About the Box
Q: What if I don’t like the book selected for the month, but I still want a box?
A: You can always swap out your book for another title instead of receiving the book of this month. We will announce the book of the month with at least a week’s notice to swap.
Q: Can I get this month’s box without a subscription?
Yes and no. The subscription guarantees that you will receive the book of the month if ordered by the 6th of each month. A subscription also locks in the $42/month price. If there are any boxes left after the cutoff on the 6th, anyone can purchase that month’s box in the store for the one-time price of $45.
Q: There are several different membership options in the store. What’s the difference between them?
A: We offer three membership options:
- The Feminist Book Club Subscription Box gives you the option to become a regular subscriber and get a box each month.
- The Book Only membership is just that! You’ll get the book, but none of the extra products.
- Our Virtual Membership offers you access to our Slack and Facebook discussion groups so you can chat about the book with us, but you won’t receive the goodies or the book from us—it’s all in your hands.
Q: Why are the prices so high?
A: In addition to giving back to charity, we believe in sourcing as ethically as possible and compensating our partners what they deserve in the name of a more feminist economy. Everything from our printer to our web developer are woman-owned businesses. Our dedication to small businesses puts our product at a more premium price-point.
Q: My friend would love this box. Can I purchase it for a friend?
A: Yes, we would love that! You can purchase a gift subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months in our store. Feel free to add a gift message in the Order Notes.
Q: What’s your cancellation policy?
A: You can cancel any time! Simply log into your account before your next renewal date and cancel your membership. You will have access to the discussion group through the end of that month.
Q: When do you charge me?
All subscriptions renew on the 10th of the month for the following month’s box. For example, if you sign up on January 15, you will receive the February box and your credit card will be charged again on February 10 for the March box.
Q: What do the discussion groups look like?
A: We’ve created a Slack workspace and a private Facebook group for all members of FBC. For every month you receive a box, you also get access to these communities. We have weekly discussion posts for members to connect, and at the end of each month we host a live video chat to talk about the book with anyone who wishes to participate. You will receive instructions for accessing these communities when you join. You are welcome to join one, both, or neither.
Q: What if I don’t have Facebook? Can I still join?
A: Of course! That’s what our Slack workspace is for. Plus all our live chats are all on the Zoom application—no Facebook needed.
Q: For U.S. orders, how does shipping work?
A: Shipping is free in the United States and we send out boxes first week of the month.
Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Yes! Worldwide shipping is a flat rate of $20 USD, and $16 to Canada, and we always ship the first week of the month.
Q: Can my box be shipped early?
A: Sadly, no.
Q: I’m local to Minneapolis. Can I pick my box up?
A: Absolutely! We’ve partnered with The Irreverent Bookworm to provide local pickup. Local members will receive details each month, so keep an eye on your email once you sign up!
***local pickup is currently suspended due to COVID-19***
Q: Can feminism be reconciled with capitalism?
A: Unfortunately, capitalism is compulsory. But we can participate in and critique it at the same time. Feminist Book Club seeks to disrupt traditional for-profit companies by focusing on what’s best for the community and our members as a whole, rather than the bottom line. Our members are consulted in nearly every decision, from which books we read to what kinds of products go into the boxes. While our founder does earn a small income from this business, the vast majority of revenue is either reinvested into the company or donated to charity.
Q: How are you addressing climate change?
A: As a company, Feminist Book Club is committed to minimizing our carbon footprint as much as possible. Some ways we do this is through partnering with local brands that allow for product pickup when we can, using minimal packaging and distributing few physical advertisements, and bulk ordering as much as possible to limit our use of packaging and shipping materials. We never want you to feel like you’re signing up for just “stuff.” Instead, we hope you find immense value in discovering these feminist brands through products that have been carefully curated with a healthy planet in mind.
Q: Can you put my book in your box?
A: Unfortunately, no. We are truly a community-driven subscription box, meaning our members suggest the titles they want to read and then we vote on them. Our team has no say over which books are featured each month, so we cannot accept author pitches.
Q: How do you select a charity? Can I submit mine?
A: We are happy to consider your charity or your favorite charity. We typically select them based on current events and/or a theme of the book of the month. The organization we choose must be committed to intersectional social justice, preferably working primarily with marginalized populations.
Q: How do I become a blog contributor?
A: We accept contributor applications on a rolling basis. View all the application details here.
Q: How do I donate to the scholarship fund?
A: You can upgrade your box for $2 a month to the collage box, and those $2 will go into the scholarship fund. Or you can donate directly at this link. Note: You will need to purchase an upgrade each month. At the moment, it cannot be added to a subscription.
Q: Can my company sponsor a scholarship?
A: YES! Please get in touch via email: hello [at] feministbookclub.com and we’ll happily discuss more details.
Q: How do I apply for a scholarship?
A: We have a form you can submit here. We carefully review all applications on a rolling basis. Currently, we are at capacity but will follow up with applicants as more funding comes in. Please do not submit more than one application.
Do you have any other questions? Is there something we missed? Please email us hello [at] feministbookclub.com and we’ll be happy to help you out!