Books make the best gifts: Bionic Book Subscription 


We all know books make the best gifts, whether it’s to family or friends, or to ourselves. This Christmas it’s easier than ever to treat yourself or a loved one with the Australian service, Bionic Book Subscription.

Founded during lockdown to benefit readers (and authors), the Bionic Book Subscription service is the brainchild of Melbourne digital designer, Nick McKay. The name ‘Bionic’ comes from the service being ‘half human, half machine’ in that it combines an algorithm designed to learn your reading preferences, with the expertise of a curator who hand picks a book to suit your tastes.

Subscribing to the Bionic Book Subscription service begins with an easy to navigate multiple choice questionnaire that query’s your preferences of the types of books you might like to read.

Then you’ll be asked to choose your subscription plan: one book per month or one book every two months.

It’s really that simple!

It’s a thrill to anticipate the arrival of the mystery book, and you likely won’t have long to wait, as books are sent out on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. McKay has such faith in the Bionic Book Subscription service  that If you don’t like a book you’re sent, or if you’ve already read it, you can simply exchange it (free return shipping is included), or get a refund.

I was delighted to receive my first ‘bionic’ book, courtesy of Nick and the Bionic Book Subscription. It is definitely something I would read, and not something I already own, that’s an impressive feat given my groaning shelves.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

I really like the personalised, collaborative approach the service takes to ensure your subscription continues to deliver books that suit your tastes. Each time you receive a book, you are asked to complete another short questionnaire to indicate your satisfaction with the selection. These answers are then merged with with the results of prior questionnaires to refine the algorithm the curator then draws on to choose your next book.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, you can treat yourself to a Bionic Book Subscription, or you can purchase a subscription as a gift for a family member or friend, and arrange for the welcome email to be scheduled to be sent on Christmas Day. The service is great value, at just $29.95 per month for one book delivered every month, or $29.95 every two months for one book delivered every two months, including delivery (within Australia). Prepaid subscriptions are also available at lower monthly rates, and you can cancel or suspend the service at any time.

I’m pleased to note that the Bionic Book Subscription service makes an effort to minimise their impact on the environment by using a carbon neutral delivery service, 100% compostable, reusable padded mailer bags from Hero Packaging, and prints all letters on 100% recycled paper.

My next book is due soon, and I’ve already decided I’m going to put it under the Christmas tree so that I have a surprise gift to open.

Visit  Bionic Book Subscription 

to learn more

and subscribe today.



NB I received a three month subscription to trial the service but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 05, 2021 @ 01:33:16

    I think this would be an excellent gift!

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  2. Greg
    Dec 05, 2021 @ 09:41:42

    What an excellent service. I’ve seen a few bookstores here that offer something similar, I almost signed up for one a few years ago when I discovered the bookstore on vacation. And I like your idea of having a surprise mystery gift under the tree. 🙂

    I hope this service does well!

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 04:20:42

    This sounds like a great subscription service. I already do Book of the Month or I’d consider it. BOTM is less personalized so maybe one day I’ll switch. Enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. WendyW
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 07:21:06

    What a great gift to give either to another booklover or me! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person


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