About Emily Books

Emily Books is a project that publishes, publicizes, and celebrates the best work of transgressive writers of the past, present and future. Since 2011, we’ve been sending subscribers a book each month via our online bookstore, selecting underappreciated novels and memoirs, mostly by women. Early in our history, we championed the work of Ellen Willis, Eileen Myles and Elena Ferrante, creating an audience of readers who trust us to introduce them to great writers first.  In 2015, we began partnering with independent publisher Coffee House Press to publish two original books a year, which will also be incorporated into our subscription in addition to being distributed and promoted by Coffee House.
We are passionate about the writing of women, trans people, and queer people, and we seek out works that challenge genre distinctions, especially the distinction between memoir and fiction. We look for books that are funny, challenging and provocative. Our favorite writers are frank and unapologetic and make often-ignored or misunderstood subjectivities and points of view feel both relatable and utterly unique.


I ordered a book. How do I download it?

You can download your book by clicking the link in the order fulfillment email you received. Or, if that’s not working (sometimes devices, email clients and browsers don’t play well together), you can always log in to your account on emilybooks.com and download your purchases from your library.

How does an Emily Books subscription work?

When you subscribe, you’ll get an email with a link to download that month’s book pick, and  you’ll receive a book each month forever, or, until you cancel.

I don’t want to subscribe. Can I just buy one book?


Why not just wait and see whether it’s a book I think I’ll like, instead of buying a subscription?

So you won’t have to remember to check to see whether it’s a book you’ll like each month, and so you’ll always have something great waiting on your phone or reading device when you’re in the mood to pick up a new book.

I read on my Kindle (Nook, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Kobo, etc). What format should I download books in?

Download books in .mobi for Kindle and .epub for everything else. If you would like to read on your Android phone, please take a look at this Lifehacker article.

I bought a book and received a confirmation email, but I can't figure out how to get the book onto my device.

Email us and our experts will help you troubleshoot.

I don't live in the United States. Can I still subscribe?


Who's behind the scenes at Emily Books?

Emily Books was founded in 2011 by Ruth Curry and Emily Gould.

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Unfortunately we’re not able to make it available here. Please buy it from your local independent bookseller!

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Does Emily teach any writing classes or anything?

Yes! You can take a class online with Emily at Skillshare, or IRL at Catapult (next session starts soon!)


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