Here’s something new on the Australian SFF scene: The Never Never Book Box, a loot box for books. If you’re familiar with the concept of Loot Crate, which supplies its subscribers with a regular dose of geek pop culture stuff/junk, then you might wonder why nobody has done this before.
If you’re not familiar, the idea is simple: every two months, subscribers receive a box packed with Australian spec-fic themed goodies, including at least one hardcopy book and one ebook code. Various other items related to the featured book – book plates, personalised messages from the author, bookmarks etc – enhance the experience. Other items included range from swanky journals, tea blends, games, toys etc.
I’m all for endeavours looking for new ways to promote Australian speculative fiction. This one looks like a lot of fun. If you are coming to Conflux in Canberra this coming weekend, the Never Never crew will be launching the project and giving attendees a sneak peak at the sort of thing they can expect.
Better still, they are having a prize draw for an exclusive one-off “You ain’t seen nothing yet” box to someone at the convention. This one includes a copy of K J Taylor’s Tales of Cymria and an ebook of Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole. Not to mention other cool loot:
That launch is 11 am on Monday, 2nd October at Vibe Hotel, Canberra airport. Just walk in the front door, you’ll see it. Since I can’t be there, I’m putting my money where my mouth is and taking out a half-year subscription to check out the Never Never Book Box.
If you are looking for a really unexpected gift for the science fiction/fantasy reader in your life, this is perfect. And I’m not saying *I’m* a science fiction/fantasy reader in your life, but come on, you probably know one! Why not give them a birthday present that keeps on giving?
Late edit: To get a small discount on your subscription, you can use this “Dave referred me” link. (I also get a discount, so you know, win-win. I will note I didn’t know about this until I subscribed, because apparently I don’t read the details any more).