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Literati Insisto FAQ

What is Literati Insisto?

Literati Insisto is a monthly subscription service that will curate and send out into the world one new and exciting paperback book being published by a small, independent literary press. The aim of Insisto is to celebrate diverse, original voices from passionate presses that push the boundaries of what literature can do. This is a great program for the small press aficionado as well as any eager reader who is looking to expand their taste in literature! 

What is a small press or indie publisher?

Small presses and independent publishers are often separate from many of the multi-national corporations that make up most of the book market. Most of these presses often only put out 10-15 books a year, making each publication that much more special.   

A couple small press examples:

Graywolf Press, New Directions, Tin House, Counterpoint Press

How do I sign up?

Fill out this online form for the ongoing subscription, this online form for the gift subscription, or stop by the store.

What subscription plans are available?

There are two plans. The first is an ongoing plan where you receive a 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 where you can gift someone else the subscription for three (3), six (6), and twelve (12) pre-paid monthly plans.

*The first delivery of a gift subscription will come with a letter explaining what the program is and who the gifter is. 

How much does a membership cost?

For the ongoing subscription, the price is the publisher’s list price for the book ($15-$20 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 $3/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 $70 for three (3) months, $140 for six (6) months, and $280 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 first edition paperbacks will be brand new (sent to you within a month of their release dates) books of fiction or--if something really special jumps out at us--we will, once in a while, choose a book of poetry or creative non-fiction. These titles will be chosen by us, the Literati Book Ninjas!

When will I receive my signed first edition?

We estimate our first pick, Love by Hanne Orstavik, to ship out March 1st. If you wish to be one of the first subscribers to Insisto and receive our March 2018 pick, please sign up on or before February 28th. 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 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 Insisto.

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 receive 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 Insisto titles are non-refundable and non-returnable. When signing up for Literati Insisto, 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 indie book subscription program and in order to make Literati Insisto 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 will hold books that are marked for pickup at the store 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! Note: Memberships are currently only available to North American residents.

Do the books I purchase through Literati Insisto add to my Frequent Buyer’s Club balance?

Absolutely! However, the Frequent Buyer’s discount cannot be used to pay for the subscription.

I have a question that isn’t answered here. Whom do I ask?

Ask a Literati Book Ninja in the store, call us at the store 734-585-5567, or email with any questions.