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What is Literati Cultura?
Literati Cultura: A Collector's Club is a signed first editions monthly subscription program where we select and deliver new and exciting literary work each month, signed by the author, and packaged with a unique item from Wolverine Press, a local letterpress. Literati Cultura is more than just a book subscription; it is a way to discover new books, and build a valuable library.
What is a signed first edition?
A first edition is the original, limited printing of a book. First editions are valuable because they are the closest edition to the author's original work. Subsequent printings can have changes to the text, cover art, and printing quality. A signed first edition is an important and unique addition to a personal library, and is important and valuable to book dealers and book collectors, too.
How do I sign up?
Fill out this online form or stop by Literati Bookstore. It takes 30 days for the subscription to begin (meaning: you must sign up a full month in advance to receive the next book pick).
What subscription plans are available?
There are two different kinds of subscription plans. The first is an ongoing plan where you receive a signed first edition book every month, for a minimum of three months, after which you can cancel anytime 30 days prior to the next release. The other option is the gift subscription option where you can gift someone else the Collector's Club for three (3), six (6), and twelve (12) pre-paid monthly plans.
How much does a membership cost?
For the ongoing subscription, the price is the publisher’s list price for the book ($25-32 on average per month) plus sales tax. If you'd like the ongoing subscription to be shipped to you, we offer flat shipping for an extra $6/month. You may also choose to pick up your selection each month at Literati Bookstore at no additional charge. Please note that whatever delivery option you choose, this will be the ongoing delivery for your subscription.
For the gift subscription, the price is $100 for three (3) months, $200 for six (6) months, and $400 for twelve (12) months. This pre-paid price includes tax and shipping. There is no in-store pick-up for this option.
What sort of books will I receive?
The hardcover, signed first editions are hand-chosen by Literati staff and will include a mix of established authors and up-and-coming literary writers.
2016 books to be determined!
When will I receive my signed first edition?
We ship books as close to their release date as possible. Shipping dates will fluctuate due to the varying release dates of books. Therefore, you will receive a book in each month, but not necessarily 30 days apart.
Do I have to provide my credit card number?
Yes. For our credit card processing, we use Stripe, which guarantees secure payments. We will not have access to your full credit card number. If you sign-up for the gift subscription, your card will be charged immediately. If you sign up for the ongoing subscription, your card will not be charged until we ship each selection. If you choose the ongoing plan, your credit card number is stored so it can be charged on a monthly basis. Stripe, the secure payment processor, sends a request to the bank for a $0 or a $1 authorization for verification. Then, they reverse the authorization request immediately. It can take a bank anywhere from a few minutes to a few weeks for the charge to be removed. When the book is ready to ship it will initially show up as a Stripe payment, then switch to Literati Cultura.
I received a call/email about an expired/declined credit card. What do I do?
Please call the store at 734-585-5567 to update your credit card information. If Literati Bookstore does not receive updated credit card information within one month, your membership will be cancelled. If you are aware that your credit card will soon expire, or if you recieve a new credit card or number in the mail, please contact us so there is no disruption in your membership.
May I return or opt-out of a selection?
No. All Literati Cultura titles are non-refundable and non-returnable. When signing up for Literati Cultura, you agree to be part of a program of curation, with a variety of titles, genres, and styles. We see this as a part of the beauty of the book subscription program and in order to make Literati Cultura possible, we have to make specific publisher requests for these books many months in advance and plan our orders based on those signed up for the program.
I’m signed up to pick my books up in the store. What happens if I forget to retrieve my book?
Literati Bookstore will hold books that are marked for pickup at the bookstore for one month. If you do not pick up the book within that timeframe, Literati will charge you the flat shipping rate of $6 and ship the books to your home.
What if I am gone from my residence for a long period of time?
Just give us a call and we can update your address information to your current location.
Is there a limit to how many people can sign up?
At the moment, no. Invite your friends to join, too! Or, you can purchase a prepaid Gift Subscription here. Note: Memberships are currently only available to North American residents.
Do the books I purchase through Literati Cultura add to my Frequent Buyer’s Club balance?
Absolutely! However, the Frequent Buyer’s discount cannot be used to purchase Signed First Edition books.
I have a question that isn’t answered here. Whom do I ask?
Ask a Literati Book Ninja in the store or call us at 734-585-5567.
When did the Literati book subscription service begin?
It began in September of 2015. Since then, we've received incredible, positive feedback. In fact, many of Literati's subscribers have been subscribers since the first month!