In this digital age of clicks and views, a new subscription box service is here to bring books back into focus.
Noir Reads, a monthly subscription box featuring Black authors, launched last month and the company has its sights set on creating a global community of readers, one shipment at a time.
â€œOur aim was to create a resource comprised of narratives on the black experience and the multiplicity of Blackness,â€ founder Zellie Imani told The Huffington Post.
For Imani and co-founder Derick Brewer, the service is about more than just selling books. They believe collective reading is a key component in building community. Â In addition to the books that are mailed out each month, each Noir Reads subscription includes a reading guide and access to an online book club forum.
â€œI think one of the things that a lot of us wish we had was a local book club,â€ the 32-year-old told the Atlanta Black Star. â€œBut a lot of us, sometimes, cannot find people who enjoy the same topics we do and the Internet is a perfect medium for people to dialogue about and have a discourse with each other.â€
Each monthâ€™s box includes titles that match the monthâ€™s theme. The inaugural boxâ€™s theme is â€œFrom Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation,â€ and will contain books by Angela Davis and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.
Subscriptions are priced at $35 per month or $100 every three months.
Visit Noir Reads and subscribe at www.noir-reads.com.