Monday, January 25, 2016

Celebrate Valentine's Day with UStar Novels

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and if you are someone that celebrates, then I thought I would introduce you to U Star Novels. They did not ask me to write this. I just wanted to share a fun product that you could share with a loved one! U Star Novels allows you to personalize your own book. They have books for Kids, Couples, Classic Books, and yes, even Same-Sex couples!

Let's say you wanted to personalize the classic novel Anne of Green Gables. The page where you order gives you the list of characters that you can personalize - this means you put in new names for these characters, using your family or friends. If you want to see how this looks/reads, you can try it out before you buy by visiting the book's page and clicking Free Excerpt. It will give you empty boxes next to characters that feature in the excerpt and you put in new names and then check out the excerpt!

As this is an LGBT+ blog, I wanted to show a company that offered books for Same-Sex couples, as I think this is an important addition to a personalized book site. The Same-Sex books section offers two books for men and two books for women. The men have a book titled Romeo and Romeo, while the women have Juliet and Juliet. Along with these, the m/m novel is Back for Moore and the f/f novel is Secrets of Sydney.

The prices all seem to be around the same. Back for Moore and Secrets of Sydney are both $39.95 for a paperback and $17.95 for an e-book. Most of the classic books are $29.95 for paperback and still $17.95 for an e-book. As for other original book titles, like the two mentioned in the Same-Sex Couples section, the price seems to be similar to those (around $40 for a paperback). Yes, it's a bit of a high price for a paperback for some of these, but at the same time, this is a book that you or your loved one will enjoy for years to come! Maybe they will even want to re-read it every year.

U Star Novels has a U.S. based website, but they also have one for the U.K. and Australia.


Verushka said...

This is such an awesome idea and site! And that they were so inclusive about it too, including a same-sex option.

I have to give this a try, especially if they can do kids books too -- I have vowed to be a literary aunt ;)

JezzebellJC said...

What a great gift idea!

Lola said...

That's such a fun idea! I hadn't heard of this before and I like the concept of being able to personalize your book, although I always think that meeting a main character who has the same name as yourself is always a bit weird and fun.
Those books are a bit pricey, but I can understand why they would charge a bit more than a normal book for them as they are personalized and they would make for a great gift. Thanks for sharing!