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The Second Shelf is an online bookshop and quarterly publication of rare books and words by women.
The Second Shelf is an online bookshop and quarterly publication of rare books and words by women.
608 backers pledged £32,002 to help bring this project to life.

The Second Shelf and You!

Posted by A. N. Devers (Creator)
The Second Shelf is now in print and in the mail to backers!
The Second Shelf is now in print and in the mail to backers!

The Second Shelf: A Quarterly of Rare Books and Words By Women is hot off the press and have been shipped from our mail house. They are crossing the pond and starting to arrive. Digital downloads will be sent by the end of the week!

Backers totes, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and posters have been printed and after a few hurdles with shipping are now getting ready to mail out this week. 

Surprise first editions and mini-libraries are being selected and assembled over the next two weeks, and will ship by mid-October. If there is any reason, if the purchase was a gift, for example, you need yours to arrive sooner, please email and we will do our best to prioritize your needs. Everyone has been patient and we appreciate it so much. 

The Second Shelf has also been pond hopping and setting up at The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, and the Brooklyn Book Festival, and I spoke at the Cardiff Book Festival and the National Library of Scotland! All of this couldn't have happened without a lot of help from our friends, part-time staff, and supporters. Our biggest project is that we are opening a brick-and-mortar store in London, hopefully in mid-November.

Our website is still under development, primarily due to the unforeseen opportunity to open the shop, and our need to finalize details for the shop, in order to finish the website. It is coming along, though, and when it goes up we will have a bookstore online with over 600 books ready to browse. In the meantime, if you want to purchase something from the first issue of The Second Shelf, simply email us at Don't hesitate, as orders have started to come in! 

Thank you for all of you vocal support. We couldn't have done what we are doing without you and your enthusiasm has been a bright light guiding us through the choppy new business seas. 

To those asking how to help support our launch further, we offer our sincere appreciation. One thing that helps us keep going and growing that you can do, if you wish, is ask your library to subscribe. We can set up an account for them, as many can't do the Backerkit preorder. They can email us for more information at And if you need to direct them to more information about what we are up to, feel free to send them this profile that published last night in Vanity Fair. Thank you!

If you'd like to join The Second Shelf's mailing list to learn about future events, deals, and issues of our quarterly, sign-up here.

If you've decided you want more merchandise, or additional issues or subscriptions you have time! They are available here.

Truly yours,

A. N. Devers

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    1. Richard Minsky on

      Congratulations, and thanks for the update! Can't wait to get my copy+. Maybe it will arrive today. I'm hoping it will come by tomorrow so I can take it to the Oak Knoll Fest as hotel room reading.

    2. A. N. Devers 2-time creator on

      FORGIVE THE TYPO! HAS, not have. Thank you, I have a cold!