The Travelling Reader has a range of products from which to choose: try a one-off gift purchase for yourself or a friend, or subscribe to one or more of our monthly boxes.
Don't forget, we also have the occasional special editions, too.
Take a look at our options and come with us on a British reading journey!
To purchase a subscription, you will be directed to our subscription payment service. If you want to purchase a one-time box, you will be directed to the Shop.
Please be aware that our subscription service is now suspended and our shop is closed. Please see here.
Important subscription details
What is The Travelling Reader?
The Travelling Reader provides a book and food subscription service based in Britain. We also provide one-time gift box options.
What monthly boxes do you provide?
We provide The Original Travelling Reader, The London Travelling Reader and Simply British Tastes boxes. For our monthly Original Travelling Reader boxes, we include a recommended fiction book based in an area of Britain and we gather locally-crafted, book-related or place-related products to complement the book. Our London boxes include a recommended book set in London and other London products to go with it. For both of these boxes, we select our fiction books from novels written anytime after January 2000. For our Simply British Tastes box, we curate a box full of food and drink from a selected area in Britain.
What other boxes do you have?
The Traditional Britain boxes are special editions which include factual books and are available now and then - please keep your eyes out for new boxes or sign up for email updates when we will be sure to let you know.
What's in the box?
For our monthly fiction boxes, you will receive a fiction book that is set in Britain or Ireland and book- or place-related items which complement your reading experience. You may discover an item from the locality or something from the story itself. Please see our Previous Boxes here to see examples of our boxes. Where possible, we aim to source our products from locally based suppliers or small business artisans to support the local economy. The boxes contain a different book each time. In our Traditional Britain boxes, we include a factual, non-fiction book.
Please note, the choice of items in your box is based on the value of the complete reading experience, not the total monetary value.
How much are your boxes?
Prices are between £19.99 and £34.99 a month.
If I subscribe, when will I be billed?
If this is your first time subscribing, you will be billed immediately. After receiving your first box, you will be billed on each 1st of the month.
What counts as the current month?
Subscriptions purchased before the 10th of the month will receive the current month's box. Subscriptions purchased on or after the 10th will receive next month's box. For example, if you purchase a subscription on the 9th August, you will receive the August box. Purchases made on the 11th August would result in receiving the September box.
What's the difference from the subscription page and the shop?
Our subscription page is hosted by Subbly and is separate from our shop pages to enable a recurring payment system for your monthly recurring purchase. Purchases from the shop for one-time boxes or other items are made through a different cart system. It is not possible to complete a subscription and a shop purchase in the same transaction. This means you will need to complete two transactions separately if you want to purchase from the shop and also to subscribe to a monthly box. But please be assured that is the only difference and we will complete your orders with the same efficiency.
When do you ship the boxes?
We ship our Travelling Reader boxes around the 20th of the month - please be aware this may fluctuate but usually by no more than 1-2 days in normal circumstances. Unfortunately, sometimes delays can occur (very rare!) but we are always working hard behind the scenes to get your box to you on time and we will always inform you. One-time purchases for previous items we already have in stock will be dispatched immediately.
How is the box shipped?
We send our boxes by Royal Mail. We use Standard delivery. Once the box has left us, we are not longer responsible for its safe arrival with you, however we will do our best to assist you in the unfortunate event that your box goes missing.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! Many of our customers are from outside of the UK. Once you subscribe and enter your address at the checkout, international delivery rates will appear with your order. If this does not happen automatically, and especially if the UK price of £2.99 appears, please contact us for more details about shipping to other countries and the prices incurred. If shipping does not add on at checkout, please contact us before purchase.
How long will it be before my box arrives?
We ship boxes by second class Royal Mail deliveries. Please expect this to take at least 2 days to be delivered to your address in the UK. If you do not receive your box within at least 7 days, feel free to contact us so that we can help you report the incident with Royal Mail. International shipping times will vary according to country and we cannot be held responsible for any delays. We are also not responsible for paying international import charges if these apply to your country.
What happens if no one is in to receive the box?
If you miss your delivery and have received a delivery slip, you can ask your postal service to redeliver your box which should be for no extra charge. However, this may be dependent on your postal system rules. Please remember that if your box is not collected within a certain time-frame (dependent on your postal service), it will be returned to us in accordance with their rules. In this instance, if a box is returned to us, we can either refund the money you have paid for the box (not delivery costs) or we can resend the box on receipt of a further shipping payment.
What if I have already read this book?
As The Travelling Reader boxes uses the surprise element, book titles are not disclosed to the recipients until they have received the box and therefore, you may on times receive a book you already have. We would hope that the other products included with the box would complement the book and more than compensate for any unknowing duplication. We do not refund boxes based on this reason. Alternatively, we would suggest that the book could be given to a friend.
Can I skip a month or cancel?
We will charge you each month for your box on a recurring basis until you decide to cancel. If you want to skip a month, that's not a problem. Just log in and request to skip. If you want to cancel altogether, you can do so also by logging into your account. Please bear in mind the date of the month because we may have already taken payment or shipped your box. If there is any problem, just email us at
I missed out on a box I really wanted! What can I do?
After boxes have been shipped out to customers, we generally have a small amount left which we then put on sale in the shop. However, these are limited and once they have sold out there are no more. The shop boxes also cost a little more, so we advise subscribing to the box on a monthly basis to get a better deal!
How do I purchase a gift for a friend?
Please add your subscription to your shopping cart and tick the gift option. You can check the box to make a one-off gift or to have the gift renew each month - it's up to you. If you have any problems at all, contact us at
Is there anything else I need to be aware of?
Yes. All of our boxes contain beverages, confectionery, and sometimes other edible products. Please be aware that these often contain allergens and we strongly advise you to avoid purchase or consumption of these products if you have a food allergy/intolerance/medical condition. We also include small items such as a bookmark that may present a choking hazard. Please keep all such items away from babies and young children.
I just want to sign up to your newsletter at the moment, is that OK?
Of course! And remember, when you sign up to our free newsletter, you will be the first to know about any special offers and updates!