We know not everyone has an independent bookstore in their town, so we are bringing the independent bookstore to you!   

A subscription box lovingly created & run by a little independent bookstore at the beach. Your Book Drop box will come straight from our little back office at  Bethany Beach Books, hand packaged and mailed to you by one of our  loving employees.  Each month we will pick one of our favorite new reads that you may not have discovered otherwise.

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A little about our mission…

 Our mission is to spread the love of reading by exposing people to really amazing books. We all have busy lives and unless you are surrounded by books all  day (like us lucky folk), it's a bit overwhelming to pick out one REALLY  good book when there are so many options. That's what we are here  for... to pick out the best of the best and mail them your way, to be  dropped on your doorstep or mailbox.

We understand that you can get a better deal on that site-that-shall-not-be-named, but this box isn't about getting the cheapest price, it's about  having a small independent bookstore hand-select the perfect book and sending it your way once a month. It's about  helping people discover fantastic reads and putting marvelous books into  the hands of readers, books they probably would never have discovered  otherwise. If you're looking for the cheapest box or the cheapest book,  then this box isn't for you... we don't deal in cheap, we deal in fantastic, fabulous, & marvelous books.

Meet our team

Bethany Beach Books Staff!

All of our book-worm, reading-addicted staff love reading in search for the best Book Drop book!     

Amanda Zirn

Creator of The Book Drop, Amanda is always busy reading for book clubs  & doing her best to find the very best reads for you! When she's not doing that, she is usually squeezing cats, eating ice cream sandwiches, or traveling.  Feel free to contact Amanda at  Amanda@BethanyBeachBooks.com or follow her on Instagram - @azandtheatlas 

Publisher Reps!

Our lovely publisher reps are great at giving wonderful suggestions and insight on what we pick! 

How we pick our books

Oh, the pressure!  When you start thinking of all the amazing, hidden gem books that are out there hiding amongst the shelves, it gets overwhelming. How will you find them? What if you spend your time reading a book that doesn’t make you feel something? What if you only read books that everyone else was reading? Oh, the agony. Don’t worry – that’s what we are here for!

What we do is find those hidden gem books that our readers may not have discovered otherwise. It’s easy to shop from the bestsellers list or look at that-site-that-shall-not-be-named’s Top 100 list but that doesn’t mean those books are fabulously, wonderful books that will squeeze your heart and give you a book hangover. Sometimes those books do squeeze your heart and give you a book hangover but we know that readers will find those books without our help.   

The Process

We start by reading… a lot! Amanda is always reading and wondering, “Is this book perfect for Book Drop?” In addition to reading non-stop, we are also talking to our customers, our staff, and our publisher reps to get the scoop on what is amazing & flying under the radar. 

We try to find books that are recently published since the odds of our subscribers having already read it are smaller, but sometimes we send a throwback book that is just too good to be left behind. If the book has too many ratings and reviews online or has hit the bestsellers list, we don’t send it. This isn’t because we don’t love this book with our all of our bookworm hearts, it’s just that we know readers will find these books without our help. 

Books that are featured on the main pages of big-box company sites and that-site-that-shall-not-be-named are wonderful and amazing, we are sure, but we want to send those books that you won’t find unless you’re in an independent bookstore or talking to a bookseller who is passionate about what they do. We don’t doubt your book hunting skills at all, we just know that there are A LOT of books out there (understatement of the year) and we want to help readers spend more time enjoying books and less time being overwhelmed about what book to read next.  

After we select THE book, we talk to our publisher reps and place a (large) order. We then contact the author and explain The Book Drop, what we do, and if they have any signed bookplates or bookmarks they’d be willing to send our way. Most of the authors we speak to are wonderful, excited, amazing folks who are more than happy to send us goodies for our boxes. Sometimes we don’t hear from authors but we know that is simply because they are too busy or are probably in their beautiful library writing their next novel. 

We continue to curate our boxes and then packing & shipping begins! After we pack up our boxes at our warehouse, we hand deliver them to our local post office (shout out to the post office in Bethany Beach!) and they get mailed out to readers all over the world!  

If you have a book suggestion...  

We’d love to hear it!  Whether you’re a reader, author, or representing an author, please feel to submit a book by filling out our Book Drop Book Application here. 

Please note that we cannot accept every book that is submitted but will take the time to consider each. All books must be in trade paperback, be available through a major publisher/distributor, and be published in the USA.  

Let us send you your next favorite book.