adult or non-fiction subscription, or offer a mix. Tell us what you would like to see!