The Best Year of Reading You'll Ever Have.

Welcome to Roundabout's Shelf Essentials! By joining the program, six times a year Roundabout Books will send you, a friend or family member, a hardcover first edition of a book we think is essential reading for the year. This is the perfect gift for bibliophiles, introducing them to the best emerging new authors, while building a library of fine first editions from celebrated novelists. It's the gift that keeps giving through the whole year!  $200 covers the full membership and all shipping costs for your year of books. 

What book is shipping next? 

Volume 1:  American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings, Pub Date 1.21.2020
Volume 2:  The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, Pub Date 03.03.2020
Volume 3: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Pub Date 06.02.2020

How Does Shelf Essentials Work?

Simply add the item to your cart and upon check out you will be prompted to enter your shipping information.  You can also join the program by speaking to a bookseller in the shop. 

What If I Get a Book That I Simply Don't Like?

You may bring the book to the bookstore with the recipt that is included in your shelf awareness box and we'll exchange it or give you store credit. 

When will my books arrive?

We guarantee you will receive six books throughout the year, and though we will do our best to send a book every two months, the publication dates of our book choices dictate when the books are shipped. We will keep the list of upcoming titles on this page. 

What If I Have a Problem or Query? Who Do I Contact?

We are an actual brick and mortar bookstore, so feel free to stop by or give us a call!